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Fall 2020 Update:

  • Due to the escalation of COVID-19 cases, our in-person instruction and services plans may be modified to continue to protect the health and safety of our communities.
  • Fall classes start August 24. Go to LearnSafe website for more information or call 480-784-0999.
  • Services will continue to be offered remotely via phone, email, and online.
  • Mail and delivery services are still being accepted at our Pecos and Williams campuses. Please follow posted signage for receiving.


Maintaining F-1 & M-1 Status

Know the rules for maintaining your status

Students who come to the U.S. are granted nonimmigrant classifications known as "F-1" or "M-1". This is commonly referred to as your "status." A spouse or child under the age of 21 who comes to the United States to be with an F-1 or M-1 student is a "dependent," and is given F-2 or M-2 status. This status is valid as long as the F-1 or M-1 student maintains valid status.

In order to remain legally present in the United States, you must "maintain" your status; that is you must follow the rules that apply to your status. It is your legal responsibility to understand and follow these rules. To help you stay in compliance, this section provides information regarding the most important rules for F-1s and M-1s. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact CGCC’s International Education Program (IEP) office.

Here are the most important things to remember to stay in compliance with USCIS regulations:

  1. Your passport must be valid at all times. Do not let it expire!
  2. You must attend the school that issued your SEVIS I-20
  3. You must carry and complete a full course of study (minimum of 12 credits) every Fall and Spring semester. Summer sessions are optional.
  4. Do not enroll for more than ONE online/internet course (or 3 credits) per semester
  5. SEVIS I-20 must not be expired
  6. Engage ONLY in authorized employment and do not work for more than 20 hours a week while school is in session
  7. Apply for a program extension BEFORE your I-20 expires
  8. Inform IEP of your current U.S. address within 10 days of any relocation move
  9. Notify IEP by letter if you intend to discontinue enrollment at CGCC
  10. Notify the IEP Office if you intend to cancel your enrollment or will graduate and return home prior to completion of your program listed on the I-20
  11. Depart the U.S. within the 60-day period following completion of your program, or depart the U.S. within 15 days if you terminate your program in the middle of a semester or regular session or fallout of status.
  12. Disclose fully and truthfully all information requested by USCIS
  13. Obey all federal and state laws that prohibit the commission of crimes of violence

Keep your immigration documents safe
It is extremely important to keep your original documents in a safe place. You will need them in the future to identify yourself, apply for employment authorization, prove your status, and maintain a record of your status throughout your stay in the United States.

Do not let your immigration papers expire!
F-1 students are responsible for maintaining their legal status while studying in the U.S. Consequences for an F-1 student who fails to maintain legal status can be serious. Students who are out of legal status are ineligible for school transfer, travel endorsement, employment, OPT, program extension, change to another status, as well as other benefits. Out-of-status students must either apply for reinstatement or leave the U.S. and reenter with an initial SEVIS I-20 (see below, “Out-of Status”).