The 国际中心 is here to assist all international 学生s with a variety of services and here we have outlined important status maintenance guidelines to assist you throughout your academic career at CU.


The federal government defines an 'employee' as "an individual who provides services or labor for an employer for wages or other remuneration" 8 CFR 274a.1(f). Therefore – if you receive any compensation (examples include; paycheck – meal voucher – stipend) you are considered an employee and therefore should ensure you have authorization to engage in that employment.

There are many types of employment authorization that an international 学生 may obtain, however – please always remember that any form of off-campus employment must have authorization prior to engaging in that employment. Unauthorized employment is considered a serious violation of F-1 or J-1 immigration status. Anyone who violates the rules or engages in unauthorized employment will be out of status and must apply for reinstatement.

Any questions surrounding employment should be directed to ISSS for further clarification.


All international 学生s have the benefit of on-campus employment – please remember that the primary purpose while in the United States is to gain an education – not necessary to engage in employment.

Those in F-1 学生 status do not need to seek additional authorization from ISSS and may work anywhere on campus that accepts 学生 workers.

Those in J-1 学生 status must have authorization for any employment on-campus and this must be updated in your SEVIS record. Please complete the J1 Student 校园就业 Authorization Request form and submit to ISSS for review and to receive your authorization letter.

Note - 就业 will be authorized in 12-month increments and all employment changes must be submitted to ISSS within 10 days.


  • All international 学生s can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session – you may work more than 20 hours during designated breaks (i.e. 冬天/暑假)
  • Some on-campus jobs may be difficult to obtain since some offices/areas can only hire 'work-study' eligible 学生s. “勤工俭学”是一项提供给美国大学生的联邦财政援助.S. 公民及永久居民. 注意-你不符合“勤工俭学”的资格.  Some areas that provide 'non work-study' employment are; Aramark 餐厅 Services – Library – Tutoring Services
  • 'Full' Graduate Assistantships are equal to 20 hours of work per week and is considered 'full-time' inclusive of your study requirements. You are not allowed to engage in additional work in addition to your full graduate assistantship.
  • Partial Tuition Scholarships – for those granted partial scholarships where you are required to perform service to the Department – these hours will count towards your '20-hour limit' while school is in session.
  • 更多信息请参考你的经济援助奖励.


Benefits for F/J 学生 visa holders do vary when it comes to 'off-campus' employment. View the generalities below and check out resources for more detailed information.

F1/J1 学生 – 就业 options are a benefit of the F-1 / J-1 visa - failure to follow the regulations or engaging in unauthorized employment is considered a serious violation of status and will require reinstatement. All off-campus employment must be authorized prior to beginning work.



CPT is defined as an academically integrated part of an established curriculum. This employment (either paid or unpaid) can be defined as “alternate work/study, 实习, a required cooperative education agreement with the approval of your program – or – any type of cooperative agreement between a sponsoring employer and esball国际平台客户端”.

Note – Due to the fact that USCIS uses a broad definition of employment, any activity for which a 学生 receives a benefit – monetary or otherwise – including unpaid internships or volunteering, 需要CPT授权吗.

