F-1 Student Regulations
As an F-1 student, you were admitted to the USA for the “duration of status (D/S).” The D/S is found on the white arrival/departure record (1-94) in your passport and stamped on your I-20 form. This means you are permitted to stay in the USA as long as you maintain your status by fulfilling the requirements of being an F-1 student.
Keep in mind that there is an important difference between an F-1 visa and F-1 status. The visa is a stamp or sticker placed in your passport by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate and is granted for entry purposes only. F-1 status is granted when you enter the USA and is regulated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.). Even if your visa is valid, you can lose your legal F-1 student status if you do not continue to comply with immigration laws regulating your stay in the USA. Continuing to follow regulations is extremely important. Potential penalties for violating student regulations include:
- Cancellation of visa
- Required visa reinstatement
- Voluntary removal from the USA
- Involuntary removal from the USA
- Being barred from returning to the USA for three or 10 years