Welcome to ASU: Tips from the International Students and Scholars Center | Arizona State University
Welcome to Arizona and ASU. The International Students and Scholars Center is here to help you as you begin your journey as an international student studying at ASU. Our Tempe campus office is located in the Student Services building, room 170. Let’s talk about how to maintain your visa status. As an international student, you are here on either an F-1 or a J-1 student visa. F-1 visas are for students whose funds are provided by their family or personal means. F-1 students are issued an I-20 form. J-1 students are students whose funds are provided by their home government or U.S. entity. J-1 students are issued a DS-2019 form. Now that you are here, what do you need to do in order to maintain your visa status? There are three mandatory requirements that you need to take care of now. As soon as you arrive to ASU, you must check in to report your arrival to the U.S. with the International Students and Scholars Center, or ISSC, through My ASU. Have your I-20 or DS-2019 form, your visa, passport, and your I-94 card ready. You’ll also need to update your local and SEVIS address in My ASU. Your SEVIS address is your address in your home country. Your local address is your address in Arizona where you currently live. You are required to update these addresses within 10 days of moving. As an international student, you must maintain a full course of study at all times. This means that if you are an undergraduate student, you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. If you are a graduate student with a teaching or research assistantship, you must enroll in at least six credit hours unless your department requires more. All other graduate students must enroll in at least nine credit hours. As an international student, there are limits on how many online classes you can take. If you are a sponsored student, your sponsor may have additional enrollment requirements. For instance, some sponsors do not permit their students to enroll in online classes without prior permission. Check with your sponsor to see if they have any additional enrollment requirements. If you have any questions about class enrollment, please contact your academic advisor. Plan on being enrolled full time by the first day of classes. Let’s quickly review the items you need to take care of right now. First, check in to report your arrival to the U.S. with the ISSC with your immigration documents through My ASU. Update your address through My ASU. Enroll in classes full time. Remember, we are here to help you with any visa or immigration questions you may have so don’t hesitate to contact us.