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Office of International Students and Scholars


Requirements for WVU F-1 Students

Students in F-1 status are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with U.S. federal laws and regulations governing the J visa. Failure to do so will violate the scholar’s legal status in the United States.


1. Report Address changes to the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) within 10 days. (Form AR-11)

U.S. federal regulations require all F-1 students to report a change of address within 10 days (of the address change) to an international scholar advisor in OISS. the U.S. federal government requires international students and scholars to report directly to OISS. OISS is required to provide this and other data to the federal government electronically. No other university office is authorized by the federal government to process this data.

2. Obtain Prior Authorization from OISS to Drop Below a Full Course of Study

To maintain in good standing with your student status at WVU you must take at least 12 credit/hours per semester at the undergraduate level and meet all the WVU requirements. At the graduate level full course of study is defined by your college but usually 9 credit/hours per semester.

3. Report Departure Date and Reason to OISS

Sometimes, and for a variety of reasons, students leave the university early or unexpectedly. Some of these reasons include early graduation, completion of practical training, leave of absence, suspension, or expulsion. U.S. federal regulations require F-1 students to inform their advisor in the OISS if they plan to leave the university before the expiration date of their DS-2019 form as well as the reason for doing so.

4. Report Changes in Program to OISS

Students must notify the OISS whenever there is a change in their academic program or program dates

5. Abide by Employment Regulations

J-1 students may work no more than 20 hours per week on-campus while school is in session. These 20 hours include the work you do for assistanship if you have one. You are not permitted to work off-campus without receiving PRIOR authorization from the U.S. Federal Government and/or your OISS international student advisor.

6. Apply for an Extension Prior to the I-20 Expiration

All students must apply for an extension before their I-20 form expires if they intend to stay at WVU.

7. Receive Transfer Authorization Prior to Leaving WVU

Scholars must receive authorization from the OISS before leaving WVU in order to transfer to another institution.

8. Depart the U.S. within 60 Day Grace Period

F-1 visas must depart the U.S. within 60 days of I-20 expiration date or program end date, whichever is earlier, unless they have applied for a change of status with the INS.

9. Obtain Travel Signature Prior to Departing the U.S.

You should obtain the OISS`s signature on the I-20 form prior to traveling outside the U.S.

Office of International Students and Scholars
PO Box 6411
111 E Moore Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6411
Office Hours: 8:15 am to 4:45pm
Phone: +1-304-293-3519
Fax: +1-304-293-7511
Email: oiss@mail.wvu.edu