Reasons you need to report to the Office of the Registrar
The following are federal regulations under the Patriot Act that require compliance by all international students. Any changes need to be reported to the Office of the Registrar so that your records may be updated with USCIS.
Graduation Prior to Program End Date Listed on the I-20:
If for any reason you expect to complete your degree program prior to the date listed on your official I-20, you are required to notify the Office of the Registrar immediately.
Expiration of the I-20:
You must notify the Office of the Registrar no later than 30 days prior to the expiration date listed on your I-20. Extensions will be granted if you are in compliance with all USCIS rules and regulations.
Dropping a class or terminating studies:
If you are dropping below 12 credit hours or are terminating your course of study for any reason, you must visit the Office of the Registrar first.
Optional Practical Training:
If you desire optional practical training you must apply to the Office of the Registrar prior to the completion of your course of study. Failure to do so will prevent you from being granted the opportunity to participate in your optional practical training program.
If your name or address, or that of your dependent(s), has changed for any reason, you are required to notify the Office of the Registrar within 10 days of said change. For immigration purposes, the address(es) provided by international students must represent the actual physical location where the student and/or dependent(s) reside. P.O. boxes or office addresses are not considered acceptable addresses.
Transfer to Another Academic Institution:If you are planning to transfer to another institution, you are required to notify the Office of the Registrar immediately, so that they may release you for transfer in the SEVIS system.