CPT资格 & 笔记

  • 培训必须与你的学习领域相关 & 学历水平
  • 培训必须由项目或顾问要求
  • Training must receive credit for the experience and be concurrent with the employment – exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    • Note – It is the 学生's responsibility to register – pay – and complete the course according to the established objectives
    • Note – graduate 学生s who have completed 30/90 credits will be reviewed for CPT eligibly and may need to apply for optional practical trainin
    • Note – graduate 学生s working on thesis or dissertation where the training experience will provide data needed for your research project may enroll in research credit that will count as 'CPT credit'. This data cannot simply be 'related' and must be an 'integral' part of the research for your thesis or dissertation. An additional letter from your research adviser is required that explains how the training is an 'integral part of the research'
  • You must be in lawful F-1 status and have been a full-time 学生 for a least (1) academic year
  • CPT is 'employer specific' – therefore you must have an offer letter (according to the CPT application instructions) before CPT can be approved
  • 培训可以是兼职的也可以是全职的
    • Part-time CPT (less than 20 hours/week) – you may only be authorized for part-time training if you are engaged in coursework concurrent with CPT. There is no limit to the length of time you may participate in part-time training – however – authorizations will only be granted on a semester by semester basis
    • Full-time CPT (more than 20 hours/week) – you may be authorized for full-time training during semester co-ops – during summer breaks – or – while participating in 'employment for doctoral dissertation'.
    • Note– you will become ineligible for optional practical training (OPT) if you participate in twelve (12) months or more of 'full-time' CPT
  • CPT Extensions – must submit a new CPT application with supporting materials for ISSS review
  • 不允许在获批准的CPT期间更换雇主. 您必须提交新的CPT申请进行审查和批准.
  • You may begin CPT employment once you receive your 'CPT I-20' with ISSS endorsement on page 2.


  • 以下材料必须提交给国际社会科学院审核:
  • Meet with your academic adviser to review your training experience and complete the 'CPT Application' form
  • Proof of course enrollment – screenshot of enrollment on PeopleSoft or add/drop form is acceptable
  • 雇主信-仅供CPT用途-包括;
  • 你的名字 & 职称
  • 雇用的确切日期
  • 每周工作的小时数
  • 职责简述或职位描述副本
  • Statement indicating – 'the employer will be cooperating with the school in achieving the curricular purposes of the employment/training'.


(OPT) is a benefit for those in F-1 status that allows you to work off-campus in a job related to your field of study. This training must be requested in SEVIS by esball国际平台客户端 and approved by U.S. 公民身份 & 美国移民局(USCIS). 这是一个有相关费用的申请.

选择合格 & 笔记


You must be in lawful F-1 status and have been enrolled as a full-time 学生 for at least (1) academic year.
Have a valid passport with at least 6-months validity and not have exceeded 12 months of full-time CPT.


  • 你不需要工作就可以申请OPT
  • 您无法加速此申请
  • You cannot begin working until USCIS approves the OPT and only during the validity period detailed on your '就业 Authorization Card' (EAD)
  • OPT分为(3)类:
    1. Pre-Completion (c-3-a) – training completed prior to the completion of your program
    2. Post-Completion (c-3-b) – training completed after the completion of all course requirements excluding thesis or equivalent
    3. STEM Extension (c-3-c) – 学生s with a science – 技术 – 工程 – or – mathematics degrees may be eligible for an additional 24-months of OPT
  • You can apply for your OPT benefit 90 days prior to – when you want OPT to begin (Pre) – when your I-20 will end (Post) – or – when your post-OPT will expire (STEM)
  • Application for post-OPT must be submitted by the end of your 'grace period'
  • STEM extensions must be filed prior to the end of your post-OPT expiration
  • NOTE – you will have continued work authorization while STEM is pending

OPT申请流程 & Post)

