Retention of Legal Documents
You are strongly advised to retain copies of all documents you receive concerning your legal/immigration status. This includes, but not limited to, I-20s, passport, visa, BCC’s letter of admission. You may need these items if you decide to apply for H1B visa or permanent residence (the “green card”).
Your Immigration Responsibilities
- Maintain a valid passport, and provide the Office of Admission with a copy of this along with your I-94 card upon your arrival to the U.S.
- Know the expiration date of your visa, and provide the Office of Admission with visa renewals.
- Know your program completion date on your I-20 and follow the appropriate procedures for timely extensions (due to program change, etc.) by getting in contact with the PDSO or a DSO at least two months prior to the I-20 expiration date.
- Carry a full-time course load (at least 12 credits each semester). You must obtain permission from the PDSO or a DSO if you need to drop below full-time status. In order to obtain permission, you must contact the PDSO or a DSO no later than thirty days beyond the start of the semester.
- Make normal academic progress by attending all classes, completing all assignments, taking all tests/quizzes/exams as designated by all your professors.
- Enroll in BCC’s health insurance plan (including your dependents, if necessary).
- Report all changes in status (address change, program change, etc.) to the Office of Admission within one week of the change.
- Obtain official work permission and permission from the Registrar (DSO).
- Obtain travel signatures on your I-20 at least one week prior to your travel date.
- Notify the PDSO or a DSO if you must leave school for any reason.
- Obey ALL state and federal laws, and the Bristol Community College student handbook policies.
- Depart from the U.S. in a timely manner, and remember that in order to maintain proper visa status you have no more than five months in order to begin your studies at another institution in the U.S.
- SEVIS - Student and Exchange Visitor Information System – this is an internet-based system that collects, maintains, and tracks information on international students on F-1 visa status. Your I-20 form is generated by this system. BCC’s Office of Admission is required to report to SEVIS on all student activity.
- DHS - Department of Homeland Security, which oversees SEVIS
- USCIS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- ICE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Leaving Bristol Community College
- The Department of Homeland Security offers a grace period to F-1 visa holders.
- The student completed their program of study.
- Authorized withdrawal from Bristol Community College.
- Unauthorized withdrawal, termination of studies or status violation will result in no grace period. You will be expected to leave the United States immediately.