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Rule 1: Remain a Full-time Student
Rule 2: Keep Your Documents Valid
Rule 3: Report to DSO/RO Before Traveling Abroad
Rule 4: Keep Your Advisor Informed
Rule 5: Do Not Work Without Authorization
Rule 6: File Income Taxes
Maintaining Your Immigration Status

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RULE 1: Remain a Full-Time Student
This section discusses the required number of courses that international students must take each semester.
Rule 1: Remain a Full-time Student
RULE 2: Keep Your Documents Valid
Your I-20 or DS-2019 and your passport must remain valid during your stay in the U.S. If their expiration is approaching, you must renew them before they expire.
Rule 2: Keep Your Documents Valid
RULE 3: Report to DSO/RO Before Traveling Abroad
To avoid problems or unnecessary delays, you need to get a current signature from your international student advisor (DSO/RO) on your I-20 or DS-2019 before traveling.
RULE 3: Report to DSO/RO Before Traveling Abroad
RULE 4: Keep Your Advisor Informed
Notify your international student advisor (DSO/RO) if there are any changes to your personal information, if you plan to leave your college temporarily or permanently, or if any of your immigration documents are lost are stolen.
Rule 4: Keep Your Advisor Informed
RULE 5: Do Not Work Without Authorization
Working without permission is a serious violation of your immigration status.
Rule 5: Do Not Work Without Authorization
RULE 6: File Income Taxes
You will need to file federal income taxes for each year you earn income from U.S. sources.
Rule 6: File Income Taxes
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