  1. Step 1 – Review your completion plans (or training experience if pre-completion) with your academic adviser AND view the 'ISSS_OPT Information' presentation in Moodle.
  2. Step 2 – Prepare the following documents before scheduling an 'OPT Advising' appointment with ISSS.  During your appointment – your application will be reviewed and we will discuss your requested start date for OPT. Once this is finalized – ISSS will request your OPT recommendation in SEVIS and provide you with an updated I-20 endorsing OPT on page 2. A copy of this I-20 will be provided to you and you will keep the original with all previously issued I-20's.
    • OPT Request form (for advising purposes only) (link to Resources – Forms)
    • 表格I-765 -这是USCIS审查的OPT申请
    • OPT Fee – made payable to USCIS for $410 (credit cards now accepted – see below)
    • 2 (2) u.S. passport style photos taken within the last 30-days – this is very important, failure to provide correct and current photos would result in significant delays to your application
    • 护照-签证- I94的复印件
    • 以前的工作证明,例如:
      • SEVIS就业历史页面(可通过社会服务系统获取)
      • 以前签发的工作许可证的复印件,和/或
      • 所有批准CPT的I-20表格的复印件
  3. Step 3 – Mail your application to USCIS within 30-days of ISSS recommendation, failure to mail this within 30-days will result in denial of your application and you could lose the OPT benefit.
    • 申请美国移民局(按此优先顺序)-
      • Optional – G-1145 – e-Notification from USCIS by email or text confirming receipt of your application
      • 支票或汇票410美元,抬头人为美国移民局
      • 表格G-1450可用于信用卡付款
      • 二(2)U.S. 过去30天内拍摄的护照大小的照片
      • 表格I-765 -打印并签名
      • 由ISSS签署的OPT I-20复印件 & 学生
      • SEVIS“就业信息页面”的副本-由社会服务学院获得
      • 护照-签证-当前I-94的复印件
      • Copy of previously issued EAD card or I-20's endorsed for CPT (if applicable)
    • SEND to the USCIS lockbox address that has jurisdiction over your 'mailing address' used on the form I-765.
      • 注意-纽约的地址将提交给USCIS达拉斯锁箱
      • USPS使用- USCIS /邮政信箱660867 /达拉斯,德克萨斯州75266
      • 联邦快递,UPS, DHL使用- USCIS / Attn: AOS / 2501 S. 州高速公路121商务/套房400 /刘易斯维尔,TX 75067
  4. Step 4 – ISSS will receive your official receipt notice from USCIS approximately 7-10 days after it is received at the lockbox 位置. issss将通过电子邮件发送一份副本,您可以在USCIS跟踪状态.
    • After you application is processed – and – if approved, ISSS will receive your approval notice. At this time we will email you to confirm if you are still at CU or the address to mail your documents. 您的卡通常会在您的批准通知后3-5天到达.
    • OPT期间的重要提醒:
      • During OPT you continue to be a CU F-1 学生 and you must continue to report any changes to your contact information – address – and – employment status within 10 days. 您将使用“OPT更新”表格并向ISSS发送电子邮件
      • 从事与你主修课程直接相关的工作
      • 确保在OPT期间有有效的旅行签名
      • OPT will terminate if you plan to transfer to a new program – contact ISSS to understand the best date to process your 'immigration transfer' based on your employment status
      • 失业不超过90天(只适用于毕业后的OPT)
      • Notify ISSS of any changes to your status or planned departure (permanent) from the U.S.

For any 学生 on post-completion or STEM OPT who is the beneficiary of a timely-filed H-1B petition with an October 1 start date will have their F-1 status and work authorization automatically extended.

This extension is valid until the H-1B petition is; rejected – withdrawn – or – approved to Oct 1 of the current USCIS fiscal year. Your employer must see this extension on your Form I-20 to continue working.

Please submit to ISSS an 'OPT Update' form with a copy of your H-1B receipt/approval notice.  ISSS will update your SEVIS record and mail you an updated Form I-20 showing the cap-gap extension.


F-1 学生s who are currently on OPT employment based on completion of a bachelor's, 硕士, 或STEM(科学)专业的博士学位, 技术, 工程, mathematics) field may be eligible for a 24-month extension to their post-completion OPT period for a maximum duration of 36-months.


