Spring 2023 Reminders for Continuing International Students

Registration periods table
Registration periods
Registration-by-Appointment. Maximum load: 17 units* From your registration appointment through December 12, 2022
Nonrestrictive Registration. Maximum load: 17 units*

Wait listing is available. See the guide, Wait List for Closed Classes.
December 13 , 2022 - January 22, 2023 (No appointment needed)
*Registration for repeating courses is permitted beginning Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Late Registration Period Monday, January 23, 2023 - Friday, February 17, 2023
Early Registration begins* Tuesday, November 01, 2022

********************UDWPE REMINDER********************

Due to COVID-19, the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam is temporarily suspended. Learn more at UDWPE.

Registration Holds
Foreign "F" Hold: IESC will start to review your proof of health insurance in October 2022. Your "F" hold will be removed automatically if you have all of the following.

  • Health, repatriation and evacuation insurance valid until at least May 25, 2023.
  • You are either enrolled full-time for fall 2022 or have submitted proof of concurrent enrollment or were approved for part-time status for fall 2022.
  • You have emailed your proof of health insurance with your name and CSUN ID number in subject line.
  • Your I-20 is valid to cover at least the spring semester 2023. You are required to extend your I-20 (if necessary) before your foreign hold will be removed. Please note that effective Fall 2021, the requirement for emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage will change to Emergency evacuation coverage of at least $50,000.00 (USD) and Repatriation coverage of at least $25,000.00 (USD) (also required by the U.S. Department of State). Please plan ahead and contact your health insurance provider and ensure that your policy will meet this requirement starting from Fall 2021. Make sure to visit the Health Insurance Requirement page for up-to-date information.

Other Registration Holds: Review your myNorthridge Portal for information on other registration holds. Get all holds removed prior to your assigned registration appointment. Do not wait until your assigned appointment date to get registration holds removed. Allow plenty of time for campus departments to process your requests.
Learn how to view your holds in the myNorthridge Portal.

Registering for Classes

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation/Certification. In order to return to campus, you must complete your COVID-Vaccine Attestation/Certification. You will not be able to register in classes for spring semester until you complete this process. If you have not already completed this process, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation/Certification page now for step-by-step instructions on completing the process to avoid a hold in your spring enrollment, which is opening soon.
  • Classes fill-up quickly. Class registration begins on November 01, 2022. You will receive an assigned registration appointment date. Learn how to view your registration appointment in the CSUN Portal. Enroll in classes on the day of your assigned registration appointment for the best selection of classes. Learn how to add classes.
  • The add/drop deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023. You must be enrolled in full-time units by this date. Remember that IESC must report your enrollment information to the Department of Homeland Security each semester. Meet with a foreign student advisor no later than the first week of classes if you have not been able to enroll in full-time units.
  • Full-Time Enrollment Requirement: Undergraduate students (bachelor's and second bachelor's) must enroll in at least 12 units every semester. Graduate students must enroll in at least eight units every semester. Part-time status is only authorized for special extenuating circumstances that fall within USCIS regulations. Before you drop below the full-time requirement, you are required to meet with a FSA to discuss your class schedule and the circumstances in detail. Do not drop any classes until the FSA has authorized you to do so.
  • Online Course Limitation:
    1. Continuing students enrolled Spring 2020 and prior: Per 2022-23 SEVP guidance released on May 31, 2022, F-1 students actively enrolled in Spring 2020 or prior are permitted to enroll in fully online classes or in any available course format offered for spring 2023 and remain in the U.S. Your F1 student status and your SEVIS record will be kept ACTIVE while you attend to your courses during the spring 2023 and while the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place.
    2. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after: If you became an actively enrolled F-1 student in Fall 2020 or after, you may enroll in multiple online/hybrid courses but you may not show a FULLY online course schedule for spring 2023 term and on.
  • Concurrent Enrollment: Students may choose to enroll in classes at another school while they are also enrolled at CSUN. Your SEVIS record would remain at CSUN even though you are enrolled concurrently at another school. If you choose to enroll concurrently at another school, you must do the following by the add/drop deadline.
    • Enroll in a minimum of six units at CSUN if you are an undergraduate student and in a minimum of four units at CSUN if you are a graduate student.
    • Submit the completed Concurrent Enrollment Online Request Form for spring 2023 to the IESC for permission to take classes concurrently at the other school.
    • After you have enrolled at the other school, submit proof of concurrent enrollment to the IESC within one week of receiving your electronic copy of the Concurrent Enrollment Authorization.

These requirements are in compliance with Department of Homeland Security regulations and cannot be changed under any circumstances.

Registration and Tuition Fee Payment
Payment information is available at the University Cash Services Office, Payment Schedule and Deadlines and How to pay your fees links. Note that students who fail to meet the payment deadline will automatically be dropped from their classes, which may affect their F-1 status.

Travel Signature and Visa Renewal

  • Valid Travel Signature: If you are planning on travelling outside the U.S., make sure you have a valid travel signature for your re-entry to the U.S. Submit the Request for Travel Signature form along with your CSUN I-20 to the IESC. Each travel signature is valid for one year from the date it was signed.
  • Visa Renewal: If you are travelling outside the U.S. and need to renew your F-1 visa, you must request a travel signature. You are responsible for preparing all other documents required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. For more information, please visit Visa Application.

Working in the U.S.

  • On-campus employment
    F1 students are authorized to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, and full-time during summer and winter vacations. Please meet with a foreign student advisor to get the Verification of International Student Status form completed.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    Are you graduating this semester? Do you want work experience in your field of study after you graduate? Please meet with a Foreign Student Advisor.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    Do you have a paid internship off-campus offer? Make sure you request the CPT Authorization from a foreign student advisor at the IESC before you begin the internship.

Personal and Emergency Contact Information
To be in compliance with U.S. Immigration Regulations, it is extremely important that the university has current contact information for all international students at all times. Failure to update your personal information with the university will put your immigration status in jeopardy. Need to update your contact information? If you have changed your address, telephone number, email or emergency contact information, simply update the CSUN web portal (SOLAR), and IESC will take care of the rest! Learn more about how to update your personal information in the Portal.