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NOTE: International Student & Scholar Services should be your primary point of contact for any issues or questions related to student visas at DePaul. They have experts on staff who are available to assist you, as well as a wide variety of helpful resources.
Ensure that the university has your current contact information
Maintain valid personal documents (Passport, I-20, I-94)
Maintain a full-time course load during the academic year
Do not work for the university or any other individual or organization without proper authorization
Follow all applicable rules if you decide to transfer to another institution
File the proper U.S. tax forms every year, even when you have not worked in the U.S.
For more information, please review the Maintaining F-1 Status Handout prepared by ISS, and contact ISS to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Foreign nationals in student visa status have the same rights as American citizens when interacting with the police or other law enforcement, such as the right to remain silent and the right to have a lawyer represent them.
To learn more, please review the Know Your Rights informational resource (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Haitian Creole, and Punjabi).
TN Status or a TN visa is a unique benefit available to foreign employees who are citizens of Canada and Mexico that is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. TN status is a non-immigrant status, meaning that an individual in TN status cannot apply for lawful permanent residency or citizenship. It is most appropriate for an employee who does not intend to stay and work in the US permanently.
Lawful Permanent Residence is a status that permits a foreign national to permanently live and work anywhere in the United States, without restriction.
There are various paths to lawful permanent resident status, including sponsorship by a spouse, a family member, or by an employer.
The Monarch Butterfly Scholarship. DePaul University Student Government Association in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Success presents a scholarship opportunity for returning FAFSA-ineligible, immigrant, undergraduate students. Student selections will be based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service.
At DePaul University we affirm the dignity of the individual. We value diversity and culture because these are part of our core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. DePaul University has decided to take a strong and public stand for supporting undocumented students, and DREAM Act legislation. We believe supporting undocumented students is smart policy that will yield significant benefits for our university, city, state, and nation. We also know these young people who enter our doors are part of the next great generation who will build our collective future. It is for this reason that DePaul admits students regardless of their citizenship status. Because we welcome these students, it is incumbent upon all members of the DePaul community to understand DePaul’s position on assisting undocumented students, realize the value that they bring to our university, and support their success as we support all of our students.
This statement appears in the University Catalog and is publicly available here.
Justice for Our Neighbors
For a longer list of Organizations, please visit ICIRR's Immigration Services Directory