Requirements for maintaining lawful status
Here are the requirements for maintaining lawful status:
Check in with your international advisor within one week of coming to the U.S.
Enroll and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
Not participate in any off-campus unauthorized employment.
Never work more than 20 hours per week on campus while school is in session.
Have your I-20 signed by an international student advisor before traveling out of country, if you are planning to return to KCKCC.
Get a new I-20 whenever you change degree levels, majors, or institutions.
Maintain a current passport and I-20. The I-20 is valid until the date indicated in item #5, or the date you finish your program, whichever comes first. If you have not completed your program, you can request an extension of your I-20. You must request a program extension and submit a new bank statement to your international advisor to complete this process. You should request an extension I-20 at least 30 days prior to the expiration date.
You must inform KCKCC any time you move.
Please note that students in academic classes can only take one course via internet in any term to count toward a full course of study.
See your international advisor if you have ANY questions BEFORE you do something different.
It’s always easier to stay in status than to get back in status.
Reduction in Course Load
Please make sure you maintain your full-time enrollment (12 credit hours) every fall and spring semester. (Summer is optional). Please remember that if you do not attend your classes, your instructor can withdraw you. Check the student handbook and courses syllabi for guidelines for your class.
There are certain situations when a student can take fewer than 12 credit hours and still maintain their legal F-1 status. Generally, these reasons include: last semester of study or a specific medical condition. Please make an appointment with your international advisor to discuss your situation.