An F-1 student is a non-immigrant who is pursuing a "full course of study" to achieve a specific educational or professional objective, at an academic institution in the United States that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to offer courses of study to such students, and has been enrolled in SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). Once the educational or professional objectives have been attained, the F-1 student is expected by the U.S. government to return to his or her residence abroad.
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A student acquires F-1 status through a Form I-20, issued by a DHS-approved school through SEVIS. Status is acquired in one of two ways:
- if the student is abroad, by entering the United States with the I-20 and an F-1 visa obtained at a U.S. consulate (although citizens of some countries are exempt from the visa requirement); or
- if the student is already in the United States, by sending the I-20 to USCIS with an application for a change of non-immigrant status.
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If you would like to apply for an I-20 please fully complete the following form:
- How to Get Your I-20 » (open this document with MS Word 2010 or higher)
- How to Get Your I-20 (PDF version) »
F-2 Dependent Application
If your spouse and or child(ren) will accompany you to the United States, please complete the F-2 Dependent Application for each individual. The link above consists of the instructions, as well as the application. Please return this application to our office by mail, fax or email.
Part-Time Enrollment Form
In order to maintain your status as an F-1 Visa Student, you must be enrolled at Seton Hall University as a full time student. If you must become a part time student under unforeseen circumstances, please complete this form for part-time enrollment consideration.
This form is required for all international students who plan to extend their program of study at Seton Hall University. Please submit this form and supporting financial documents to the Office of International Programs at least two weeks BEFORE program end-date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019.
I-765 Application Form for Employment Authorization (OPT Application)
Please follow the instructions with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) in order to complete your optional practical training (OPT) application. Note: This is to be completed at the end of your degree.
Procedures for Applying to OPT
The attached packet is required for International Students to apply for their Optional Practical Training. Please print this out and return it to the Office of International Programs when you fill it out.
Letter Request Form
This form is required for current students to request letters from the OIP. These letters include Graduation Invitation letters, Driver's License letters, and Address Verification for on-campus students.
Explore the Undergraduate Admissions site for more information about applying to Seton Hall University to complete an undergraduate degree.
English As a Second Language
As an international student you can enroll in Seton Hall University's English as a Second Language Program.
Find information about applying to Seton Hall University to complete an graduate degree.
Housing and Residence Life
Find information about housing options on-campus and general campus life information for Seton Hall University.
International Student Welcome Guide
This handbook outlines academic requirements, immigration regulations, and support services available at Seton Hall University for new and continuing international students. This packet also includes information about life in the United States and general South Orange information.