F-1 students are nonimmigrants pursuing a full course of study toward a specific educational or professional objective at an academic institution in the U.S., as designated by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Things You Need to Know About F-1 Status
The links below will direct you to important detailed information about what you will need to know to maintain your F-1 status for the duration of your studies at Temple University. Information includes answers to many frequently asked questions, such as, "How many classes do I need to take each semester to maintain my status?", or, "I have been offered a part-time job, is it legal for me to work in the U.S.?". It is highly recommended you read through this information to best prepare you to maintain your status and avoid unnecessary issues related to your immigration status for the duration of your studies.
The links below provide additional information about frequent topics of interest not directly related to student immigration status. You will need to apply for a driver's license in the U.S. if you wish to drive here, there is also information at this link on how to apply for a state ID card (a form of ID you can use on a daily basis that isn't your passport). You will need to apply for a social security number if you have been offered employment in the U.S. Many students also ask about invitation letters for their family/friends that want to visit them in the U.S., although our office does not provide these letters, there is information at the link that is useful about invitation letter requests.