Obtaining a visa with a specific expiration date is not an assurance that you will be able to stay in the U.S. and maintain the visa. Your right to stay in the U.S. may be forfeited at any time if you violate the regulations of your visa status. Compliance with each article below is required.
1. You must maintain a valid passport at all times.
2. You must receive written authorization to make changes to your I-20 activity such as:
3. You must complete a full course of study for each spring and fall semester.
4. You must obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Grant Center before accepting any kind of employment (on or off campus) in the U.S.
5. On campus work is limited to 20 hours per week when school is in session.
6. You must obtain a new signature on your I-20 BEFORE traveling out of the US.
7. You must complete your course of study on or before the completion date in section 5 of your I-20.
8. Any change of your home country address or phone number must be reported to the Grant Center within 10 days of the change.
9. You must maintain email contact with the Grant Center by checking your official OBU email address weekly.
10. You must maintain continual health insurance coverage for yourself and any dependents in the U.S. through Macori, Inc.
11. You must obey all federal and state laws.
12. You must leave the U.S. when:
13. You must submit Form 8843 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Services by April 15 every year.
14. Students must attend the mandatory orientation session held at the beginning of the semester for all new international students where they will sign a document stating these rules.
All international students are required to have health insurance through AIG Educational Markets, and a copy of your current health insurance card or confirmation letter must be on file in the Grant Center at all times.
The policy includes the following:
Please note that dental treatment is not covered by health insurance and is expensive in the U.S. It is advisable to check with your dentist at home in time to have any needed treatment completed before you travel.
If you are using a particular medication, you might want to bring enough to get you through the first week here. Some medicines that are sold over the counter in your home country require a prescription in the U.S. Please be sure to consult with our health center regarding your medicine needs.
Students with F-1 status who have completed their degrees or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months may apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) through the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). OPT allows students to work in their field of study for up to a year using their student visa.
Facts About OPT:
OPT Application Checklist:
Check out the USCIS OPT guide Read more about OPT from the U.S. DHS
F-1 status students are allowed to work on campus no more than 20 hours a week. (Learn more about working and maintaining your F-1 status here.) When a student acquires a job on campus, they must get a U.S. Social Security number and card.
You must apply for a Social Security number in person; the nearest Social Security office is located in Hot Springs (112 Corporate Terrace, Hot Springs, AR 71913 // Phone: 855-531-1685). Its hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Wednesdays; it is closed Saturday and Sunday. It is recommended that you call head to confirm the office will be open before you leave Arkadelphia.
Be sure to take the following documents with you to Hot Springs:
When your Social Security Card arrives in the mail, please bring it to the Grant Center to be copied and put into your file.
Download “International Students & Social Security Numbers” Guide Learn more about getting a Social Security Number