InternationalPrograms_StudentsFlags_330x330Keeping your F-1 student visa status active is essential to earning your degree.

Your F-1 student visa is the key to earning your degree. Here’s how to maintain your F-1 status.

Know Your DSO

Your Designated School Official (DSO) at Wingate University oversees and signs your legal documentation. Your DSO is your resource for any questions or concerns. You’ll learn who the DSOs are during the mandatory orientation for new international students.

Organize and Update Your Documents

I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status
You receive this form from Wingate University when you’re admitted. Do not let your I-20 expire and remember to keep all copies of your prior I-20 forms.

Contact your DSO immediately for the following:

  • Extending your program at Wingate University
  • Changing educational level (example: undergraduate to graduate), major or program
  • Not meeting full-time enrollment, dropping a class or not passing your classes
  • Taking a leave of absence or a break from school
  • Transferring to another U.S. university
  • Moving to a new address or getting a new telephone number

The I-20 requires a current DSO signature, especially if you travel internationally during your course of study.

Your passport must always be valid for at least six months. Renew it through your home country’s embassy in the United States or at home.

I-94 Arrival / Departure Record
You must print and submit a copy of your I-94 when you travel to or from the country.

Visa Stamp
If you leave the United States with an expired visa, you cannot re-enter as a student. To renew your F-1visa, visit a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.

Obtain Work Authorization

You must have prior authorization from the Office of International Programs in order to legally work on- or off-campus. Violation of these regulations places you in out-of-legal status and could  prevent you from re-entering the United States.


Just ask the Office of International Programs or your DSO. We are here to help.