UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
What does it mean to be "in status"?
The U.S. federal government considers you to be in valid F-1 status if you fulfill all of the conditions of your F-1 visa. The conditions are:
When would I be considered "out of status"?
You are considered to be "out of status" if you do not fulfill the conditions of your F-1 visa.
What the consequences of being "out of status"?
If you are out of status, you lose the following privileges and benefits:
How do I get back in status?
To get back in status you must do one of the following things: apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for reinstatement within the U.S. or leave the U.S. and be readmitted with a new I-20. The ability for reinstatement is extremely limited. For more details please consult with ISS. You will not be able to obtain a reinstatement if you have been out of status for five months or more, or if you have worked since being out of status.
When does my F-1 status end?
Your F-1 status ends either on the dates listed in #5 on your I-20 or when you complete the last requirement for your program of study, whichever comes first. If you are considering reducing your enrollment below full-time, withdrawing from your program, or if you may be dropped from your program, please consult ISS prior to taking these actions as they have serious ramifications on your visa status.
How long can I stay in the U.S.?
You may stay in the U.S. for 60 days after completion of your program. You may not work during those 60 days. If you withdraw from school, you may stay in the U.S. for 15 days only if you have prior approval from ISS. If you do not request approval from ISS to withdraw, you must depart the U.S. as soon as possible.