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An F-1 visa allows an international student to enter the United States to study in a language and/or academic program. If you are studying at WSU on an F-1 visa, you must comply with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements, as well as University requirements.

Please Note

President Donald J. Trump announced a Presidential Proclamation to take effect at noon Eastern Daylight Time on June 1, 2020. The proclamation will remain in effect until terminated by the president. It suspends entry into the United States only of graduate students and researchers from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who hold an F- or J-visa and whose study, research, or OPT arrangement contributes to the PRC’s “military‑civil fusion strategy.” Undergraduate students are exempt, as well as “any alien who is studying or conducting research in a field involving information that would not contribute to the PRC’s military‑civil fusion strategy.”

If you have any questions or concerns, or need to contact us about your personal status regarding this issue, please email us at

Q.  I am a citizen of China, so how will the latest Presidential Proclamation of May 29, 2020, affect my case?

A.  If you are a new student planning to join WSU this fall, this Proclamation will affect you only if you are pursuing a graduate program AND are deemed to be associated with the PRC “military‑civil fusion strategy.” Processing of your F- or J-visa stamp at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in China may be delayed until this determination can be made. Please notify us if you experience or expect to experience any delay of your arrival on campus.

If you are a current WSU student or engaged in post-completion OPT, it will affect you only if you are pursuing a graduate degree AND/OR are deemed to be associated with the PRC “military‑civil fusion strategy” by the U.S. Secretary of State, at the Secretary’s discretion. You will receive a formal notification if you are determined to be in this situation. Please notify us of any communication you receive in this regard.

Enrollment Requirements

F-1 students are required to maintain full-time student status.

In certain situations, such as you are in your last semester before graduation, working on a dissertation, or have a qualifying emergency, you can request to drop below a full course load.

Inform WSU of any Change in Program

Your Form I-20 must accurately reflect your current status as a student. You are responsible for keeping it up to date. If you change your academic program in any way, please inform the Office of International Programs.

Your I-20 will need to be changed and updated before any of the following:

  • Change of major
  • Graduating from your academic program
  • Change of level (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate study)
  • Extending your F-1 immigration status
  • Dropping below full-time enrollment
  • Cancelling enrollment

Check the detailed status requirements to be sure you follow proper procedure and meet U.S. government requirements.

F-1 status requirements


If you will be traveling outside the United States while your F-1 visa is in effect, you will need to follow certain procedures.

Travel information

Change of Address

If you move to a new local residence, you must update your address within 10 days of your move. Your new address will be sent to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security automatically via the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Update your address

Medical Insurance

Washington State University recommends you have medical insurance for you and any dependents you bring with you. WSU will automatically enroll you in its international Student Health Insurance Program (iSHIP), but you will need to purchase separate coverage for anyone else who comes with you.

Finding the policy that is right for your dependents

Evaluate different insurance products to find one that best suits your dependents’ circumstances.

If you have questions about the WSU iSHIP policy, please contact WSU Health and Wellness Services (HWS).


For quick questions, stop by Bryan Hall Room 206 during open-advising hours.

Monday through Friday: 1-3 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for personal advising, call 509-335-4508. No same-day appointments are available unless there is an emergency.

International Student Portal

The Washington State University Office of International Programs International Student and Scholar Services now offers many of its services online. International students can conveniently request new I-20s/DS-2019s, reduced course loads, Optional Practical Training, visa support lLetters, and many more services through our online portal. Students may still meet in person by appointment or by coming in during open-advising hours of 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Bryan Hall 206.

Please check in at the front desk to meet with an advisor. The last check-in to meet with an advisor is 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Email Advisories

The Office of International Programs will email you important reminders and immigration updates on Thursdays throughout the academic year. If you are not receiving these messages, please contact International Student and Scholar Services department at to verify your correct email address.

Health Care Services

WSU Health and Wellness Services (HWS) provides low-cost medical services for minor illnesses and injuries. The clinic is located in the Washington Building on Stadium Way.

Extracurricular Activities

Get involved through volunteer opportunities, cultural sharing, and student government and organizations.