Maintaining Status

As an F or J student, it is your responsibility to understand and comply with the terms of your immigration status during your stay in the United States. Any violation of the immigration regulations could jeopardize your status and legal stay in the U.S. 

As of August 9, 2018, any status violation starts the immediate accrual of unlawful presence in the U.S. In other words, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin counting and tracking “unlawful presence” if anyone with F, J, or M status violates the terms of their status, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

More than 180 days of unlawful presence can result in a 3-year or 10-year bar or restriction from entering the U.S. Accumulating more than one year of unlawful presence could result in a lifetime bar from entering the U.S. This new rule raises the stakes for status violations and requires immediate action from a status violator because inaction, even as innocent as wanting to finish a semester or program without addressing the violation, can have serious consequences for the future. The final Policy Memorandum, posted August 9, 2018, may be read here and additional guidance from NAFSA: Association of International Educators is also available here.

Maintaining your status begins with these basic principles: 

  1. Always read your emails from CSUF and International Student Services (ISS)
  2. Follow campus and ISS deadlines
  3. Attend class meetings and strive to do well academically.

Below are links to specific immigration rules, and what you must do to maintain your status.

Please read through the sections carefully and consult an International Student Advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Maintaining Status for Current StudentsF-1 & J-1

Please review the list to ensure you maintain your status while studying at California State University, Fullerton.

Maintaining Status while on Post-Completion OPTF-1 only

Please review the list to ensure you maintain your status while on Post-Completion OPT. 

Maintaining Status while on STEM OPT ExtensionF-1 only

Please review the list to ensure you maintain your status while on STEM OPT Extension.

Leaving Cal State Fullerton

Learn more about taking a leave of absence, transferring to another U.S. school, and steps you need to take before returning or leaving the U.S. permanently.

Leaving Cal State Fullerton

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