Links to Regulations and Guidance

Welcome to the Beyond the Basics of F-1 Student Advising e-Learning course resource page. On this page, you will find all of the web resources referenced in the course, along with additional resources, and important updates.

Below is a list of helpful links to regulations and guidance related to F-1 Student advising. Throughout this NAFSA e-Learning course, you will be instructed to access these links for more information on a particular regulation or piece of guidance. Some links will take you directly to the NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360. Please be sure to log into your "MyNAFSA" account to access this information. Please be sure to log into the NAFSA website. You will have access to the Adviser's Manual throughout the course; afterwards, you will have access only if you maintain a valid Adviser's Manual license. If you are a NAFSA member, you will have access to IssueNet's Get Liaison Help function for the duration of your NAFSA membership. Finally, access to IssueNet's Report an Issue function is always available to both members and nonmembers who are logged in to the NAFSA website.

Module 2 - Foundations for Advising Policies


Regulatory Compliance

Sources of Authority  

Module 3 - Ins and Outs of Transfers


School Transfer Road Blocks and SEVIS Transfer Release  

Module 4 - Weighing Change of Status Options


Change of Status Options USCIS Processing Times Visa Applications and Security Clearances Documents Needed for Change of Status Documents for Applying for an F-1 Visa Common Change of Status Scenarios  

Module 5 - Advising Out-of-Status Students


Applying for Reinstatement Reinstatement Denials Student Activities While Reinstatement is Pending Knowledge Check  

Module 6 - Complex Travel and Re-Entry Issues


Requirements for Travel and Re-entry Visa Application Process Visa Delays and Denials Automatic Revalidation of Visas I-515A Procedures and Correcting I-94s  

Module 7 - On-Campus Employment and CPT


Off-Campus Employment Helping Your Students Apply for a Social Security Number Common On-Campus Employment Questions  

Module 8 - OPT


Key Questions Regarding Pre- and Post-Completion OPT OPT and the 90-day Limit on Unemployment Interpretation of Regulations and Implementation of Policies STEM Extension of OPT

Cap-Gap Extension


Module 9 - Bringing it all Together