Student Support

International Student Services Office

Navigate your student status.

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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.

Many of these requests can be made by completing the International Student Services Request Form.


Action When to Report or Time Required
Arrival/Report to School Before Orientation
Transferring to UCLA Extension
Before Orientation
(and before the end of the 60-day grace period from sending school)
New I-20 See application deadlines
Transferring to another school
15 working days in advance
(and before the end of the 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 a new program in a 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 the 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


International Student Services Request Form

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. 

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 ISS

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

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