Maintaining Visa Status

Your visa status in the U.S. is ultimately a matter between yourself and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS expects you to learn and understand the requirements and benefits of your visa status, to meet those requirements and maintain status at all times while in the U.S. You also have the responsibility to inform the International Center at Cal Poly Pomona of any changes that might affect your relationship as a student here and your ability to or interest in maintaining visa status.

International Student Advisors are available at the International Center to help you understand your immigration responsibilities and apply for USCIS benefits. You are encouraged to meet with an Advisor in order to make informed decisions before you take any action that could result in the loss of your visa status.

If a student or scholar violates an immigration regulation, he or she will be out of visa status and may be ordered to leave the U.S. before completing the academic program. An International Student Advisor is your best resource for learning the regulations and how to comply with them. It is not advisable and extremely risky to rely on information from other international students or scholars.