The F1 visa is not intended as a work visa. The F1 visa does permit some very specific kinds of work while you are studying in the United States and immediately thereafter. The intent of the F1 visa is not to pursue work in the United States. Why are there F1 visa work rules?
Custom Programs for Groups Guidelines to follow to keep in good standing. If you fail to comply with any of these, you may lose your student status and your I terminated. You will have to leave the U.
Contact your International Student Advisor whenever you have questions or before you take any actions that may impact your F-1 visa status. Your passport must be valid for at least six months into the future at all times. If your passport is going to expire, contact your embassy or consulate to find out how to renew it.
If you complete your program before the end date written on your I, your I will be shortened to that new date. You can remain in the U. If you travel out of the U.
You cannot renew your visa while you are in the U. If you fall out of status, your lawful time in the U.
Maintain full-time enrollment and make satisfactory progress toward completing your program. You must enroll in at least 12 units of courses in your certificate program by the first day of each quarter.
Please note however some programs include courses that carry different unit value so you need to make sure you are enrolled in 12 units in total every quarter. Enroll in every course for a letter grade.
We recommend that you enroll early. Courses fill quickly as soon as the quarterly catalog becomes available.
Once a course fills, you cannot enroll. This discount is available if you pay the course fee up until 30 days before the course start date. That course will not however, count toward earning your certificate. If you fail a required course, you will have to take it again.
A grade of F-did not attend or F-did not take the final or W withdrawal indicate you dropped below full-time enrollment and puts you out of status. This will result in termination of your I If it is your last quarter and you need fewer than 12 units to complete the program, you can drop below the 12 units minimum during that quarter only.
Apply for an eligible extension I before your current I expires. If you want to apply to start another certificate program after your current one ends, you must submit your application at least one week before you complete your last course in your current program.
We must add the new program and extend the time on your I before your current program ends. Notify your ISO advisor before you change your program.
If you decide you want to change to a new certificate program, make sure it qualifies for F-1 visa status. Apply for the new program and pay the certificate application fee.
Your ISO advisor will update your I to show your enrollment in the new program and a new end date if necessary.
Notify your ISO advisor before you travel outside the U. You are required to have a travel signature from an ISO advisor on your I to be able to re-enter the U. Please bring your I in for the travel signature before you travel.
To be able to re-enter the U. If your visa is expired, you will have to apply for a new F-1 at the U. Notify your ISO advisor before taking a vacation quarter.
We offer four quarters of courses annually. You become eligible for a vacation quarter after you have completed three quarters of F-1 study in your program at UCLA Extension. For example, if you begin in the Spring quarter, you become eligible for a vacation quarter the following Winter quarter.
Programs that can be completed in two quarters do not qualify for vacation quarters; these include Marketing, Sustainability, Project Management. To find out if you qualify for a vacation quarter, please contact your ISO advisor one quarter before taking the vacation.
If you need to leave the U. Or if you have a medical condition that prevents you from attending classes, you may be eligible for a medical LOA while remaining in the U. You can be authorized for a medical LOA for a maximum of one calendar year 12 months and the LOA must be granted each quarter individually.
You will have 15 days to leave the U. Notify your advisor before you transfer schools. After you complete your certificate program, you can transfer your I to another school.
You must transfer your I to the new school before the end of your day grace period and start your study there in their next available session, no later than five months from the end of your program at UCLA Extension. Provide a copy of the acceptance letter from the new school to your ISO advisor and request that they transfer your I to the new school.
Notify the International Student Office ISO within 10 days of a change in address, legal name, or any changes in dependent child or spouse information. Let your ISO advisor know your new address within 10 days of your move.
Please make sure that your preferred email address is always current in your UCLA Extension student portal profile. This is the main way that we communicate with you regarding F-1 visa regulations and your individual visa status. You may fall out of status and have your I terminated if you do not receive important emails from us.
We will issue F-2 Is for each dependent which will enable them to apply for F-2 visas. Leave the U. You have a day grace period after the last day of classes in your program.
During that 60 days you can prepare to depart the U. On day 61 after your last class session, your I auto-completes and you no longer hold legal presence in the U. Please note that if you travel outside of the U. If you leave the U.