Maintaining Status

While studying in the United States, it is imperative to maintain your F-1 student visa status. Review the guidelines below for more information.

Registration

Registration information is posted online prior to each registration period. Students can search the open courses schedule by term. Current students can register for classes in person, by fax or online through myWilmU.

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 can take ONE online course per semester.

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 at OPT@wilmu.edu before you begin your last semester.

Academic Issues

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.

Maintaining Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

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 That May Affect Your Status

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.

Employment

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.

Changing Visa Type to F-1

When you come into the US on a nonimmigrant status, that status indicates what you are supposed to be doing during your time in the US. Often, students decide they want to change to an F-1 status once they have been in the US and want to study full time. There are 2 ways to change your nonimmigrant status.

Option 1: Travel and Reentry

In this case, you would leave the US and apply for a new visa at a U.S. Embassy and reenter the US with a new F-1 visa. You will officially be on F-1 status once you enter the United States.

This is usually the fastest way to gain F-1 status

Option 2: Change of Status in the U.S.

To do this, we recommend you hire an immigration attorney. You will apply to USCIS with a change of status request. This process can be very slow, usually taking between 6 months to a year. You do get to stay in the U.S. During this processing time, however, you cannot leave the U.S. either.

While considering your options, you should get in contact with our office either at international@wilmu.edu or (302) 356-6797