  1. Step 1: Prepare the following documents and email to ISSS – this is to review your extension eligibility and process your STEM I-20
    • 'STEM Extension Request' Form – this will collect the information needed to recommend your STEM extension. Please be sure to complete a statement of how your work is related to the field in which you received your degree
    • 填妥的I-765表格复印件
    • Form I-983 Training Plan – this is a requirement for the STEM extension recommendation. This purpose is to ensure 学生s continue a rigorous training program that builds on the skills obtained as a full-time 学生. The 学生 and supervisor must agree on the components and both must sign this form before submitted to ISSS for review
    • “学生”在工作场所的角色
    • 的目标 & 拟议培训的目标
    • 雇主将如何监督该计划
    • 将采用什么样的衡量标准和评估方法
  2. Step 2: ISSS will forward your STEM I-20 after reviewing and recommending your request in SEVIS.
    • 在收到ISSS推荐后的60天内将您的申请邮寄给USCIS, failure to mail this within 60-days will result in denial of your application and you could lose the OPT benefit.
    • 申请美国移民局(按此优先顺序)-
    • Optional – G-1145 – e-Notification from USCIS by email or text confirming receipt of your application
      • 表格G-1450可用于信用卡付款
    • 二(2)U.S. 过去30天内拍摄的护照大小的照片
    • 表格I-765 -打印并签名
    • 由ISSS签署的STEM I-20复印件 & 学生
    • SEVIS“就业信息页面”的副本-由社会服务学院获得
    • 护照-签证-当前I-94的复印件
    • Copy of previously issued EAD card or I-20's endorsed for CPT (if applicable)
    • Your most recent degree that shows your degree name – date awarded – and – field of study (CIPP Code)
      • 这可以是你的文凭,也可以是正式的成绩单
      • Note – the field of study shown must be on the approved list of STEM fields of study. Your program/major is attached to a 'CIPP code' that will be verified by ISSS.
    • SEND to the USCIS lockbox address that has jurisdiction over your 'mailing address' used on the form I-765.
  3. 第三步:收到EAD卡后更新ISSS. For those that use the ISSS address on the form I-765 – we will email you when your receipt notice is received and when your EAD/approval is received.
    • Note – you are able to continue working while your application is pending with USCIS. Please contact ISSS if your application is pending more than 90 days.

就业 & 报告要求


  • 雇佣必须有报酬
  • 每周至少工作20小时(全职)
  • 就业必须与你的专业直接相关
  • You may not accrue more than 150 days of unemployment throughout the entire 36-month OPT period. Time spent out of the country will count toward the 150-day period of unemployment unless,
  • The travel is a period of authorized leave approved by your employer – or –
  • 这次旅行是雇主安排的


All reporting forms will be emailed to ISSS using the 'STEM OPT Update_Validation' form

  • Self Evaluations – 学生s must submit self evaluations via USCIS Form I-983 during the first 12 months on STEM extension – and – at the completion of the 24-month extension period or at the conclusion of employment, 先到者为准. 评估应在规定日期后10天内提交.
  • 学生 & employers must report to ISSS a change in any of the following via Form I-983
    • 雇主的名字 & address
    • 薪酬减少
    • 每周工作时间减少到20小时以下
    • 雇主静脉
    • 终止雇佣关系
  • 学生必须在10天内报到, any change in the following; Use 'STEM OPT Update_Validation' form and email ISSS.
    • 法律名称
    • 居住地址
    • 雇主的名字 & address
    • 当前工作的变化, including loss of employment – change of status to H-1B – transfer to a new F-1 program – or – change in employers. 注意——如果你换了雇主, you and your employer will need to complete a new I-983 and submit to ISSS.
  • 学生 are required to report a 'validation report' every 6-months – regardless if there is a change or not. 使用“STEM OPT Update_Validation”表格并给ISSS发邮件.
获得更高学位后,第二期STEM OPT的资格

You may be eligible for a second period of 24-month STEM OPT if you enroll in a new academic program and earn another qualifying degree in a STEM major. 上述所有资格均适用


Student on post-completion OPT that is not identified as STEM eligible that has previously earned a STEM eligible degree from an accredited U.S. higher education institution may be eligible for a STEM extension under certain conditions:

  • 是否获得了目前认可的两个学位 & SEVP认证机构
  • The STEM degree earned was conferred within the last 10 years at the time of application
  • Your previous degree is assigned a STEM eligible code found on the STEM Designated Degree list at the time of your application
  • You haven't already received a STEM OPT extension based on this previous degree
  • 你的雇主符合上面列出的标准
F-1 & J-1严重经济困难(EH)

就业 Authorization based on 'Economic Hardship' is permission granted to F-1 / J-1 学生s by USCIS to work off-campus “based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the 学生's control”. [8 cfr 214.2 (f) (9) (2) (c))

