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Immigration Responsibilities

An international student in the United States must abide by certain rules and regulations, in order to maintain their immigration status. Failure to follow these rules constitutes a violation of status and could result in your being forced to leave the United States. The type of status you hold depends on what visa you used to enter the U.S. and your purpose for being here. Each status carries with it different responsibilities.

  • Immigration Status Types - Reason for being in the United States
  • F-1 Status: Students in F-1 status are admitted to the United States to enroll in academic courses and earn an associate’s, bachelor's, master’s, doctoral degree or to study English.
  • F-1 students entering the United States on an I-20, you must attend the school that issued the I-20 the first available semester after your arrival. You will be expected to attend that school for a minimum of one semester before transferring to another school.
  • F-1 students must maintain a full course load for the duration of your stay. At Fayetteville State University, you must be registered for a least 12 credit hours per semester as an undergraduate student and 6 credit hours as a graduate student.
  • F-1 students are allowed to work on campus only (campus based funds). Students are limited to part-time employment 20 hours per week or less) during the regular fall and spring semesters. During holiday breaks and summer vacation, you can work up to 40 hours.
    Employment off campus must be authorized by the International Student Advisor and the INS and is possible only under certain circumstances. Therefore, international students cannot sign up for an internship/co-op for college credit or apply for practical training in their field of study after completing their degree without prior authorization.
  • International students are not required to take classes during scheduled breaks.

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