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Guidelines on Maintaining Status

U.S. federal government regulations require all F-1 and J-1 international students to maintain valid immigration status. While it is your responsibility to maintain your status, the Office of Global Services is here to help guide you through the complexities of the U.S. government regulations and procedures.

Correcting Status

We understand that mistakes happen! Learn about what options may be available to correct your F-1 status and continue your studies on-campus.

J-1 Student Intern Requirements

The Office of Global Services (OGS) works with J-1 student interns to provide the guidance and support they need in maintaining their status, such as attending orientation, checking in on campus, health insurance, and social security numbers.

Reduced Course Load

F-1 and J-1 students must enroll in and maintain a full-time course load; however, federal regulations allow international students to reduce their course load in certain limited academic circumstances.

Summer Term

At Northeastern, classes run year-round. However, not all students are required or choose to study during the summer term. Whether you plan to study or travel, it is important to maintain your status in the summer.

Final Term

Some students do not have enough course requirements left in their final term to count as a full course load. Students in this situation may be allowed to enroll in less than a full course-load if certain criteria are met.

Program Extension

If you are unable to complete your program of study before the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019, you must apply to OGS for a program extension at least 30 days before the program end date on your current I-20 or DS-2019.

Withdrawal from the University

Learn what options are available to F-1 students that need to withdraw from Northeastern University and what steps the Office of Global Services (OGS) will need to take.

Transferring Out

Occasionally, F-1 students will decide to transfer out of Northeastern University. When this occurs, the Office of Global Services (OGS) staff will support your decision and help you experience a seamless transition.


Learn what options regarding visa status are available to F-1 students who have been academically dismissed from Northeastern University.

Unlawful Presence

Learn more about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy for F, J, or M visa holders regarding situations where immigration status has been violated.