  • You must be in lawful F-1 / J-1 status and have been full-time for at least (1) academic year
  • You agree that acceptance of employment under 'EH' will not interfere with full-time enrollment
  • You must demonstrate that you are experiencing 'economic hardship' based on unforeseen circumstances that recently occurred since your last I-20 was issued
    • 不可预见的情况可能包括
      • 其他实质性的 & 不相关的费用
      • 意外的医疗费用
      • Unexpected changes in the financial condition of your source(s) of support
      • 货币价值或汇率的大幅波动
      • Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment resulting from circumstances beyond your control
      • You must demonstrate that on-campus employment opportunities on campus are unavailable or insufficient
  • You may not begin employment until you receive your 就业 Authorization Document (EAD)
  • 你可以为任何雇主在任何工作-在校内或校外
  • 就业 for 'EH' is limited to 20 hours/week while school is in session – can be more during breaks
  • 就业 for 'EH' is typically issued for 1-year and may be renewed by filing a new application
  • 就业 Authorization under 'EH' is automatically terminated when you graduate – transfer to another university – or – violate your F-1 status in any way
  1. Step 1 – Prepare the following documents and submit to ISSS for review
    • “经济困难申请”表格
    • 您给USCIS的求职信,内容包括:
    • Explanation of your 'unforeseen economic hardship' circumstances – and –
    • 解释你为获得校内工作所做的努力
    • Evidence and/or documentation of your economic hardship, examples can include;
    • 一封家书,讲述家庭环境的变化
    • 你本国货币贬值的证明
    • Documentation of unexpected changes in the financial situation of your sponsor
    • Copies of medical bills or other substantial and unexpected expenses
    • Letter from your department and/or financial aid office verifying that your assistantship or financial aid has been unexpectedly terminated
  2. 步骤2 -将您的申请材料邮寄给USCIS
    • Optional – G-1145 – e-Notification from USCIS by email or text confirming receipt of your application
    • 支票或汇票410美元,抬头人为美国移民局
    • 表格G-1450可用于信用卡付款
    • 二(2)U.S. 过去30天内拍摄的护照大小的照片
    • 表格I-765 -打印并签名
    • 由iss签署的“EH”I-20 / DS-2019复印件 & 学生
    • 护照-签证-当前I-94的复印件
    • 你的求职信解释 & supporting documentation of your 'unforeseen change' in financial circumstances
    • SEND to the USCIS lockbox address that has jurisdiction over your 'mailing address' used on the form I-765.
      • 注意-纽约的地址将提交给USCIS达拉斯锁箱
      • USPS使用- USCIS /邮政信箱660867 /达拉斯,德克萨斯州75266
      • 联邦快递,UPS, DHL使用- USCIS / Attn: AOS / 2501 S. 州高速公路121商务/套房400 /刘易斯维尔,TX 75067

Academic Training (AT) is work, training or experience related to a 学生's field of study. 资格 conditions for J-1 Academic Training include – (22 CFR 62.23(f)(3)) This training must be requested prior to the program end date on your DS-2019

  • 该学生主要在美国.S. 学习:学习而不是从事学术训练
  • The 学生 is participating in the academic training that is directly related to his or her major field of study
  • 这个学生的学术成绩很好
  • The 学生 receives written approval in advance from the responsible officer (ISSS) for the duration and type of academic training
    • Note – 学生s with DS-2019 forms not issued by CU must contact their sponsoring agency for AT consideration. 这些说明不适用.
  • AT is an authorization that allows you to engage in employment within your field of study that will apply knowledge and skills learned
  • AT is an 'extension' of your J program and you must maintain J-1 status and update ISSS with any changes to your address and or employment extensions
  • You must maintain health insurance coverage during the entire period of your exchange – including academic training
    • AT will be authorized for the length of time necessary to complete the goals and objectives of the training, provided the time period you have requested is approved by your academic adviser and ISSS
    • This time period may not exceed the time it took you to complete your full course of study or 18-months, 以较短的为准.
    • 博士esball国际app的学习期限最长为36个月, 前提是你有博士后研究职位
    • Part-Time or full-time employment for 'academic training' will count the same against 18 or 36 month time limit
    • 学生 in non-degree programs may have authorization from 16-32 weeks only
  • You will only have (1) period of academic training – regardless of how many degrees you receive
  • Any training authorized prior to completion of studies will be deducted from the 18 or 36 month time period

申请学术培训, please submit the following to ISSS prior to the program end date on your DS-2019.

