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Mandatory Reporting at the ISSO (F-1 Students)

Requirements of the ISSO
It is the responsibility of the ISSO to keep complete and accurate records on the following information for each F-1 student and provide it to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) upon its request:
    1. Name.
    2. Date and place of birth.
    3. Country of citizenship.
    4. Address where you and any dependents physically reside while in the U.S. (cannot be a P.O. box). If mail cannot be received at the physical address, then a mailing address must also be provided.
    5. Academic status (e.g. full-time or part-time, suspended, withdrawn, etc.).
    6. Date of commencement of studies.
    7. Degree program and field of study.
    8. Whether the student has been certified for practical training, and the beginning and end dates of certification.
    9. Termination date and reason, if known.
    10. The financial documents and other support documents used to issue the student’s Form I-20.
    11. The number of credits completed each semester.
    12. A photocopy of the student's I-20 ID Copy, as well as copies of your passport and I-94 Departure Record.

Requirements of F-1 Students

Report to the ISSO with your I-20, passport and I-94 card:

  1. Upon initial arrival to the Boston University campus from abroad to begin a new program of study.
  2. Upon initial arrival to the Boston University campus to transfer from another U.S. school.
  3. If you plan to register part-time or withdraw from courses to part-time study, even if for medical reasons.
  4. Before you interrupt a program of study at the University, whether due to a temporary leave of absence, suspension or permanent withdrawal.
  5. Upon returning to Boston University after a leave of absence or suspension.
  6. If there are errors in your legal name, date of birth, country of citizenship, or country of birth as such information appears on your form I-20 or in your University record.
  7. At any such time there is a change to your or your dependent’s legal name (within 10 days), country of citizenship, program of study, or financial sponsorship as such information appears in your passport or on your form I-20.
  8. (Within 10 days) If there is a change to your or your dependent’s residential address during your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status while on an I-20 issued by Boston University, whether during your program of study or during Optional Practical Training after the completion of your program of study. If mail cannot be received at the new residential address, then a current mailing address must also be provided.

Failure to report such changes promptly to the ISSO could result in a violation of your F-1 status, and may even prevent you from remaining in the United States to complete your studies.


Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office