Compliance with the Federal Regulations for international students' SEVIS F-1 Status is critical. Calvin College requires international students with F-1 student status to attend an Immigration Workshop in their first year to learn these regulations. Please read below for a broad overview.
Federal Regulations require that when students change their residence, they must to submit their new address to Calvin College Registrar’s Office within 10 days of moving.
There are employment benefits for F-1 Students.
Students may not work more than 20 hours per week. This is self-monitored as it is part of maintaining one's F-1 Student Status. You may not feel any immediate consequences, they may catch up to you when you are applying for a different status like H1B or a green card.
Students must have their F-1 Student Status for 9 months, one complete school year, to be eligible for off-campus employment. All off-campus employment must be in a student's field of study.
NO unauthorized employment. No unauthorized employment means that a student does not work off campus unless they have an I-20 with authorization for off campus employment on page 3. Any employer besides Calvin College qualifies as an off-campus employer. Unauthorized employment subjects one's SEVIS record to termination.
Options for off-campus employment are:
Extensions may granted to students meeting the following criteria:
NOTE: Students who go on academic probation during their years at Calvin are ineligible for an extension.
Students wishing to leave the country to travel for any reason must:
Detailed regulations are available at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.