A student in F-1 or J-1 student status may not reduce his or her course load below full-time without prior permission of the Office of International Student Services (OISS). In cases where this is allowed, a Deviation Form must be completed and submitted to the OISS in order to properly document the reduction in the student’s immigration file and reported to the Immigration Service through SEVIS. Per immigration regulation, a reduced course load may be taken only for the following reasons AND only for one semester during each education level:
Documentation of the reason must be submitted to the OISS and approved prior to the reduction of the course load. Failure to submit this documentation on time will be consider a violation of your immigration status and must be reported to the Immigration Service.