Full-Time Enrollment Requirement
Immigration regulations require that F-1 students register for and complete a full course of study each Fall and Spring semester.
For immigration purposes, full-time enrollment at ENC is defined as being enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
Immigration rules permit exceptions to the full-time enrollment required in very limited circumstances.
You must request and obtain permission for a reduced course load from a ENC DSO before dropping below full-time enrollment.
The ENC DSO cannot retroactively authorize a drop below full-time enrollment, so please contact an ENC DSO before dropping or withdrawing from classes.
Students may be considered for an exception for the following reasons:
1. Academic Reasons
2. Final Semester
3. Medical Reasons
Requesting Authorization for a Reduced Course Load
To request authorization for a reduced course load for any of the above permitted circumstances, please bring your application for reduced course load (available below), supporting documentation, I-20, passport, and I-94 record to the ENC DSO. Upon approval, your SEVIS record will be updated to reflect the reduced course load authorization and you will receive a new I-20 documenting the authorization.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that you finish your program of study by the completion date on your I-20. The end date on the I-20 (Item #5) is established by the admissions office to reflect the average length of time it should take a student to complete the degree requirements. If, during the course of your studies it becomes necessary to extend your I-20, the ENC DSO can provide I-20 extensions to those who are eligible and apply in a timely fashion.
In order to obtain a program extension, you must show that you have continually maintained status and that the extension is needed for compelling academic or medical reasons, such as a change of major or research topic, unexpected research problems, or a documented illness. Delays in completing your program caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension approval.
Extension of stay can be granted only for documented academic or medical reasons. You may be eligible for an I-20 extension if the following criteria are met:
If your program end date (I-20, section #5) has expired or you do not meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a program extension, it will be necessary to file for reinstatement to F-1 status with USCIS, for which you will have to pay a substantial fee. In addition, failure to apply for an extension of stay in a timely manner is a violation of F-1 regulations, which can carry heavy penalties.
The following are not valid reasons for I-20 extensions:
Applying for a Program Extension:
To apply for a program extension you will need to provide proof of eligibility for the extension. This includes providing a valid reason for the extension and providing funding for the remaining time requested.
US Immigration law requires F-1 students to notify the ENC DSO immediately about any changes to their academic program. These changes must reported in SEVIS. Failure to report academic program changes including a change of major can put a student's immigrations status at risk.
Requesting a Change of Major:
Withdrawing from ENC
If you are planning to withdraw from ENC and return to your home country, you will need to request an authorized Early Withdrawal. Please complete the Authorized Early Withdrawal form available below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Transferring to another College
If you are planning to transfer to another college, you will need to request your SEVIS record be transferred to the new college.
Before we can transfer your SEVIS record, you will need to complete the ENC SEVIS Transfer Out Request Form and include a copy of your acceptance letter to the new institution.
Please Note, that once ENC releases your SEVIS record, we are no longer able to review or make changes to your record and you will need to work with the DSO at your new college on any immigration of I-20 issues.
Please email the Transfer Out Request Form and copy of your acceptance letter to email@example.com
Spring 2021 TRAD International Student Check In
Returning Students: WHEN: February 1 - February 28
New Students: WHEN: February 1 - February 14
Form will be available starting February 1st.
Fall 2021 AGS International Student Check In
WHEN: July 1 - July 31
As an F-1 Student at ENC, you must complete your Check In at the beginning of each semester. Federal regulations require ENC to notify the Department of Homeland Security that every F-1 Student is physically present on campus and registered for a full-time load of courses each and Fall and Spring semester.
Completing Semester Check-In
ENC holds a check-in event at the beginning of each semester. All international students are required to attend and complete the following:
You will need to complete the ENC International Student Check-In Form. This form requires:
When you come to check-in please bring the following: