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Maintaining F-1 Status

Rules & Regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Failure to follow these rules could result in dismissal and loss of student status.

Designated School Officials (DSOs) in the Office of International Student Services are required to enforce these regulations.

Responsibilities of the Student

Records of International Students at Liberty University are maintained on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and reported to the USCIS.

To abide by USCIS regulations and Liberty University policies while an international student, you must do the following:


Form I-20


Your visa can expire while you are in the United States. It is only when you leave the United States that you need to apply for another visa. The visa is only a key to enter the United States. Your I-20 and your I-94 card are what keep you here legally, not your visa.

If you renew your passport but your visa is still valid, you can still use your visa. Be sure to travel with both your old and new passport. For more Information, please go to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.

Full-Time Enrollment

Online Courses
Local Address

Travel Outside the U.S.

Off-Campus Employment

On-Campus Employment

Social Security Number (SSN)



Extension of Stay

Transfer to Another School

Responsibilities of the University

Liberty University is required by law to notify USCIS when a student has failed to maintain status, violated immigration laws in any way, changed status, or is no longer attending school. Liberty may refuse admission to students who have not met USCIS requirements for F-1 status.