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It is the responsibility of each international student to know and follow the guidelines for maintaining his or her student visa status. Please see the information below for information about maintaining status.
Registration information is posted online prior to each registration period. Students can access a list of open courses on the Wilmington University website. Students can register for classes in person, by fax or online through WebCampus (current students only).
International students are required to maintain and complete a full course of study each semester while attending Wilmington University. A full course of study consists of 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students and 9 credits per semester for graduate students. International students who are in the last semester of their program need only take those classes required to complete the program. Please contact your DSO before you begin your last semester.
All international students are responsible for making satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Thus, all international students must work collectively with the DSO and academic advisors or program coordinators. To find your undergraduate academic advisor please click here. To find your Graduate Program Chair, please contact the Office of Admissions at (302) 295-1184.
Dropping below the minimum GPA for your degree level can result in academic probation or suspension and can negatively affect your student visa status. If you are having trouble maintaining your GPA, please contact your DSO immediately.
Grades of FA (Failure due to absences), NA (Failure to withdraw from a course), and I (Incomplete grades) result in no credit for the course and can cause students to drop below a full course load and result in the loss of F-1 Visa status.
Unauthorized employment is a violation of your status and results in the termination of your I-20 with Wilmington University. Please see the section on Employment for more information about Employment Options.
Any student who fails to maintain lawful F-1 Student Visa status and wishes to continue studying at Wilmington University must do one of the following:
If you are out of status and wish to depart the U.S. then return under a new I-20, please contact your DSO about requirements for the issuance of a new I-20.
If you are out of status and wish to file for reinstatement, you must meet criteria set forth by USCIS federal regulation 8 CFR 214.2(f)(16), which states that the student:
Your DSO at Wilmington University will assist you in petitioning for reinstatement provided you meet the above eligibility requirements. If you do not meet the above criteria, please consult an immigration attorney.
Students who meet the conditions for reinstatement should submit the following items to your DSO:
After compiling and completing all documentation, please photocopy entire reinstatement application package and submit it to the DSO before mailing it to the USCIS Vermont Service Center:
USCIS Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479
Please note that the decision to reinstate you to lawful F-1 status is entirely up to USCIS. Further, reinstatement can take up to four months, and you are not eligible for any F-1 status benefits (e.g. practical training or on-campus employment) until a decision to reinstate is made.
If your application is approved, USCIS will return your I-20 to you with an endorsement, and your F-1 status resumes.
If your application is denied, you will receive a denial notice. At this time, you have thirty (30) days to file a motion to reopen your case. Wilmington University does not help you file this motion – you should consult a reputable immigration attorney. Please be advised that “unlawful presence” begins to accumulate after you are denied reinstatement. If you remain in U.S. for more than 180 days, but less than one (1) year, after denial, you may be barred from reentering the country for three (3) years. If you remain in the country for more than a year, you may be barred from entering the country for ten (10) years.