An offer letter from your prospective employer on their official letterhead which includes,
要履行的职责(目标)的简要描述 & 目标)
确切的开始 & 你的工作结束日期 & 位置
每周工作的小时数 & 工资
主管的姓名、职务、地址 & 电话号码
'J-1 Student – Academic Training' form – be sure to give your adviser a copy of your 'employer letter' for use in completing their recommendation
将这两个项目提交国际社联审查. If approved, you will receive an updated DS-2019 form authorizing the academic training.


The term immigration status refers to the non-immigrant classification granted to you by the United States and includes compliance with the terms & conditions of the classification you were allowed to enter the United States (F-1 or J-1).


  • 遵守最后期限 & 报告要求
  • 根据您的“分类”(i)参与活动.e. 学习或研究)
  • 避免被禁止的活动
  • 你的移民身份印在你的I-94卡上. This document may be electronic or paper depending on if you entered the country by air or through a land port of entry.


美国.S. Government places the responsibility for maintaining your legal status on the 学生 or scholar. Understanding and reviewing the regulations that govern your immigration status is essential. Failure to comply with these regulations could jeopardize your legal status and have negative consequences for future U.S. 与入境事务有关的申请.


  • 随身携带有效期至少6个月的有效护照
  • Always have a valid I-20 or DS-2019 (check travel signatures from ISSS)
  • Engage in appropriate activity according to your F-1 / J-1 classification
  • 不从事未经授权的雇佣


It is strongly recommended to carry your immigration documents at all times, 即使是在美国境内的短途旅行.S.

  • 持有有效护照 & I-20 / DS-2019
    • Passport cannot expire and must have at least 6-months validity when traveling
    • I-20 / DS-2019 travel signature – your forms must have a valid travel signature every year. 这只能由国际社联办公室的指定官员签署
    • 签证章-这并不需要在美国保持有效.S. 因为这只是旅行证件
  • esball国际平台客户端每学期向国际学生服务处报到. This reporting indicates you are here and maintaining full-time enrollment.
  • Please note – this will be completed through normal ‘check-in’ procedures with Student Administrative Services (SAS)
  • Maintain ‘full-time enrollment’ every academic term except during official school breaks – or -  unless approved in advance by ISSS.
    • 本科:每学期最少12学分
    • esball国际app-每学期最少9学分
      • Note – quarter programs must enroll in at least 6 credits per quarter
      • esball国际app例外-为学生在M.S. 或Ph值.D. 论文项目, you will only need to enroll in 1 credit hour to maintain full-time status once your
      • 已达到30/90学分
    • 其他报名须知:
      • Financial aid awards may require enrollment in more than the regulatory minimum
      • 在没有国际社会安全委员会授权的情况下,不要降到“全职”以下. Failure to complete will result in termination of your immigration status
      • All international 学生s are only allowed to take 3-credits online toward your full-time enrollment requirement
  • Make normal progress towards degree completion by completing your studies by the program completion date on your I-20 / DS-2019
  • 保持 & 通过以下程序维护有效的I-20 / DS-2019:
    • 申请延长逗留期限
    • 教育水平或学习计划的变化
    • 转学(移民转学)
  • Maintain insurance coverage for the duration of your status (J-1 学生s only)
  • 遵守F-1 / J-1签证的宽限期规定(居留期限)
    • F-1 visa holders have a 60-day grace period from the program end date on your I-20
    • J-1 visa holders have a 30-day grace period from the program end date on your DS-2019
    • 宽限期内允许的活动:
      • 准备离开美国.S.
      • 换一个移民身份
      • 申请完成后培训(只适用于F-1学生)
      • Transfer to a new degree – program – or – University (F-1 学生s only)
  • J-1 学生s must complete all post-completion training or immigration transfer prior to the date on the DS-2019
  • Report any changes of address to ISSS within 10-days of the change – this includes dorm changes.
  • 除非得到特别授权,否则不要在校内或校外工作.

