October 10, 2019
Designated school officials (DSOs) must register their Initial and Active international students in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information…
While studying in the United States, it is important to maintain your F or M student status.
Your student status relates to the purpose for or reason why you want to come to the United States. If you take any action that detracts from that purpose, you risk losing your status and being sent to your home country.
If the U.S. Department of State issues you an F or M student visa, you are coming to the United States to study. You should not take any action that detracts from studying. Maintaining your status means:
If you are an F-1 student, you have 60 days after the program end date on your Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” to leave the United States. If you are an M-1 student, you have 30 days after the program end date on your Form I-20 to leave the United States. Failure to depart within this grace period could adversely impact your ability to re-enter the United States under a different nonimmigrant or immigrant classification.
Always remember to talk with your designated school official if you have any questions about maintaining status while studying in the United States.