Immigration - F-1 Status
Office of the General Counsel
Maintaining Your F-1 Immigration Status
In order to maintain your F-1 Student Status follow these guidelines.
F1 Program Extension
In order to be granted an extension of student status you must complete this form.
Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an internet-based system which provides the US government, educational institutions and exchange programs an automated means to exchange timely information about foreign students, exchange student visitors, and their dependents.
Understanding Your Immigration Documents
Your passport, F-1 Visa, Form I-94 (D/S notation), and Form I-20
Optional Practical Training (OPT) General Information
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is defined in the regulations as "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study."
OPT Application Packet (includes I-765 Form)
This packet contains everything you need to prepare your application for OPT.
FAQ about OPT
Frequently Asked Questions about OPT.
New OPT Rules (17 month extension)
On April 3, 2008, The Department of Homeland Security announced the publication of an Interim Final Rule that makes significant changes to Post-Completion Optional Practical Training for F-1 students.
After I apply for OPT
Once you have begun the process to apply for optional practical training, keep these things in mind.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for Students in F-1 Status
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available if the employment is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternate work/study programs, internships, cooperative education programs, or any type of required internships or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
CPT Application Packet
Information you need to prepare your CPT application packet.
F-1 SEVIS Transfer In Form
To be completed by you and the Designated School Official at your current school if you are transferring to Bucknell.
F-1 SEVIS Transfer Out Form
To be completed by you and the Designated School Official at Bucknell if you are transferring from Bucknell.