编辑 & 更新移民身份

A change of status is a change of ones primary purpose for being in the United States. Those presently in the United States in a non-immigrant status in good standing may apply to change to any other non-immigrant status for which they qualify.


  1. 旅行-离开美国.S. 持有DS-2019表格,并申请美国签证.S. 领事馆/大使馆获得适当的签证-然后-重新进入美国.S. 使用新的F1 / J1签证身份.
  2. USCIS申请-适用于目前居住在美国的非移民.S. 可以向USCIS(美国海关 & Immigration Services) for a change of status to F-1 / J-1 学生 status.
    • Note - Any benefits of the F-1 / J-1 status are not available until the change of status application is approved by USCIS
    • A change of status application to USCIS can be a lengthy process - please anticipate at least 6-months processing time. Applicants must be in status and eligible for F / J classification at the time you apply - and - also be eligible at the time of adjudication.
    • Your current non-immigrant status must still be valid at least 30-days prior to your requested F / J program start.
    • Important Note - USCIS does not issue visa stamps (travel documents) and if approved you will need to obtain a visa stamp at a U.S. 如果您计划出国旅行,请到领事馆或大使馆
    • J-1 / J-2 dependents subject to 212(e) home resident requirement are not eligible to change status in the U.S.


Program completion occurs when you have finished your degree program or your I-20 / DS-2019 expires, 以先发生的为准. You will begin to receive communications from ISSS when we estimate you will complete your program (typically this is in line with your I-20 / DS-2019 program end date) requesting notification of your completion plans.    

After completion of your academic program - you have the following options:

  • 离开美国.S. 在你的年级结束之前,结束你的F-1 / J-1身份
    • F-1学生有60天的宽限期
    • J-1学生有30天的宽限期
  • Change to a different non-immigrant visa status by the end of your applicable grace period for F-1 / J-1 status
  • 转到科罗拉多大学一个新的学术项目
    • F-1 学生s must submit paperwork for the change in program / 学历水平 by the end of the 60-day grace period
    • J-1 学生s must apply for change in program / 学历水平 before completing their studies
  • 转到另一所学校开始新的学术课程
    • F-1 学生s must submit a transfer request by the end of the 60-day grace period
    • J-1 学生s must submit a transfer request before completing their studies
  • 开始工作
    • F-1 学生s must apply for OPT before the end of their 60-day grace period. You are strongly encouraged to apply early due to lengthy processing times.
  • Note - 学生s who have completed all course-work needed for the degree program may apply for post-completion OPT and finish up thesis / project requirements.
    • J-1 学生s must request Academic Training before completing their studies.

Please meet with an international advisor if you are not sure which option is best for your situation.


F-1/J-1学生身份允许你进入美国.S. to work toward a specific educational objective - if this objective changes then you must update your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) to reflect those changes.


  • 改变你的专业,或者增加第二专业
    • Note - if by changing our major or adding a second major you will need more time to complete the program - you must follow program extension guidelines
  • 更改学位级别
  • 我们的资金来源和/或财政援助提供的变化
    • Note - graduate assistantship updates will only take place if your appointment is for 1-year or 2-semesters.
  • 按照大学的指导方针更改或增加专业
    • Note - see admission requirements for the program you wish to apply to for 学历水平 changes
  • 提交iss
  • 更改学位/课程形式
  • 财务证明及支持性财务文件
    • Note - an updated COF is required for major changes if a program extension is required

ISSS will review your update and email once the I-20 / DS-2019 has been updated.


An 国际学生 in F-1 / J-1 学生 status who is 'making normal progress towards degree completion but who is unable to complete his/her course of study by the expected completion date on your I-20 / DS-2019 may be eligible for a program extension.

