International Students COVID-19 Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
The last day to withdraw from courses with a grade of "W" is November 12 for undergraduates, and December 3 for graduates. If you wish to withdraw from a course, please complete our Request to Withdraw from a Class e-form no later than 3 days prior to the above-mentioned deadlines to allow for adequate processing time.
PLEASE NOTE: F-1 and J-1 students must be enrolled full-time to maintain their status (12 credits for undergraduates, 9 credits for graduates). Dropping below full-time enrollment requires prior authorization from ISSO through an approved Reduced Course Load. If you think you are eligible for RCL, please visit or call us during Advising Hours to discuss this with an ISSO advisor.
Is your I-20 or DS-2019 expiring? If you have not yet completed your degree requirements, you MUST apply for a Program Extension at least 30 days prior to the program end date on your current I-20 or DS-2019.
For more information on the required process and documentation for requesting a Program Extension, please view our Visa Document Extension Webpage.
The University and ISSO will be closed on November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day.
After submitting an OPT petition to USCIS, do not reach out to USCIS to inquire on the status of your application prior to the listed processing time. This may further delay the processing of your EAD card.
Ensure that your name is clearly marked on the mailbox that you requested your EAD be sent to on your I-765 - your EAD will not be delivered if your name is not on the mailbox.