F-1 Student

Being in F-1 student status means that your primary purpose for being in the U.S. is to study.

  • 8/26/20
    Learn what F-1 students need to know about paying the SEVIS fee.
  • 9/20/21
    Understand what you need to do to maintain your F-1 student status.
  • 8/4/21
    F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus during their academic program if they are maintaining their F-1 status.
  • 12/31/19
    Immigration regulations require that F-1 students maintain a full course of study (12 credits each semester for most students; 9 credits each semester for Graduate Students with an Assistantship). However, the regulations do permit a "Reduced Course Load" in very limited situations.
  • 4/30/21
    Find out what you need to do if your I-20 is expiring and you need more time to complete your studies.
  • 7/30/21
    Find out how to apply for a Leave of Absence and how it impacts your immigration status.
  • 10/1/21
    Curricular Practical Training (CPT) enables F-1 students to take part in an internship or other experience that is integral to the curriculum of their degree program.
  • 9/20/21
    Optional Practical Training is an F-1 student benefit that allows you to work off-campus in a job related to your major. It is meant to supplement your academic experience with practical experience.
  • 4/30/21
    Some F-1 students wish to bring their spouse and/or children to the U.S.  Learn about F-2 status and what you need to do to obtain F-2 I-20's for your dependents.
  • 7/30/21
    To be eligible for a change of status to F-1, you must have maintained and currently be in a valid immigration status, be admitted to a degree program at UB and have received an I-20. 
  • 10/12/21
    Maintaining F-1 status is very important. Recent changes in US immigration policy make it difficult to correct an immigration status violation.
  • 4/30/21
    Economic Hardship employment authorization is permission granted to F-1 students by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work off-campus due to specific economic hardship criteria.
  • 5/26/21
    If you plan to transfer from UB to another school or vice versa, you may need a SEVIS Transfer.
  • 9/1/21
    If you're nearing the end of your time at UB, we hope your time here has been productive and enjoyable. Find out more about your next steps after you leave.
  • 8/2/21
    Participation in this session is required for all new international students, students changing their status to F-1, and those returning to UB after being away for one year or more.


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