It is your responsibility to remain compliant with immigration and university regulations. We are here to provide information and services to ensure that you are aware of these requirements and are able to remain compliant. Maintaining contact with the Center for Global Engagement and reading your ISU email regularly throughout your time here will help ensure you stay in status. See Maintaining Status for more information.
If you are not compliant with regulations, we may be forced by law to terminate your SEVIS record. Termination of a SEVIS record is very serious and can have many negative consequences for you. It can end your ability to stay in the United States, attend school, and apply for work authorization. SEVIS termination means that you are not in legal status ("out of status") according to the Department of Homeland Security. If you are out of status, contact us to learn about your options.
Staying in the U.S. beyond your allowable grace period is also a violation of F-1 regulations
ATTENTION: If your SEVIS (or I-20) is terminated OR you overstay your grace period, you could be accruing unlawful presence. This can lead to arrest and deportation proceedings. Accruing unlawful presence may result in being barred from the U.S. for many years or even permanently.
Descriptions of Important Immigration Concepts
Unlawful Presence: The period of time when you are in the U.S. without being admitted or paroled or when you are not in a "period of stay authorized by the secretary."
Barred from Entry: Being barred from the U.S. means that you cannot enter the U.S. in any immigration status for a specified length of time. You can receive a 3-year or 10-year bar from the U.S. if you have more than 180 days or one year of unlawful presence, respectively.
Accrual of Unlawful Presence: Accrual means adding to, accumulating, obtaining, or growing. This means you accumulate or grow days of unlawful presence each and every day beyond your status violation or end of your lawful grace period.