Please view the Immigration Handbook (PDF) for more the most current information for F-1 students.
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An F-1 student is defined as "a person who has a residence in a foreign country to which he or she plans to return, and who has come to the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of attending a college, university, seminary, conservatory, or other academic institution."
A new F-1 student is permitted to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on Form I-20.
At the port of entry to the United States, the immigration inspector should have checked the Form I-20. The United States Customs and Border Protection notifies Biola University through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) of students who enter the country with an I-20 issued by Biola University. The Designated School Officials (DSOs) at the Office of the Registrar are then required to report to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement about their enrollment status at Biola University. This reporting must be done within 30 days from the program start date on the I-20.
When you sign the Student Certification on the Form I-20, it indicates that you have read and understood the terms and conditions of F-1 status. These terms and conditions are outlined on page 3 of Form I-20.
As a student, you should pursue a full course of study at the school that issued his or her Form I-20. Also, you should follow the proper procedures to transfer schools, change educational levels, or extend his or her program. Employment outside of campus is allowed only when specifically authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration special_services (USCIS).
The Immigration Specialist and the Immigration Advisor at the Student Immigration Services (SIS) in the Registrar's Office is here to assist you in understanding and maintaining your rights and responsibilities as an international student. If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to schedule an appointment with our Student Immigration Services team, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (562) 903-4720.