Student Support

International Student Office

Navigate your student status.

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UCLA Extension’s International Student Office (ISO) will help you keep track of your student status while studying at UCLA Extension.

Our services include counseling on:

  • Document preparation for F-1 student visas
  • Visa status changes
  • I-20 transfers from one school to another
  • Temporary travel outside the U.S.
  • F1 visa rules and regulations 

The ISO reviews your enrollment every quarter and updates your status in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). We will contact you if any changes need to be made in your quarterly enrollment for you to remain in valid F-1 status. 

Your ISO advisor must be notified in advance and approve any of the following actions:

Action When to Report or Time Required
Arrival/Report in to School Before Orientation
Transferring into UCLA Extension
Before Orientation
(and before the end of 60-day grace period)
I-20 travel endorsement At least 5 working days before travel, submit the I-20 Travel Signature Request
New I-20 See application deadlines
Transferring to another school
15 working days in advance
(and before the end of 60-day grace period)
Withdrawal from program No more than 15 days before departing the U.S.
Leave of absence 10 working days in advance
Change in certificate program Before beginning new program in new quarter
Adding a certificate program 5 working days prior to end of current program
Change of legal name 5 working days after change
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 10 working days before internship starts
Optional Practical Training (OPT) 90 days before the end of your program
Program completion At the beginning of your last quarter


Maintaining Your F-1 Visa

If you are studying in the United States on an F-1 student visa, you must follow specific rules and regulations to maintain your student status. Please review these guidelines carefully and contact your ISO advisor with any questions. 

View Guidelines

Please note: The responsibility for remaining in status at all times is yours alone. It is not the school’s responsibility, and it is not the responsibility of your International Student Advisor to keep you in status.

Contact ISO

Speak to a representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm (PT).

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