F-1 and J-1 students must maintain full-time enrollment to keep their visa status active throughout their program of study in the United States.
Immigration regulations on enrollment are very strict and allow for exceptions only under certain conditions. To make use of an exception, you must receive written approval from the Office of International Services prior to registering for less than a full-course of study or dropping below a full-course of study. Forms for the following alternate enrollment exceptions can be found on the OIS Forms page and should be submitted prior to the start of the term.
Failure to maintain full-time enrollment throughout the program of study or submit appropriate paperwork for an exception could result in a SEVIS termination.
Fully-admitted undergraduate students enrolled in more than one school may also be interested in the DPP. While Concurrent Enrollment must be requested each term, DPP requires a one-time application and provides benefits such as advanced registration and easy transfer of credits. Some important notes about DPP:
Students on a vacation term can choose to:
Students who wish to take a term off other than summer term may be eligible if they have been fully enrolled for the previous 3 terms (including summer) and should meet with an international student advisor to determine eligibility. If you decide to take a vacation term outside of summer term, you must register full-time for the next three consecutive terms before being allowed to take another vacation term including the following summer.
Students in INTO OSU programs must also receive approval from INTO OSU for a vacation term, regardless of the time of year.
IT - Immigration related issue
Registration - you will not be able to register for classes if you have this hold.
You have an immigration related issue that is urgent. This may be related to immigration document check-in, your SEVIS status, or a financial guarantee issue for sponsored students.
Check your OSU email for details about this hold and how to address it. You can also contact the Office of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you address your hold.