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F-1 Visa Status Maintenance and Forms

**Please be sure to complete forms electronically for improved processing time.

Status Maintenance Information


Click here to be taken to the Graduate and International Student Services YouTube page where you can view all of our workshop presentations.

International Student Workshop #1 Powerpoint - Covers How to maintain F-1 Visa Status, Address Updates, Drivers License/State ID Requests, Social Security Letters, Travel Authorizations, Adding Dependents, and Change of Status.

Change of Address

Enrolled students and students participating in OPT must update their local address and phone number with our office within 10 days of changes.  Please submit the following form with updates:

Change of Address & Personal Information

Full Time Enrollment Letter

Students requiring a letter confirming full time enrollment status at the university may follow the following steps to obtain an enrollment certificate from the university.

  • Go to MyCentral - Click student services tab, UCM Student records-Enrollment Verification, Continue to Clearinghouse, Obtain an enrollment certificate, then Print. If you receive an error when following these steps please contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance.

Social Security Letter


Students who have received a job offer may apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).  Please fill out the following request form to receive a SSN letter from our office:


Social Security Letter Request

Please read the following instructions from the Social Security Office carefully:

Social Security Application Instructions

You will need to complete the following application and bring it, along with the SSN letter from our office, with you to the Social Security Office.

Social Security Number Application

Driver’s License Letter

Students may apply for a Driver’s license or non-driver’s state ID with the local DMV Office.  Please submit the following request form to receive a letter from our office in support of your Driver’s license application:

Drivers License/State ID Letter Request

Travel Signature Request

Students may travel out of the country during break periods, or in special circumstances for a short period of time during the semester.  Please submit the following form to receive a travel signature on your I-20.  If you are currently in the Warrensburg/Kansas City area, and you do not have another request pending with our office, please submit your current I-20 for a signature.

Travel I-20/DS-2019 Request Form

Please review the following travel tips document if you are traveling outside of the U.S.

Travel Tips

You may also click Here for a link to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website about Travel and Re-Entry for F1 visa holders.

Concurrent Enrollment

If you would like to enroll part time at another university in the U.S. while pursuing your degree here at UCM, you will need to complete the following request form for approval:

Concurrent Enrollment

Reduced Course Load Request

If you will not maintain full-time enrollment: 9 credit hours for graduate students, and 12 credit hours for undergraduate students, and you have a valid reason for under enrolling, please submit the following request form before the start of the semester, or at the time of the enrollment change. Please notice that your I-20 program end date will be shortened if you apply for a reduced course load in your final semester.

Exception To A Full Course Load

I-20 Program Extension Request

If your I-20 program end date is nearing, and you will not be completing your program in the current semester as expected, please submit the following I-20 program extension request form at least one month before your I-20 end date.

Program Extension Request

Transfer out Request

If you would like to transfer out to another university, please submit the following request form:

Transfer Out Request

Lost I-20 - Reprint Request

If you have misplaced your current I-20 and you are requiring a reprint of your I-20 document, please submit the following request:

Replacement of Lost I-20

Change of Status Process

Students may apply to change visa status from F2, H4, etc. status to F1 status.  Please review the following guide and collect all documents listed. You will then need to request an appointment with an International Student Advisor to review the documents and begin the process to receive an I-20.  You may contact ISSS@ucmo.edu to request an appointment.

Change of Status To F-1 Guide


Employment Requests:


Curricular Practical Training (CPT)


Students may apply for an internship program within their degree field while they are still working to complete their degree. Students must enroll in an internship course, and they must have a job offer to apply for CPT.


Please review the following PowerPoint for more information about CPT.


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop #3 with Powerpoint- Covers what is CPT, Eligibility requirements, Valid internships, How to apply, Application timeline, Full-time enrollment, Ending/changing CPT employment, Travel on CPT, CPT/OPT differences, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please complete the following application to apply for CPT.  After the application is submitted, we will need to receive approval from the academic department along with a scanned offer letter to ISSS@ucmo.edu to process the request.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application

Students may apply for a change of employer on CPT if they have a valid academic reason for the change.  Please submit the following form to request to change employers.

Change of Employer during Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

12 Month Optional Practical Training (OPT)


Students may apply for work authorization with USCIS for after they graduate. Students are not required to have a job offer to apply for OPT.  Students will require an updated I-20 from our office to apply for OPT work authorization with USCIS.


Please review the following PowerPoint for more information about OPT.


12 Month Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop #2 Powerpoint - Covers what OPT is, Eligibility requirements, How to apply, Travel outside the US, I-797 Receipt Notice, EAD Cards, Program End Date, Unemployment Limits, Job Reporting, End of 12 month OPT, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please complete the following application to receive an OPT I-20 to send to USCIS with your application.

12 Month Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application

Please use this link to complete the required 12 month OPT quiz after you have reviewed the PowerPoint and completed the 12 Month OPT Application: OPT Quiz

Please reiew the following mailing instructions before sending your application to USCIS.

12 Month OPT Mailing Instructions

You will need to complete the following forms to send to USCIS with your application:

I-765 Form (Link to www.uscis.gov) USCIS Form for requesting OPT work authorization

G-1145 Form (Link to www.uscis.gov) USCIS Form for personal contact details to submit in addition to I-765

If you have a pending application with USCIS and you are moving to a new address during that time please click here to fill out the USCIS change of address form.

12 Month Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employer Reporting


Students approved for 12 month OPT are required to update employer details within 10 business days each time that they begin working for an employer.  This includes the first employer, even if it is the same employer from previous CPT approval.  Please complete the following form to update 12 Month OPT employment details.


New/Change of employer during Post-Completion 12 Month OPT


24 Month OPT STEM Extension


Students participating in OPT in STEM fields may apply for a 24 month OPT STEM extension if they have a job offer and a completed form I-983.


Please complete the following application to receive an 24 month OPT STEM extension I-20 to send to USCIS with your application.

STEM OPT Extension Request

You will need to submit the following completed I-983 training plan to ISSS@ucmo.edu, in addition to the request form.
I-983 Form and Training Plan (Link to DHS.gov)

Please find instructions for completing the I-983 form here:
Form I-983 Student Answers
The following link is a great interactive resource for students and employers to use when completing the form I-983. Link will open is Firefox is used as the web browser:
STEM OPT Form Training

Please notice that you must have a bona fide employer/employee relationship to be eligible for a 24 month OPT STEM extension.  Please review the following document for more information about the employer requirements.

Bona Fide Employer-Employee Relationship

Please review the following mailing instructions before sending your application to USCIS

STEM OPT Mailing Instructions (Updated as of 12/20/16)

You will need to complete the following forms to send to USCIS with your application:

I-765 Form (Link to www.uscis.gov) USCIS Form for requesting OPT work authorization

G-1145 Form (Link to www.uscis.gov) USCIS Form for personal contact details to submit in addition to I-765

If you have a pending application with USCIS and you are moving to a new address during that time please click here to fill out the USCIS change of address form.

24 Month OPT STEM Employer Reporting


Students approved for 24 month OPT are required to update employer details within 10 business days each time that they begin working for a new employer.  Please complete the following form and submit a new form I-983 to update 24 Month OPT STEM employment details.


New/Change of Employer during OPT/ 24 Month STEM Extension