International Student Compliance

Federal regulations require all international students to maintain their F-1 or J-1 status while residing in the U.S. Please keep in mind that the information below is not comprehensive and consultation with an International Student Advisor at the International Office may be required.

Maintain Accurate I-20/DS-2019 Information
Uphold Academic Program Objectives
Abide by Employment/Internship Regulations
Keep Personal Information in CAESAR Up To Date

Maintain Accurate I-20/DS-2019 Information

If there are any changes to the information that appears on your I-20 or DS-2019 such as Financial Information, Academic Program and/or Academic Level, you must report this to the International Office. To do so please submit the F-1/J-1 Student Information Update Form.  

Academic Updates or Changes:

Maintain a valid, unexpired Form I-20/DS-2019 at all times.

  • You must apply for an I-20/DS-2019 extension prior to the expiration date listed.
  • Report a change to an academic major/program
  • Report a change in academic level (i.e. from Master's to PhD or PhD to Master’s).

Financial Information:

You must report a change in financial support (i.e. if your funding changes from scholarship funds to family funding).

Personal Information:

If there are any changes to the information that appears on your I-20 or DS-2019 such as name, dependent name, immigration status you must report this to the International Office.

  • Report a change of legal name to the International Office. If you need to update your name, please submit a copy of your new passport to your assigned International Student Advisor or during walk-in hours. 
  • Please report any name changes for your dependents to the IO.
  • Notify the International Office if you obtain another immigration status. Please submit a copy of your USCIS Approval Notice, Green Card, etc.
  • Maintain a valid passport at all times. Passport should be valid 6 months into the future each time you enter the U.S.

Uphold Academic Program Objectives

  • Enroll full-time every quarter/semester, unless otherwise authorized for a Reduced Course Load.
    • Full-time enrollment per quarter consists of 3 or more units.
    • Full-time enrollment per semester consists of 8 or more units.
  • Consult with the IO if you plan to withdraw from NU completely or for a specific amount of time.
    • If you plan to leave NU or are dismissed from the university, you must report this to the IO immediately.
  • Attend the institution listed on your Form I-20/DS-2019.
    • If you plan to transfer to a new institution, you must complete the Transfer Out form and consult with the IO to have your SEVIS record transferred.
    • Contact IO to receive approval to concurrently enroll at another institution.

Abide by employment/internship regulations

  • Refrain from working off-campus without prior approval and authorization from the IO.
    • When working on-campus F-1/J-1 students are allowed to work 20 hours per week while school is in session, and 20 or more hours during school breaks and holidays.
    • To attain authorization to accept employment off-campus, please review the information regarding Employment and then meet with an advisor to discuss your options.

Keep Personal Information in CAESAR Up To Date

All international students are required by U.S. federal immigration regulation to maintain a permanent foreign and U.S. address. F-1 and J-1 students must always maintain Current and Permanent Address types in CAESAR as these addresses are automatically reported from CAESAR to SEVIS.

Please log onto CAESAR to ensure your addresses are current and have been updated per the instructions below.
1. Once you have logged onto CAESAR; use the menu on the left-hand side of the screen to navigate to the Personal Portfolio.
2. Select My Addresses.
3. Select the Edit button next to the address type you would like to edit, or select the Add a New Address if the address type you are adding has not yet been created.

  •  Your Current Address must consist of a U.S. address. Don’t forget to change the country type using the Change Country hyperlink.
  • Your Permanent Address must consist of a non-U.S. address. Don’t forget to change the country type using the Change Country hyperlink.

4. Update/change the selected address.
5. Select the OK button when finished.
6. Select the Save button to save your changes.
NOTE: Kellogg MBA students must update their addresses via the Matrix interface.

Emergency Information:

All NU students are required to maintain accurate emergency information in their CAESAR account. Instructions can be found here.