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Office of International Affairs

Maintaining Visa Status

For information on how to apply for a visa, pay the I-901 fee, and schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy, click here: https://www.northpark.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/international-students/#1493992761445-0ba610a4-a046

As an international student, you are responsible for maintaining your own visa status. You must be sure to adhere to the following guidelines.

If you fall out of status for failure to adhere to any of the guidelines below, you must apply for reinstatement with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Reinstatement is costly and is only granted under limited conditions. If you think you might be out of status, please contact the Office of International Affairs immediately for assistance.

Health Insurance

You must have health insurance each semester you are enrolled at North Park. Click here to learn about coverage requirements for F and J students: http://www.northpark.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/international-students/#1493992761445-0ba610a4-a046

Registering for Courses

If you are an undergraduate, exchange, or English as a Second Language (ESL) student, you must enroll in 12 or more credits each semester. If you are a graduate student, you must enroll in 8 or more credits each semester. If you are taking classes in Quad B that will count toward the minimum registration requirement, those classes must show on your class schedule at the start of the semester.

Online Courses

As an international student, you are restricted to 1 online course per academic semester, that is, Quad A and B combined.

Submitting the SEVIS Checklist

Every semester that you are studying in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa, North Park University is required to report to the U.S. Government that you are residing in the U.S., attending school as planned, and otherwise maintaining your visa status. This process is called “SEVIS Registration”. Each semester you must submit a completed SEVIS Checklist, along with a copy of your official academic schedule to the Office of International Affairs.

Please download the checklist for your visa category and the appropriate semester.

F-1 Students: 

Fall Semester F-1 Students

Spring Semester Returning F-1 Students

Spring Semester New F-1 Students

All returning spring students must also fill out an IRS form:

Form 8843: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf

Form 8843 Instruction Sheet: http://www.northpark.edu/wp-content/uploads/Returning-Students-Form-8843-Instructions.pdf

J-1 Students:

Fall Semester J-1 Student

Spring Semester New J-1 Student

Spring Semester Returning J-1 Student

All returning spring students must also fill out an IRS form:

Form 8843: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf

Form 8843 Instruction Sheet: http://www.northpark.edu/wp-content/uploads/Returning-Students-Form-8843-Instructions.pdf

Working On- or Off- Campus

As an international student, you are generally not permitted to work off-campus. You may, however, work at an on-campus job for a maximum of 20 hours per week (40 hours per week during official school breaks). You must report any on-campus employment to the Office of International Affairs before beginning work.

Renewing your F-1 Visa

An F-1 visa is used to enter the United States. In most cases, once you are in the U.S. you are permitted to remain here as long as you are maintaining F-1 status, even if your visa expires. However, you may not leave the U.S. and return with an expired F-1 visa, even if your I-20 form is valid and your program of studies has not yet ended.

You should always be aware of the date when your F-1 visa will expire. You may not plan on traveling abroad, but you never know when the emergency situation will arise, requiring you to leave the U.S. unexpectedly. If you have an expired via, you will have to apply for a new visa before you return. Please contact the Office of International Affairs for details on how to apply for a new visa.

Updating Personal Information

U.S. law requires that international students are required to report any changes in name, address, or educational program to their international student advisor within 10 days of the change.