Maintaining Your Student Status
Obtaining a visa with a specific expiration date is not an assurance that you will be able to stay in the US and maintain your F or J status. Your right to stay in the US may be forfeited at any time if you violate the regulations of your student non-immigrant status. Below is a list of rules and regulations you must follow throughout the duration of your program of study.
You are required to maintain the following valid documents as well as carry the originals at all times: passport, I-94 card, I-20/DS-2019 document.
You must maintain a full course of study for each spring and fall semester (undergraduate 12 hours and graduate
9 hours). You are permitted to take one 3 hour-on line class or distance learning class per semester. Summer Registration is not required unless admitted in the summer. Obtain authorization from the DSO/ARO before dropping below full time requirements.
You must make normal academic progress towards the completion of your degree as indicated by the end date of your I-20 or DS-2019 document.
You must obtain a new travel signature on your I-20 BEFORE traveling out of the US. Travel Signatures are valid for 1 year.
You must receive WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION from International Engagement for the following: Reduced Course Load for Medical and/or Academic Reasons.
You must receive WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION from International Engagement before accepting any kind of employment (on/off campus) in the U.S. You must get work authorization every time you add/change your place of work. You are only allowed to work 19 hours per week while school is in session.
You must update your U.S. Residence address and/or phone number within 10 days from the day the change has occurred by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to make notification within 10 days is a violation of your visa regulations.
You must maintain contact with International Engagement by checking all e-mail correspondence using your official TAMIU e-mail address. Failure to check your email daily could result in serious consequences.
By checking the box below, you agree to comply with the requirements of this document. I also acknowledge that it is required by law to terminate an F-1, F-3 or J-1 visa holder if compliance requirements are violated.
Please note that this is not a complete list of regulations. For more information please visit