Maintaining Legal F-1 Status


  • Do not let passport expire
  • Report a change of name in passport (within 10 days to iHawk)
  • Carry I-94 (either electronic printout or paper card) at all times
  • Extend I-20 PRIOR to Program End Date on I-20 if not finished
  • Get a new I-20 for any change in major or degree level at KU


  • On-Campus work: Limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session
  • Off-Campus work: ALWAYS get authorization before receiving ANY compensation for services performed OFF campus
  • Do NOT work on campus after your I-20 Program End Date


  • Get an ISS immigration advisor signature on your I-20 before traveling outside the U.S. to return to continue your program


  • Complete a full course of study each semester unless you get approval from an ISS immigration advisor PRIOR to dropping below full time
  • Students taking any AEC/EAP classes cannot count any online classes toward full-time enrollment. For others, only one online class (up to 3 credit hours) can count toward the full-time enrollment requirement.
  • Get approval from ISS if taking classes at another school concurrently or online as part of full-time enrollment requirement
  • Tell ISS if you plan to pursue a degree at or transfer to another school


  • Report change of U.S. address or phone number within 10 days (required in iHawk and highly recommended in Enroll & Pay)
  • Leave the U.S. within 60 days of finishing your program, or, if eligible, apply for change of status or be admitted to another academic program
  • Always read e-mails from ISS

Additional Resource

Immigration Advising Hours

ISS is open 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday. 

Walk-in hours:
1:30pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday

Appointment hours:
9:00am-11:30am Tuesday-Friday
Walk-in vs. Appointment
Appointments are for matters ≥ 15 minutes.
Walk-in advising is for matters ≤ 15 minutes.
Walk-ins are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Walk-ins: Withdrawal from KU, concurrent enrollment, curricular practical training*, dependents, duplicate I-20 or DS-2019, extension for I-20*, financial update, J-1 on-campus work permit, reduced course load, social security number, transferring out, and any general questions.
Appointments: J-1 academic training, change of status, economic hardship, curricular practical training*, optional practical training, OPT STEM extension, reinstatement, and extension for I-20* or DS-2019.
*can be conducted during walk-in or by appointment.

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