Many F-1 students decide to pursue another degree program at Mason. If you are completing your current degree or finishing your authorized Optional Practical Training (OPT) and are admitted to a new degree program at George Mason University, Admissions will request documents to process a new I-20. This I-20 is referred to as a Change of Level I-20.
STEP 3: Check in with OIPS
In addition to getting a Change of Level I-20, you are REQUIRED to check in with OIPS by completing the online International Student Check-in form. To get started, go to: http://oips.gmu.edu/international-student-check-in-form/
If you fail to check in with OIPS, you will be out of status. This means you will not be allowed to continue working on campus and you will lose your eligibility for all other benefits of your F-1 non-immigrant status.
Step 4: Complete “Rules, Rules, Rules!”
The online orientation is called "Rules, Rules, Rules!" It educates students about important rules and regulations (immigration compliance, the Mason Honor Code and the Code of Student Conduct). All new international students in F-1 status and all current international students in F-1 status who pursue a new degree are REQUIRED to complete the online orientation. The quiz will open on Friday, February 8 and the deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019. A hold will be put on the account of students who fail to complete the online orientation.
- The module "Rules, Rules, Rules!" educates students about important rules and regulations (required)
- The module "Navigating US Healthcare" educations students about health care in the US and the clinic at Mason (required)
OIPS uses the Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard:
- Go to http://mymason.gmu.edu
- Enter your username/password (same as your Patriot Pass)
- Click on "Courses" (top menu on the right)
- Select the course "International Student Launchpad"
Student starting in Fall will receive an email with instructions in September and students starting in Spring will receive an email with instructions in February.