The following information is intended to inform our international students of their immigration status and regulations, as well as federal and college policies and procedures. Well-intending friends, relatives, and fellow students may offer you advice about your immigration status and visa rules, but before making any decision to change your course of study, drop a class, travel outside the United States, accept employment, or transfer to another institution, we recommend you seek advice from your Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) Kelly Hogencamp or Designated School Official (DSO) Marge Kligerman in the Office of the Registrar.
As the F-1 visa holder, it is ultimately your responsibility to know and abide by the regulations. Please review this information frequently, and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
F-1 Rules and Regulations
First-year students will read, sign, and submit these guideline forms; keep a copy handy for your records.
Returning students should reacquaint themselves with this information on a regular basis.
- Maintaining F-1 Visa Status
- Responsibilities and Reporting Requirements
- Reporting of Address Changes
Throughout the course of your attendance at Scripps, you will be asked to complete and submit the following forms. You will receive an email from your DSO; please abide by posted deadlines for submission.
- International Student Contact/Information Form
- Winter Break Plans Form
- Summer Plans and Information Form
There are strict rules defining when off-campus employment is permitted for a student in F-1 status. Read the CPT and OPT regulations carefully, and contact your DSO about the application process.
- On-Campus Employment
- Sample Employer Job Offer Letter
- Curricular Practical Training Guidelines and Information
- Optional Practical Training Guidelines and Information
- OPT Agreement Form
- Sample Cover Letter