Students: Follow These Steps to Maintain Your Status
While studying in the United States, you must follow specific rules to maintain your F or M student status.
Maintaining your status is important because when the U.S. Department of State issued you an F or M student visa, it meant that you were coming to the United States for the sole purpose of completing a program of study at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified school. If you take any action that detracts from that purpose, you risk losing your status and being sent home.
Read these Study in the States resources and follow the steps they outline to maintain your student status while you study in the United States:
Finally, always remember to talk with your designated school official (DSO) if you have any questions about maintaining status while studying in the United States. Your DSO can help you make sure that you are following necessary rules and regulations.
Want to learn more about student status? Read Student Visa vs. Student Status: What is the Difference? to get a better understanding of how your status is different from your F or M student visa.