Student Code of Conduct

Nonimmigrant students who enter the U.S. agree to maintain their nonimmigrant status by understanding and following the terms and conditions of their F-1 nonimmigrant status and by providing their DSO with timely information needed to maintain their SEVIS record.

Responsibilities of Nonimmigrant F-1 students under SEVIS to maintain their status in the US:

What is SEVIS?

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based national database maintained by United States government to provide accurate and up-to-date information of F-1 nonimmigrants attending U.S. schools. BASIS Global International Student Program designated school official (DSO) is required by law to update each student's record on regular basis in SEVIS.


You have 30 days to enter the country before your official program start date, which is recorded in SEVIS. You must report to BASIS Global International Student Program by the program start date listed on your Form I-20 which you received from BASIS. If you do not follow this rule, you are not maintaining your status. "Maintaining status" is extremely important for an F-1 student. Maintaining status means that you are doing everything you are supposed to do to keep your records up-to-date in your SEVIS database. If you have received Form I-20 but are unable to come to the U.S. by the program start date, you MUST notify the BASIS Global International Student Program prior to the program startdate. It is essential you contact BASIS Global International Student Program so that we can accurately reflect this information in your SEVIS record.


During your studying in the U.S., you must maintian your F student status. Your F-1 visa will say that you are coming to the U.S. to study and therefore you should not consider any action that deviates from such purpose.

  • Enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before your program start date listed on your Form I-20
  • Immediately contact your designated school official (DSO) when you enter the U.S.
  • Attend and pass all your classes. If school is too difficult, you must speak with your DSO immediately
  • Report address changes to your DSO within 10 days of the change
  • Report any change in sources of financial support to your DSO
  • Report any changes in program of study to your DSO
  • Notify your DSO prior to traveling outside the U.S.
  • Notify your DSO upon applying for change of nonimmigrant status
  • Notify your DSO upon approval of an adjustment of status to an immigrant
  • If you believe that you will be unable to complete your program by the end date listed on your Form I-20, talk with your DSO about requesting a possible program extension
  • You must take a full course of study during your academic year
  • If you cannot study full-time, you must contact your DSO immediately
  • Do not drop a class without speaking first with your DSO
  • Do not work (An F student may work only when authorized)
  • Upon program completion, take action to maintain legal status after completing your program of study

You have 60 days after completion of your program (the program end date on your Form I-20) to leave the U.S.

Please visit for complete information about maintaining your status while in the U.S.


Upon completing their program of study at a BASIS.ed managed school, international students may want to inquire about transferring to another school. All international students can only attend a public high school for the maximum of 12 months, and this time limit includes all public school an international student attends in the U.S. It is not possible to spend one year at one public school and then transfer to another public high school. Therefore, transfer from a BASIS.ed managed school must only be to a private, SEVP-certified U.S. high school.