Loyola University Maryland

International Student Services

Immigration

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Maintaining Student Status

  • Maintain a valid passport at all times.
  • Attend Loyola University Maryland, the school which issued your Form I-20.
  • Pursue a full course of study and make normal progress towards the completion of the program of study
    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in and complete at least 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Courses taken for "audit" or "incomplete" do not generate credits and cannot be used in calculating full-time status.
  • Only one online course/distance education can count towards full-time enrollment.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress. Undergraduate students should refer to the "Good Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress" section of the undergraduate catalog.
  • Complete academic program by the date stated in item 5 of your Form I-20. Do not let your Form I-20 expire.
  • Obtain a travel signature on your Form I-20 from your International Student Advisor prior to any travel outside the United States.
  • Keep your US Address and US phone number updated with OISS at all times. Any change in address must be submitted within 10 days.
  • At the end of your academic program: depart from the United States within 60 days after completing your degree or program.
  • According to Immigration Regulations, a student has completed their degree when she/he has satisfied all academic program requirements. This means your Form I-20 will end on the final day of the semester you are enrolled in your last required courses, regardless of the semester of your graduation. You may not request to take additional courses in a new semester once your required coursework has been completed.
  • Update Form I-20
    • To legally remain in the U.S., you must also have a current Form I-20, which corresponds to your level, field and period of study. Be aware of the information on your Form I-20 and keep it current!
  • Extend Form I-20.
    • Follow procedures to extend your non-immigrant status if you will not complete your studies by the program end date on your Form I-20.
  • Program Level Change.
    • Follow procedures to continue from one level of study to another (e.g. from Master's to Ph.D.)
  • Employment Authorization.
    • Refrain from working off-campus unless you have official authorization from OISS or USCIS. Students may work on-campus up to 20 hours total per week during the school year, and full-time on-campus during summers and vacation periods.  F-1 students may work on-campus without authorization.
  • Final Term
    • Follow the appropriate procedures and regulations as you approach your final term.
  • Medical Insurance
    • International students are required to have health insurance that meets Department of State minimum requirements, and are required to have health insurance for the duration of their degree at Loyola. Please be sure to drop off an updated copy of your insurance when you renew your policy.

Failure to comply with these regulations will result in the loss of your non-immigrant status. We refer to this as being "out of status." Please see an international student advisor if you think you are out of status.