You will need to meet with your academic advisor to review your program objectives and if your academic advisor recommends an extension for you to complete your degree then you will complete the necessary form(s). Once this has been completed - submit to ISSS for review and if approved a new I-20 / DS-2019 will be issued to you.

Please note - in order for extension approval, there must be a compelling academic or medical reason. If there is no compelling reason for the extension then you must complete by the date noted on your I-20 / DS-2019 or apply for reinstatement of status.

  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your academic plan and what compelling reason exists for your situation
  • Complete a Program Extension form and have this signed by your adviser
    • Note - you adviser must complete and sign the reason for the extension.
  • Complete a 财务证明及支持性财务文件 for the extension period.
    • 注意-短期夏季延期将需要注册
  • 提交iss your program extension request - certification of finances - and - supporting financial documentation

ISSS will review your eligibility and if approved will notify you by email to pick-up your updated I-20 / DS-2019.


国际学生 & Scholar Services can assist you with processing your immigration transfer out of esball国际平台客户端. Please be sure to communicate with your new school and/or international adviser that you are currently in the country in F-1 / J-1 学生 status and will be processing an immigration transfer to their school. In some cases, they will require additional documentation completed by ISSS.


  • Following admission guidelines for the school or program you have applied to
  • 一旦你被录取, and decided on the school you plan to attend - complete the 国际学生 Transfer Out form and return to ISSS with a copy of your letter of acceptance to the new school/program.


  • 在科罗拉多大学保持F-1身份
  • 在转学学校被录取
  • You must be able to begin full-time enrollment at the transfer-in school by the next available term or session - and this must be no more than 5-months from the end of your studies or withdrawal from CU
进入美国的学生转学须知.S. 首次进入

对于进入美国的学生.S. in F-1 学生 status for the first time in 'initial entry' - you are strongly encouraged to enter with the visa and I-20 document from the school you wish to attend. However - if you do enter using CU documents - your 'immigration transfer' in 'initial status' is a bit different:

  • 您必须能够在30天内开始首选课程
  • You must completed the 'Initial Student Transfer 'Out' Form' and return with the following:
    • CU I-20的复印件
    • 新大学的录取通知书
    • i - 94副本
    • 护照/签证复印件,并加盖入境章
  • 您将完成上述转出程序
  • You must be able to resume full-time enrollment at the transfer-in school within 5 months of the transfer release date or the date your OPT authorization ends - whichever is earlier
  • 你的OPT授权在转移释放日结束


Reinstatement is for F-1/J-1 学生s who have failed to maintain their immigration status and therefore must apply to U.S. 公民身份 & 美国移民局(USCIS) to have their status reinstated to lawful status. 此批准由美国移民局酌情决定.

学生 who lose F-1/J-1 status and who wish to apply to regain legal status have two choices:

  1. Option 1 - You may file an application for reinstatement within the U.S.
    J-1 学生s, please contact ISSS to discuss the reinstatement process
  2. 选项2 -通过旅行恢复-退出美国.S. 带着新的移民文件重新入境
    在某些情况下,可能需要离开并重新进入美国.S. 恢复状态. You are strongly encouraged to meet with an international adviser first to discuss your eligibility and any potential risks you may encounter.


Meet with an international advisor to discuss your eligibility for reinstatement by travel. If eligible, prepare the following and schedule an appointment with ISSS;

  • Current Certification of Finances with all sources of financial documentation for you and any dependents
  • 国际社联将审核您的复职资格, if eligible - your current SEVIS record will be terminated for the appropriate termination reason and a new form I-20 will be issued for travel
  • 一旦您收到新的初始入境I-20 -支付SEVIS费用
  • 离开这个国家并申请新的F-1签证
  • 重新进入美国.S. 带着你的新I-20签证印章和SEVIS费用付款
    • NOTE - you are not able to enter more than 30-days prior to the program start date on your new initial entry I-20
  • Upon return to CU - meet with ISSS to complete your reinstatement check-in.