Maintaining Your F-1 Visa Status

  • Students must have a valid (unexpired) passport.
  • Attend the school that you are authorized to attend based on your I-20. If you are transferring from another U.S. College or University immediately prior to coming to Middle Georgia State University, complete the MGA F1 Student Transfer Form so that both schools are aware of your intent to transfer and update your SEVIS records accordingly.
  • Maintain a full semester load with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. This does not apply to summer semester unless it's the first semester you attend. Students may study under 12 credits if is their last semester and they require less than 12 credits to graduate. See your International Student Admissions adviser regarding any changes to your schedule.
  • Dropping a class is not permitted unless a student still maintains 12 or more credit hours each semester.
  • Students cannot audit or withdraw from a class without prior permission from their international student adviser.
  • Students can only enroll in one online course each semester.
  • Be aware of your program completion date on your I-20. An extension to your I-20 will be permitted only once if you are progressing satisfactorily towards your degree.
  • Students are limited to 20 hours per week of on-campus employment when school is in session.
  • AVOID UNAUTHORIZED EMPLOYMENT. The Department of Homeland Security restricts international students from working off campus.
  • Make normal progress toward completing the course of study.
  • Notify the International Student Admissions Adviser if you intend to transfer to another school and complete the MGA F1 Student Transfer Out Form.
  • Students must report a change of address, name, or phone number to the International Student Admissions Advisers within 10 days of the change.
  • Within 60 days of completing the course of study, you must transfer to another school or leave the United States.
  • Students must not leave the United States, even for a short time, without making sure that all travel documents are valid and in their possession, and that the International Student Admissions Adviser signs their I-20.
  • Please be advised that failure to comply with USCIS regulations will result in loss of F1 status and will require reinstatement by USCIS.

Margo Woodham, International Student Admissions Advisor
Middle Georgia State University
100 University Parkway
Macon, GA 31206
Phone: 478.471.2975