Forms & Guides for F-1 Students

This page provides links to guides & forms for students in F-1 status

Please submit any ISPO forms and supplemental documents by choosing ONE of the options below:

iPortal Launch on October 1, 2018 for Current Student Requests:

Effective October 1, 2018 at approximately 9:00AM, international students will be able to submit F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Reduced Course Load, Travel Signature, ISPO Support Letter Requests, and Termination of Status requests via the iPortal. To access the iPortal starting from October 1, 2018, visit the relevant pages on the ISPO website for each type of request.



Maintaining Status

Returning to UCSD

Additional Information


Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Additional Requests

Student Request Processing Times

Please note that it takes time to process the many requests that ISPO receives from students on a daily basis. Be sure to plan ahead and gather all the forms that might be necessary for your request so that our advisors can process these in a timely manner. 

ISPO's standard processing times for student requests are as follows:

* business days = Monday through Friday. Weekends are not counted as processing days.

**Please note that processing times may be longer during academic deadlines or peak travel times.

Request Processing Time Documents Required
Change of Status to F-1 or J-1 10 business days*

See Change of Status Guide(see "Forms & Guides for non F/J Students")

Completion of Program / Status 5 business days See requirements onProgram / Status Completion Form
Concurrent Enrollment 5 business days See Concurrent Enrollment Guide
DS-2019 Request: Add Dependent 10 business days See DS-2019 Request Form
DS-2019 Request: Extension  10 business days See Program Extension Guide
DS-2019 Request:  New DS-2019 or Program Level Change 10 business days Request through the iPortal
DS-2019 Request: Replacement (lost or damaged) 5 business days See DS-2019 Request Form
F-1 CPT Application 10 business days CPT Application packet. See Curricular Practical Training Guide.
F-1 Cap-Gap Application or Emloyment Verification/EAD Card 5 business days See Cap-Gap Extension Guide
F-1 Economic Hardship Application 10 business days Please meet with an international student advisor
F-1 OPT Application 10 business days OPT Application packet. See Optional Practical Training Guide.
F-1 STEM OPT Application 10 business days See STEM Extension OPT Guide
I-20 Request: Add Dependent 5 business days See I-20 Request Form
I-20 Request: Extension 10 business days See Program Extension Guide
I-20 Request: New or Transfer in I-20 (new student, or continuing student change of status; program level change, return from leave of absence) 10 business days Varies depending on reason for new I-20. See I-20 Request Form.NOTE: New incoming students to UCSD must request initial or transfer I-20 through theiPortal.
I-20 Request: Name/Major/Funding Changes OR Replacement (lost or damaged) 5 business days See I-20 Request Form
I-515A (F-1 student) 5 business days I-515A letter; copy of original I-515A documents
I-515A (J-1 student) 5 business days I-515A letter; copy of original I-515A documents
J-1 Academic Training Application 10 business days Academic Training Application packet. See Academic Training Guide.
Leave of Absence/Withdrawal 5 business days See Leave of Absence Guide or Withdrawal from Program of Study Guide
Letter Request (Employment Authorization (J-1); Graduation invitation; EAP verification; Social Security verification; other) 5 business days Varies depending on reason for letter. See Letter Request Form.
Reduced Course Load Request 5 business days See Reduced Course Load Guide.
Reinstatement of Status (F-1 students) 10 business days Student should speak to an international student advisor. See Reinstatement Guide.
Transfer IN 10 business days Application packet (continuing students); See I-20 Request Form.
Transfer OUT (SEVIS record release) 5 business days See Transfer Out Guide
Travel Signature (F-1 Student) 3 business days Original I-20 form
Travel Signature (J-1 Student) 3 business days Original DS-2019 form