Maintaining your visa status

Pursuant to the immigration and Nationality Act defined in 101(a)(15)(F), it is the responsibility of the international student to remain in compliance with his/her non-immigrant status.  The Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) will keep you informed about the requirements to maintain your status, but the student is ultimately responsible for keeping your student visa and status valid throughout your academic career at Indiana State University. If you closely follow the checklist here, you will remain in good standing with immigration rules in the United States.

 1. Maintain full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters

          Undergraduate students 12 credit hours per semester

          Graduate students 9 credit hours per semester

2. Keep your address current with the University and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

USCIS requires that you report your physical address to the University. 

Keep in mind the following information:

 3. Keep your passport, I-94, and I-20/DS-2019 valid at all times—don’t let them expire!

4. Always notify IPS before you travel outside the U.S. You may need to obtain a travel signature.

5. Never accept employment without first obtaining proper authorization.

You must be maintaining your status to qualify for any type of employment, including on-campus work.

Please remember the following guidelines:

File an annual tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The IRS requires you to file an annual tax statement every year whether your income is from the U.S. or from another country. The filing deadline is April 15 of each year.  The Controller’s Office provides the necessary forms and instructions through seminars. IPS will notify international students the dates of the seminars.