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

Virtual Remote Advising

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm to 4:00pm. These virtual zoom sessions are only for questions that will take 15 minutes or less.

>>Virtual Drop-in Request

Walk-In (In-person) Advising

Tuesday, Thursday 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Schedule an Appointment

Call 785-864-3617 to set up an appointment for all processes (except a reduced course load with approval on an electronic I-20).


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