Foothill College is proud of its international student community. We want to do all we can to ensure your success as Foothill students. It is your responsibility to know and follow the legal requirements that keep you "in status."
Your "status" is the immigration category in which you entered the U.S. This status is noted at the U.S. Port of Entry on the Form I-94. Most international students are in F-1 status. If you fail to stay in status, you could jeopardize your ability to complete your academic goals in the U.S. and risk having to leave the country.
SEVIS, the "Student and Exchange Visitor Information System," imposes a number of regulations for international students in F-1 status. SEVIS requires students to report to the International Student Office any changes and updates in personal and academic events. In addition, you must also ask permission BEFORE taking action on certain events.
How long may you stay in the U.S.? You may legally remain in the U.S. as long as you maintain your F-1 status and are engaged in a full course of academic study (plus any authorized periods of practical training).
If you do not follow the rules described above, you will "fall out" of valid F-1 status. If you fall out of status for some reason (for example, taking fewer than 12 units in one quarter), please meet with your international student advisor immediately. Simply registering full-time in the next quarter or stopping your unauthorized work does not put you back in status. There are steps you can take to recover your status, but the sooner you begin, the better your chances for approval. Recovering your status after having fallen out of status is not guaranteed.
International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success
Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012
Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).
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