You are required to understand and follow United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations. Regis University’s DSO is required to report information to the USCIS through the Student Exchange and Visitor Information Systems (SEVIS). There are important regulations that you must follow in order to maintain your visa status. You are ultimately responsible for your lawful status while you are in the U.S. on your F-1 visa.
SEVIS is the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System web-based software used by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State to monitor SEVP-certified schools and F, M, and J nonimmigrants during their stay in the U.S. The DSO at Regis University is responsible for maintaining SEVIS and ensuring that all student records are complete and accurate. Your enrollment status, address, employment, academic program, etc. are reported and kept up-to-date in SEVIS during the duration of your program at Regis University.
Maintaining F-1 student status
1. Attend the school listed on your I-20
Regis University has issued your I-20, and thus, you must only attend classes at Regis University. If concurrent enrollment at another school is necessary, then you must contact the DSO prior to registering for classes there.
2. Keep the information on your I-20 up-to-date
The information on your I-20 must be current at all times. This information includes changes in academic program, financials, work authorization, and I-20 expiration date. You must also keep all I-20s that Regis University issues to you.
3. Make academic progress
You must continue to make academic progress every semester. You must earn satisfactory grades for all of your courses. Failure to make academic progress will result in academic probation and possibly academic suspension from Regis University.
4. Report address changes
You are required to report address changes to the DSO within 10 days of moving.
5. Must attend class full-time, Exceptions to full-time enrollment
You must attend class full-time every semester. Undergraduate student must attend 12 credit hours per semester. Graduate students must attend 6 credit hours per semester. In addition, only one online course per semester counts towards your full-time registration. Regis University has 3 semesters per year (spring, summer, and fall), and each semester is 16 weeks long.
Classes that you audit or receive a W grade (withdrawal) do not count towards your full-time enrollment status. Classes that you receive failing grades in, such as D or F, do count towards your full-time enrollment but may result in academic probation or suspension.
- Exceptions to full-time enrollment
Annual vacation: You are eligible for an annual semester break during the summer semester. You must attend full-time during the fall and spring semesters.
Medical illness/academic reason: If you cannot attend full-time, then you must receive authorization from the DSO to attend less than full-time. A Reduced Course Load (RCL) must be warranted by the USCIS and authorized by the DSO. RCLs are only approved under certain circumstances such as a medical condition or initial difficulty with the English language. You may only have a maximum of 12 months of RCL authorization.
Final semester: If you are in your last semester of class and have fewer credits to complete than full-time enrollment, then you are allowed to attend less than full-time.
6. Must not work unless authorized
You are not authorized to work unless you receive approval from the DSO. You must receive employment authorization before you can begin working