Navigate your student status.
UCLA Extension’s International Student Services Office (ISS) will help you keep track of your F-1 status while studying at UCLA Extension.
Our services include advising 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 guidance to aid in F-1 visa student status maintenance
The ISS 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 ISS 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
(and before the end of 60-day grace period from sending school)
|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 of your UCLA Extension program)
|Withdrawal from program||Immediately upon decision|
|Leave of absence||10 working days in advance|
|Change in certificate program||Before beginning new program in new quarter|
|Adding a certificate program||Requires submission of new application after the completion of your current certificate program|
|Change of legal name||5 working days after change|
|Curricular Practical Training (CPT)||10 working days before internship starts|
|Optional Practical Training (OPT)||Up to 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 ISS advisor with any questions.