I have completed the first year of a two-year graduate program of study, which I attended in F-1 student status. Unfortunately, I received two failing grades at the end of my second term …

… and have now been placed on academic probation during the upcoming term. Should I be concerned about my immigration status?


Students in F-1 status must be making normal progress toward completing the course of study. However, academic probation alone does not result in an automatic F-1 status violation. If the student is able to maintain a full course of study during the probationary period, s/he is considered to be maintaining status. However, if the student is required to take less than a full course load, this would put her/him in violation of the F-1 terms of status unless, s/he qualifies for one of the standard exceptions to the full course of study requirements. (12.Jan.2018)

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