F-1 Visa Students
DO NOT let your I-20 expire!
Check the first page of your I-20 section "5" to see the expiration date. If more time needed, please fill the I-20 Extension form (PDF) and submit that to International Services Office.
An F1 visa is a temporary student visa that allows international students to study full-time at an accredited academic institution. International students wishing to participate in an English language course in the US may also be eligible for an F1 visa.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is defined as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT) (PDF)
- Curricular Practical Training for Students on F-1 Visas (PDF)
- CPT Request form (PDF)
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is defined as "Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Under the prior rules, an F-1 student could be authorized to receive up to a total of 12 months of practical training either before (pre-) and/or after (post-) completion of studies.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) (PDF)
- Application for Post-Completion Practical Training After Graduation (OPT) (PDF)
- OPT Reporting Requirements form (PDF)
STEM Extension is an additional 17 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) granted to certain government-designated STEM degree-holders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- STEM Extension Eligibility (PDF)
- STEM Extension form (PDF)
- Employment Verification for STEM Extension (PDF)
Severe Economic Hardship
If you are suffering a severe economic hardship due to unforeseen changes in your financial circumstances, you may apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for authorization to work off-campus.
- Severe Economic Hardship form (PDF)
F1 students are eligible to work on-campus. If you have plan to work on-campus, you can find more information here.
- On-Campus Employment for F-1 Students (PDF)
- WSU Student Employment Handbook (PDF) - This handbook is provided as a comprehensive guide for students regarding all aspects of student employment at Winona State University.
Reduced Course Load
International students in F-1 status are required to maintain full-time enrollment during the academic year. If you cannot or will not meet this requirement, you must complete a Request for Reduced Course Load (RCL) and meet an advisor in ISCO to discuss your request.
A Reduced Course Load (RCL) based on the Academic Difficulty can be approved only once while pursuing a course of study at a particular program level.
Important: By reducing your load of classes does not mean you will pay less tuition. For additional information, click here.
Transfer-Out (to leave WSU)
This form is used to notify the International Services Office of your intent to transfer to another academic institution. Please read this document in detail. Upon receipt of this completed, signed form, we will release your SEVIS record so the new school can issue a new I-20.
Transfer-Recommendation (to attend WSU)
Any F-1 student who wishes to transfer to Winona State from another institution in the United States should submit this form and it must be completed entirely.
Request for Letter From International Services
If you need Academic Good Standing letter from International Services, you should fill this form first and submit that to ISO.
Lost or Stolen Immigration Documents
If you have lost any of your immigration documents (passport, I-20, I-94, EAD card), you should immediately take action to find out how they can be replaced.
In the instance of losing your F1 status, you should fill the reinstatement application form.
- Reinstatement Application form (PDF)
Tips for Traveling
As an International student you may enter the United States multiple times if you hold a valid F1 Student Visa. It is important that the F1 Student Visa holders have all the necessary documents and signed authorizations to avoid any problems at the U.S. port of entry. The passport must also be valid for a certain amount of time in order to be granted entry. F1 Visa holders can also travel freely within the United States.
- Tips for Traveling (PDF)