You entered the U.S. with an F-1 visa (or, if Canadian, used an I-20 to enter the U.S.) OR
You entered the U.S. with a different visa, and subsequently applied for and were granted a change-of-status to F-1 by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).
THEREFORE, your primary purpose for being in the U.S. is to study.
To maintain your F-1 status, you must comply with ALL of the following requirements:
F-1 students have a 60-day grace period upon completion of studies to depart the U.S., transfer to a new school (if eligible) or begin Optional Practical Training (if eligible).
Failure to comply with these requirements is a violation of your F-1 status, which may result in serious consequences, including the termination of your SEVIS record, and your inability to re-enter the U.S., accural of unlawful presence, detention and deportation from the U.S. Please direct all questions regarding your F-1 student status to ISS, 210 Talbert, email@example.com.
Full-Time Certification vs Reduced Course Load: What's the Difference?
If you are a graduate student near the end of your program you may be eligible. Contact your department’s graduate coordinator (before the semester begins) to see if you qualify. If you qualify, you will file a form with your academic department and the Graduate School.
The Graduate School has Full-Time Certification forms on their website.
If you are an F-1 student who meets the eligibility requirements for one of the three types of Reduced Course loads, you may apply for this benefit through ISS.