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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMPLEX

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMPLEX

Immigration
Maintaining your visa status

Application for Reduced Course Load (ARCL) 

Per U.S. immigration regulations, all F-1 and J-1 students must maintain full-time enrollment each semester. Undergraduates (Bachelor's) = 12 units. Graduates (Master's/Doctoral) = 9 units. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security allows less than full-time enrollment (called a Reduced Course Load) under certain circumstances, but it must be PRE-APPROVED by the International Student Center or you will be in violation of your immigration status.


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ARCL Eligible reasons for approval

Before completing the ISC's Reduced Course Load Request Form, review the reasons below to determine if you are eligible to study less than full-time. If you are unsure, please contact the ISC and ask to meet with an ISC advisor.

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How to apply for a reduced course load

Remember to re-apply each semester

It is your responsibility as an international student to submit the ARCL form each semester you wish to request a reduced course load. You will not be contacted or reminded to submit the form.

IMPORTANT!
Serious consequences if you are underenrolled without approved ARCL

If you do not submit the ARCL form, or if your ARCL form is not approved, your SEVIS immigration record will be terminated and you will become ineligible for any benefits of the F-1 or J-1 status. It is possible that you will have to depart the United States immediately and discontinue your studies. This could also result in problems with a future visa application and/or entry to the U.S. To ensure that you are maintaining proper enrollment status, you must submit the ARCL form to the ISC by the deadline and receive approval by the ISC.  

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMPLEX