Current International Students can use this page as a resource for guiding them through normal office practices and information. If you have a more complex question regarding your immigration status or need additional support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-254-4110.
Under U.S. federal immigration law, all F1 and J1 status holders are required to register and complete full-time studies each semester during the student's academic career. Fairfield University considers full-time registration for undergraduate students to be 12 credits, and 9 credits for graduate students. However, a student may be authorized for a reduced course load in certain extraordinary circumstances. These are:
In order to file for a Reduced Course-Load (RCL) you have to complete the Reduced Course-Load application and attach all evidential documentation as required by the Office of International Student Life.
Special Notes and Limitations
If for any reason there are questions that the Office of International Student Life is not able to answer, or you are seeking to change your status from F-1, we recommend that you consult an immigration attorney. Please keep in mind that not all who claim to be immigration attorneys are certified and entitled to advise you. Fraud is very common in this field. Make sure to check credentials and references from the immigration lawyer you are seeking to work with.
While Fairfield University is unable to make specific recommendations on the choice of an attorney, we recommend visiting the lawyer locater service of the American Immigration Law Association (AILA) to find attorneys in the region who are AILA members and who practice in the field of immigration law. The link for the locator service is http://www.ailalawyer.com/.
These attorneys are neither approved nor endorsed by Fairfield University.