Academic Status and Changes

Your academic success and legal status go hand in hand. Changes to your academic program and your academic plan may require updates to your SEVIS record and your I-20 or DS-2019. Please review academic changes that impact your legal status below and follow the instructions to receive an updated I-20 or DS-2019, depending on your situation.

Changing Your Program/Major Procedure or Degree Level >
If you are a graduate or undergraduate student looking to change your program/major or degree level, you will need to follow this procedure.

Extending Your Program >
Do you need more time to complete your academic work? Find out how you can extend your program and stay in legal status.

Taking a Reduced Course Load Procedure >
As an international student, you are federally required to take a minimum of 12 credits (undergraduate) or a minimum of 9 credits (graduate). However, you may be eligible to register for a reduced credit load. Find out if you are and how to be approved for reduced credit enrollment.

Doing Research or Studying Abroad >
Do you have an opportunity do research or study abroad while abroad while pursuing your Rutgers degree? Notify our office of your plans, learn how to maintain your legal status while away, and plan for your return.

Transferring out of Rutgers >
Are you ready to move on to another school in the United States to continue your studies or begin a new degree program? Learn the process of transferring your SEVIS record to maintain your legal status.

Change of Status >
If you are currently studying at Rutgers and interested in changing your legal status to F-1 or J-1, we can assist you with that process. Learn more about the procedure.

Taking a Leave of Absence or Withdrawing from Rutgers >
If you are unable to continue studying at this time, please follow this procedure to ensure your immigration record is closed appropriately and review important considerations.

Returning to Rutgers >
Are you preparing to return to Rutgers and complete your degree after some time away? Learn more about the readmission process and how to receive updated immigration documents before your return.