Presentation on theme: "International Students’ Responsibilities"— Presentation transcript:
1 International Students’ Responsibilities Maintaining F-1 & J-1 visa status while you study at MTUInternational Students’ Responsibilities
2 What is “Student Status”? You were issued an immigration document when you were admitted to Michigan Tech.F-1 students are issued an I-20.J-1 students are issued a DS-2019.This document verifies your “student status.”
3 How do you maintain your visa status? Get familiar with the IPS web site.Keep critical information and documents up to date.Stay in good status as a student.Obtain required authorizations for work and travel.
5 How do you maintain your status? Keep critical information & documents up to date
6 You are required by Federal law to carry your I-94 card with you at all times. A copy will not do. You should also have two photo IDs with you.If you choose not to carry your passport at all times, we advise that you carry a copy of your current passport and visa with yourI-94. Your photo must be clear and visible.
7 Keep track of critical information on your I-20 Form
8 Keep track of critical information on your DS-2019 Form
9 Keep critical information up to date! Inform the IPS office if you …Shorten or extend your programChange your major or course of studyChange your academic levelWithdraw from Michigan TechAnd please, let us know about changes before they occur.
10 How Do You Maintain Your Status? Keep your passport up to date.Your passport must be valid at least 6 months into the future.You cannot stay in the U.S. with an expired passport.When you renew your passport, provide a copy of the new passport or renewal to IPS.
11 Expired visa? You may stay in the U.S. with an expired visa. If you travel outside the U.S. with an expired visa, you will need to renew it before you can return to the US.No one can guarantee that your visa will be renewed.
12 How Do You Maintain Your Status? Inform IPS any time you change your address.Report any change of address to the IPS officeReport changes within 10 days of your move.Report every change of local address, even if you move to another apartment in the same building.Report every change of address while on CPT/OPT or student exchange.
13 How Do You Maintain Your Status? Inform IPS any time you change your address.You must report your address changes using our web form:
15 How do you maintain Your Visa Status? Maintain your status as a student
16 How Do You Maintain Your Status? Enroll as a full-time studentRegister for courses each semester of the academic yearDo not drop below a full course load without prior approval from an IPS Advisor12 credits for undergraduate students9 credits for graduate students
17 How do you Maintain Your Status? Pay your bill by the deadlineAt the Cashier’s OfficeOnline by credit card (even if you’re out of the country)“Confirm” your enrollmentIf you pay your entire bill, this is automaticBUT… it’s a good practice to ALWAYS check to see if this has been doneGo to the Cashier’s window OR online to “confirm enrollment”
18 How Do You Maintain Your Status? Attend School… Register for, and attend classes, at the school that issued your SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019.
19 How Do You Maintain Your Status? Vacation?Summer is the standard vacation term.You are allowed one vacation term during each 12-month period. This does not have to be summer!If you want to take a non-standard vacation term, you MUST complete the appropriate IPS forms and consult with an IPS advisor.
20 How Do You Maintain Your Status? In order to maintain your VISA status, you must maintain your MTU student status. If you are suspended, you cannot register, and if you cannot register, you cannot stay in status for visa purposes.
21 In order to maintain your VISA status, you must maintain your MTU student status … Keep your GPA at or above 2.0 every semester.Know and abide by MTU regulations:Violating the rules about harassment, computer use, drug & alcohol use, academic integrity, health insurance, and bill payment deadlines can cause you to fall out of status.Know and abide by Michigan and US laws:Violating State and Federal rules can cause you to fall out of status.File an income tax return.Do not drive without a valid driver’s license.
23 How do you maintain your visa status? Obtain required authorizations for work & travel
24 If you obtain employment while you are in the US, you must apply for a Social Security Card. You may NOT apply before you have a job.You should NOT apply before you have reported for work.You may NOT apply until you have been in the US at least 10 days.
25 Warning!Having a Social Security card does not, in itself, mean that you may accept a job off-campus.
26 Know the rules that govern student on-campus employment. “On Campus” means Michigan Tech issues your pay check.Work hours are limited to part-time during the semester (no more than 20 hours per week no matter how many jobs you have).Full-time work (40 hours per week) is allowed during semester breaks, vacations, and summer.You may work full-time during the summer even if you’re registered for classes.
28 Do not work off-campus without employment authorization. To be employed legally off-campus, you must obtain IPS and/or USCIS authorization before any employment begins.Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships and co-opsOptional Practical Training (OPT) for employment after completion of your program and/or courseworkEconomic Hardship authorization for extreme financial emergencies
29 Traveling outside the US? Have your I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel by an IPS advisor before you leave the US.Follow the travel guidelines on the IPS website so that your re-entry to the US goes smoothly.Give IPS a copy of your new I-94 when you return.
30 The travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019… Date must be within 6 months of your return to the U.S.
31 When you return, provide IPS with a copy of your new I-94 When you return, provide IPS with a copy of your new I-94. We are required by Federal regulations to keep these numbers on file.
33 Tracking Your Status… SEVIS Your student status is tracked by a federally mandated monitoring and tracking system:Student and Exchange Visitor Information SystemSEVISYour Immigration Advisor will record progress to degree, term-by-term registration, off-campus employment, address changes, and other changes in your program through on-line access to the SEVIS system.
34 If a spouse and/or child is coming to join you … Notify the IPS of any F-2 or J-2 dependents who may join you while you study.Provide proof of financial support for dependentProvide biographical and immigration informationAn F-2 spouse is not eligible to work or study. Recreation or ESL activities only are allowed.
35 If a spouse and/or child is here with you … Note that J-2 dependents are required by law to have medical insurance while they are in the US.
36 HELP! Help! Help! Help! Help! This is our job… If you have any questions about maintaining your status while studying at Michigan Tech, or if you think you may be out of status, or if you just need to check to be sure, please visit the IPS Office and talk with an advisor. 131 Admin Bldg
37 Call the IPS office to schedule an appointment with an advisor – 906 In emergencies, contact Public Safety –Attend scheduled employment workshops.Use the IPS website …
39 A Most Important Request … Please read your MTU regularlyPlease read ALL from IPS staffjlpindra - Janey Pindraldlarmist – Donna Armisteademmurrel – Dr. Elizabeth Murrellgkgustaf – Greta Gustafsonmjsteven – Mary J. Stevensmjvogler – Dr. Marilyn Voglerips
40 International Students Responsibility Contract Please read this contract carefully. It is a legal contract.Ask questions if you do not understand any part of the contract.After your questions have been answered, sign and date the document.The gold copy will be collected; keep the tan sample copy for your records.