With the Q-Drop deadline approaching, ISS would like to remind academic advisors that international students on F-1 and J-1 visas must be in full-time status at all times, or have received a Reduced Course Load (RCL) approval through ISS before Q-dropping.
As per Federal Regulations, dropping below hours without prior ISS approval will result in loss of immigration status. Students out of status may have to stop on-campus employment immediately and will not qualify for other immigration benefits such as off campus employment. It may take months for students to get back in status.
Full-time course loads are (Fall and Spring semesters):
Undergraduate: 12 credits
Graduate: 9 credits
Please encourage your international students to verify with ISS before processing their Q-drop requests.
RCL guidelines and forms are available online at: http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students
If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org (Phone: 5-1824).
International Student Services