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Current F-1 Students

Below is a list of Current F-1 Student forms that can be completed online.

If you have already started a specific online form, do not start a new one. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your online form.
  • Academic Reduced Course Load - Immigration regulations require F-1 students to maintain full-time enrollment each academic term. Students who need to drop below full-time must obtain prior approval from ISS. This form is only for academic reduced course loads. There is a separate form for medical reduced course load.
  • ​Cap Gap Extension I-20 Request - to request a new I-20 reflecting employment authorization extension if your employer has a pending H-1B petition to USCIS on your behalf.
  • Change of Education Level - Current F-1 students at the UW at a different level or on OPT recommended by ISS, and you receive admission to a new degree program at UW-Madison to resume studies, must complete this form.
  • Change of Financial Support - If your sponsor changes while you are studying at UW-Madison, you must submit new documentation to update your I-20.
  • Correction of Status - If you have failed to maintain lawful F-1 student immigration status, you must submit this form to possibly correct your F-1 record. Note: days of unlawful presence will begin to accrue from the date of status violation. Any student in violation of their status is required to meet with an ISS advisor.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - F-1 students requesting off-campus work authorization, related to their program of study, prior to graduation. Note: CPT cannot be backdated if submitted late to ISS.
  • Dependent Request - If you plan to add a spouse and/or dependent child (unmarried, under 21 years old) or if you wish to remove a dependent, after your initial I-20 has already been issued.
  • F-1 Transfer Out - If you plan to transfer to another U.S. school, ISS must first review your SEVIS record before granting access to the new school.
  • I-20 Reprint Request - If your current I-20 was lost or stolen, or if your current travel signature lines are full or your travel signature will be outdated by the time you intend to re-enter the U.S.
  • ITIN Letter - If you will receive a scholarship, fellowship, or grant from UW-Madison and will not be employed. New students and students returning with a new Initial Attendance I-20 must complete immigration check before an ITIN letter can be issued.
  • Leave of Absence - If you wish to take a temporary absence, you must submit related documentation to discuss its impact on your immigration status.
  • Medical Reduced Course Load -  Immigration regulations require F-1 students to maintain full-time enrollment each academic term. Students who need to drop below full-time for medical reasons must provide a letter signed by a U.S. medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist to obtain approval from ISS.
  • Off-Campus Employment - Severe Economic Hardship - F-1 students whose financial support suddenly changes and causes severe economic hardship, may be eligible to apply for off-campus employment after meeting with an international student advisor.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) - F-1 students requesting pre-completion or post-completion work authorization, related to their program of study, must complete this online application with required OPT workshop. Note: You will need to complete the OPT information modules (estimated time requirement: about 1 hour) before submitting this application.
    • OPT Employment Update - Once your OPT is approved with an EAD card, you are required to report all employer details directly to ISS within 10 days of a change of employment. You must also submit this separate record when requesting STEM OPT Extension.
  • Program Extension - If you will not complete your academic program by the program end date stated on the I-20, you must apply for an extension in advance. Note: only medical or academic are acceptable reasons per immigration regulations.
  • Return from Leave of Absence - ISS will create a new I-20 for you to return from a leave of absence if you are eligible to enroll for the semester of your return. If you are not eligible to enroll for the semester of your return, you must apply for readmission through either the Admissions Office or the Graduate School. Your admitting unit will create your new I-20 if you are readmitted.
  • Social Security Number (SSN) Letter - F-1 students who have a paid employment offer that begins within 30 days will need to request a letter to confirm their student immigration status before applying for a SSN at the Social Security Administration. 
  • ​STEM OPT Extension - F-1 students on OPT after earning a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (government approved STEM fields) can apply for 24 months of additional OPT if they have a job or job offer from an E-Verify employer and meet all other required criteria.
  • Report STEM OPT Participation - While on the STEM OPT extension, you must submit a "Validation Report" every 6 months starting from the date the OPT extension begins and ending when your F-1 status or the extension ends, whichever is first.