Being in F-1 status means that your primary purpose for being in the U.S. is to study. Most international students at SBU are in this status. F-1 students will receive a Stony Brook issued Form I-20 once we receive the required admission, biographical, and financial documentation.
To be eligible for F-1 status, you must be admitted to or enrolled in a full-time degree or non-degree program, and provide sufficient financial support which meets or exceeds the first year's estimated educational and living expenses for your degree program.
As a student in F-1 status, you are admitted to the U.S. for “D/S” (duration of status). This allows you to stay until the program end date reflected on your Form I-20 as long as you enroll in and complete a full course of study each required term, maintain legal status, and have a SEVIS record in good standing.
At the end of your program of study, F-1 status permits a 60-day grace period for you to prepare for departure from the US.
As an international student in F-1 status you are eligible for on-campus employment and approved off-campus employment related to your major field of study, known as “practical training." Qualifying family members may be eligible for F-2 dependent status.