International student athletes at U.S. schools need to follow certain regulations. Read more. While campus athletics are a great way to get involved and meet new friends, it is important to remember that your primary reason for coming to the United States is to study. You must always maintain your status. If you decide to play a sport in the United States, remember these top “plays” to maintain your status:
- Only study at a school that is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
- Enter the United States no more than 30 days before the program start date on your Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
- Enroll in a full course of study each term or session.
- Make normal academic progress toward completing your program. To do that, you must attend and pass your classes. Talk to your designated school official first if you are having trouble in class.
This post was provided by Study in the States, a blog sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The featured photograph for this article is Christopher Francis from Jamaica playing for the football (soccer) team at Kalamazoo College. Read more by clicking here.