Passport Must be valid for AT LEAST 6 months into the future to remain in legal status in the U.S.
Help! My VISA Has Expired! Don’t worry! It is OK to stay in the U.S. if BOTH of these documents are valid: Passport I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
Social Security Number (SSN) To be eligible, you must have a paid job (on-campus or off-campus) Must be in the U.S. for at least 10 business days to apply Are you Eligible? SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:00am – 1:00pm Global Union Lounge, Coxe Hall 2 nd floor
OFF CAMPUS employment Must be related to field of Study NOT PERMITTED without proper authorization (CPT or OPT) When school is in session you CANNOT work more than 20 hours per week During semester breaks (summer, winter, spring, and pacing breaks) and holidays (Thanksgiving), working 20 hours or more per week is allowed
ON CAMPUS employment Can obtain any job on Lehigh’s campus (bookstore, library, etc.) When school is in session you CANNOT work more than 20 hours per week, including assistantships During semester breaks, working 20 hours or more per week is allowed
Driving in Pennsylvania Can drive in PA for up to one year with: A valid foreign driver’s license; and An international driving permit OR Must apply for Pennsylvania Driver’s License Attend the Driver’s License Workshop Monday, September 17, 2012 4:00pm – 4:45pm Global Union Lounge, Coxe Hall
Reporting to ISS If you change any of the following… ADDRESS MAJOR COLLEGE DEGREE FUNDING SOURCE …inform ISS within 10 days of the change. ISS is obligated to update your SEVIS record within 21 days of receiving your change notification.
Travel Abroad and Reentry into the US 1-20 (F1) or DS-2019 (J1) must be signed by ISS before leaving the U.S. Travel signature is only valid for one year
I-20/DS-2019 Extension If I need more time to graduate Apply for an extension before the program end date
Maintain Full Time Status Students must be registered full time (graduate:9 credits/semester; undergraduates: 12 credits/semester) to stay in legal status in the USA Exceptions: Must check with ISS before dropping below full time Illness or Medical Condition Initial Difficulty with English Language Initial Difficulty with Reading Requirements Unfamiliarity with American Teaching Methods Improper Course Level Placement Last Semester of Program
How far into the future must my passport be valid to remain in legal status? 1. 1 year 2. 6 months 3. 3 months 4. My status is good until the exact expiration date on my passport
If my visa expires, it’s OK as long as these documents are valid: 1. Passport and 1-20 or DS-2019 2. Passport and Driver’s License 3. Passport and Lehigh ID 4. It’s not OK. My visa must never expire.
To apply for a SSN, I must… 1. Have unpaid volunteer work/internship 2. Be a full time student 3. Have paid work/employment 4. Have a US bank account
Before working off-campus I have to… 1. Do nothing 2. Apply for CPT or OPT 3. Find a job 4. Buy a car
To drive in Pennsylvania AFTER my first year I need a… 1. Lehigh ID 2. PA Driver’s License 3. International Driving Permit 4. Home Country Driver’s License
To work on-campus I must… 1. First ask my advisor 2. Make sure the job fits my field of study 3. Work only 20 hours a week during the semester 4. First ask my parents
I must notify ISS within 10 days when I change my… 1. Address 2. Funding Source 3. Major 4. Degree 5. College 6. All of the above
My Visa is valid. Before traveling abroad for vacation, I must first go to ISS to… 1. Obtain a letter that states I am a full time student at Lehigh 2. Have my I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel if it hasn’t been signed within the last year 3. Say goodbye to Bonnie 4. Do nothing. I can leave the US and return as long as my visa is valid.
If I need more time to finish my program, I can always extend my I-20/DS-2019 after the original program end date. 1. True 2. False
To maintain immigration status, a full- time student means at least… 1. 12 credits per semester for G and 9 credits per semester for UG 2. 9 credits per semester for G and 12 credits per UG 3. 9 credits per semester for both G and UG
Questions? Stop by ISS Anytime… Gisela Nansteel firstname.lastname@example.org Jeanne Tan Ma email@example.com Bonnie Beidleman firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas Janis email@example.com Coxe Hall, 32 Sayre Drive 610-758-4859 -- firstname.lastname@example.org Gang Wang email@example.com Aftan Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org