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  1. SEVIS I-20
  2. Full-time Enrollment
  3. Current Address
  4. Program Extension
  5. Early Departure
  6. Transfer to another school
  7. Employment
  8. Important Documents
1. SEVIS I-20

When you came into the U.S. or transferred to CRC, you received a SEVIS I-20. This SEVIS I-20 is essentially your contract with the U.S. Your paper SEVIS I-20 is connected to an electronic record in SEVIS. SEVIS is an internet-based system that maintains accurate and current information on our international students and their dependents. CRC sends electronic information to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The information that is sent includes: personal information; program information; addresses in home country and U.S.; registration of classes; and changes in any program information. You should think of your SEVIS record as live information. Every semester, CRC must report to SEVIS your registration and current address information.

PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO READ YOUR I-20 CAREFULLY!

You are responsible for maintaining your own status. As an international student you must follow F-1 student regulations. These regulations were created by the U.S. Government. They were not created by Cosumnes River College.

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2. Full Time Enrollment
  • Full-time student takes 12 units every semester.
  • Not including summer session
  • Possible exceptions to this requirement are allowed only if you receive prior approval from an International Student Advisor in the Admissions and Records Office at (916)691-7423.
  • If you have a serious medical condition and can not attend school, then you may receive approval to take less than 12 units. You must present documentation from a licensed doctor or psychologist.
  • In your last semester, you may take only the classes that you need to complete your program. Please check with your academic counselor to make sure you've completed all of your course work. Approval for this must be given by an International Student Advisor in the Admissions and Records Office at (916)691-7423.

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3. Current Residential Address:
  • Please update your address with CRC Admissions and Records.
  • Please notify International Student Advising of any new contact information as soon as possible.

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4. Program Extension

There is an program end date on your SEVIS I-20. If you need to continue at CRC beyond that date, then please make an appointment to meet with an International Student Advisor at (916)691-7423. If you don't extend your SEVIS I-20 by that date, you will not be able to extend it.

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5. Early Departure

If you leave the U.S. before the end date on your I-20, please contact an International Student Advisor immediately at (916)691-7423. CRC will need to report to SEVIS that you've stopped your program and departed the U.S. If you do not inform CRC of your departure, the school will need to terminate your SEVIS I-20 for failure to enroll and maintain status.

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6. School Transfer

The majority of our students transfer to a UC or CSU school to finish their academic program. The immigration process for this is fairly simple. You should first determine if you are accepted at the school of your choice.

After you've been accepted to another school, inform CRC International Student Advising of your decision to transfer. There may be a transfer form that you will have to fill out for the other school.

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7. Authorized Employment

International students have limited part-time and full-time employment opportunities. Work authorization is always required prior to employment.

On-campus employment (Paid by CRC) is 20 hours or less per week. Full time employment is available in the summer.

Three types of off-campus employment:

  1. Optional Practical Training
  2. Curricular Practical Training
  3. Economic Hardship

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8. Important Documents

There are a number of immigration documents that you need to keep safe and pay attention.

Passport: You are required to have a valid passport while you are in the U.S. If your passport has an expiration date in six months, you should contact your embassy to follow the procedures for an extension.

I-94 Card: When you traveled into the U.S., you filled out a small white card: I-94 Departure Record. At the Port of Entry, the officer admitted you to the U.S. for "duration of status" which is defined as:

  • The time during which you are pursuing a full course of study and making normal progress toward completing that course, plus.
  • The time you may be working in authorized "practical training" after you complete studies (if you qualify and are so authorized) plus
  • Sixty (60) days to depart the country.

The I-94 card verifies your status in the U.S., so this is an extremely important document.

SEVIS I-20: this documents was issued by CRC and allows you to attend as an international student.

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