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Immigration regulations state that all international students must register for a full course load.
Undergraduate F-1 and J-1 students register for at least 12 credits per term to be at a full course load.
Graduate students must register for at least 9 credits per term or as otherwise approved by an international student advisor.
Immigration Registration: At the start of every term, except summer term, all WOU International students must complete the Immigration Registration online form by the second week of the term. Please use the online form below.
Reduced Course Load or RCL: A student may be eligible to register for less than a full course load if they meet one of the following eligibility requirements. Select the relevant PDF form link from the far right column to download and print the form needed.:The deadline for submitting an RCL form is the first Friday (5 p.m.) of a given term.
Concurrent Enrollment: A student may enroll at WOU and at another SEVIS-approved college or university as long as the total number of credits being taken adds up to a full course load (12 for undergraduates, 9 for graduates). Students must first obtain authorization from an international student advisor at ISSA. After they have completed registration for classes at the other school, they must provide a printout of their course schedule. Once the term is finished, they must submit an official or unofficial transcript showing the course(s) completed over the term. Use this online form to request concurrent enrollment.
Add or Drop Classes: To add or drop WOU classes, use this form.
Hybrid/Online Course Agreement: If a student would like to take an online course(s) but doing so would be a violation of their immigration status, they may work with the professor of the online course to develop a hybrid course. A hybrid course is one in which the student takes most of the course online but also agrees to meet with the professor a specified number of hours at specified times so that physical presence requirements are established. Complete the following form with your professor to establish a hybrid course and submit it for final approval to an international student advisor.
Maintaining immigration status is just as important as maintaining good academic status. Please read and understand the following tips on how to maintain student nonimmigrant status below.
Reinstatement of Immigration Status: When a student fails to maintain their immigration status, his/her SEVIS record will be terminated. If a student with a terminated record wants to continue studying at WOU, they must apply for reinstatement with USCIS using the I-539 form. Go to www.uscis.gov to find the most up-to-date version of the I-539 form. Also, students must meet with an international student advisor and understand the information in the following PDF.
Change of Status: Individuals who do not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa in order to maintain lawful nonimmigrant student status. Individuals with B-1/2 or F-2 visa status, for example, will violate their visa status if they attempt to enroll in a program of study in the U.S. before they obtain F-1 visa status. If you need to change visa status download the I-539 form at www.uscis.gov and read the information in the following PDF.
Other Information: The following resources are additional references for students on maintaining immigration status.
International students are required to keep all immigration documents up-to-date and current. If a student has a change of name, address, major, program end date on I-20 or DS-2019, new educational level, financial information, number of dependants, or needs a new immigration document, then they must complete the appropriate form below.
Before traveling outside the U.S., students should read and understand all of the information in the following PDF,
Travel Signature: Students must get an updated signature on page 3 of their I-20 or on their DS-2019 every six months if they will travel outside the U.S. If the signature will be more than six months old when reentering the U.S., a new signature will need to be added. Be prepared to turn in your current I-20 or DS-2019, and copies of updated documents after submitting the following online form. This form must be submitted in order to obtain a travel authorization signature.
Check the Following BEFORE Traveling Outside the U.S.:
Vacation Term: Students may take a vacation term every summer term and/or after they have completed three consecutive terms of full-time study. When students plan to take a vacation term during fall, winter or spring term, they must fill out the following form. Meet with an international student advisor if you began taking classes in winter, spring or summer and need a vacation term.
Students who plan to transfer to another SEVIS-approved school must read this Transfer Out Information link and submit the form below.
Go to the Departure Page.
Go to the Employment Page.
Students may request that an ISSA advisor write various types of letters for them, such as: recommendation for a visa renewal, verification of academic status, verification of current address, verification of immigration status, or invitation for family members to come to the U.S.
For detailed information regarding these forms, look for the relevant section title above.
International Students and Scholars Affairs ph:503-838-8425 fax:503-838-8338 | or e-mail: email@example.com