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Basic Info on Student Visas

SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) requires that the Community College of Aurora report electronically to the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) information about F-1 and M-1 students.

The SEVIS system which was fully implemented in 2003 has changed immigration paperwork, procedures, and reporting methods. This electronic system requires that students take great care in maintaining their status.

The following is not a complete list of requirements and responsibilities, but does provide valuable information for International Students.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Enroll in and FINISH each academic term as a full-time student (12 credits). Students must maintain full-time enrollment in the fall and spring semesters. Summer semesters are optional for International Students unless the summer semester is your FIRST semester with the Community College of Aurora.
  2. Obtain ADVANCE authorization from the International Advisor in the Advising Center to have a reduced course load (permissible for only one semester during your entire program at CCA for a valid academic reason, and up to 12 months for a medical reason). See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
  3. Notify the International Advisor in the Advising Center within 10 days of an address or telephone number change--ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) does not allow the use of a P.O. Box as the primary address.
  4. Notify the International Advisor in the Advising Center AND the Admissions Office within 10 days of a name change—requires documentation such as marriage license, court documents, etc.
  5. Do not engage in any unauthorized employment.

Community College of Aurora Responsibilities

Working on behalf of the College, the International Students Advisor must:

  1. Report to SEVIS each academic term whether a student is registered full-time, part-time, or not enrolled;
  2. Report each term the current address of every enrolled student;
  3. Report any action that is considered cause for termination of your I-20. This list of actions includes but is not limited to: Change of Status, Suspension, Expulsion, Failure to Enroll, Unauthorized Drop Below Full Course of Study, Unauthorized Withdrawal, and Unauthorized Employment.
  4. Report the start date of the next academic term for each student.
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