IS YOUR I-94 Marked F-1(J-1) and D/S IF not see the ISO
Passport You can renew it if you go to your home country to visit or within the U.S by contacting your country’s embassy. The ISO can provide you with contact information for your country’s embassy in the U.S.
Visa Your Visa can expire while you are here and remain in legal status. A visa cannot be renewed within the U.S. The safest, most guaranteed way to renew your visa is in your home country.
Visa So, if your visa is expired and you wish to leave the country, you must get it renewed before you will be allowed to re-enter the U.S.
Visa It is very difficult to renew it by going to a third country where you are not a citizen (Ex. Canada.or Mexico)
I-20 Undergraduates are given 5 years to complete their degree Graduate students are given 3 years
I-20 If your I-20 expires before your expected graduation date you will need to request an extension. You must be in status and making satisfactory progress to get an extension. See an advisor in the ISO at least 30 days before it expires
I-20 Remember: you cannot take credits beyond the number required for your degree program.
I-20 – You need a New one When… You lose your I-20 You change majors You change from Bachelor’s to Master It is expiring
OTHER Important names INS = No longer exists New Agency Department of Homeland Security. INS divided into 3 departments 1) CBP = Custom and Border Protection (the people at the airport) 2) CIS = Citizenship and Immigration Service (They process benefits like OPT/green cards etc. 3 ICE = Imm. and Customs Enforcement (Investigative and arresting agents)
TRANSFER STUDENTS You must give the ISO a final transcript from your previous school so we know you maintained status at your previous school. (We don’t have to print a new I-20) You have 21 days to do this or you will be out of status.
Once you graduate, you have 60 days to do one of the following:
Receive admission and a new I-20 to pursue another degree Leave the U.S. or Change status Begin OPT that was applied for before graduating
How to Maintain your status on an F-1 Visa: Do Not allow your passport to expire Do Not allow your I-20 to expire
Maintaining Status Make sure you are a student in good standing. -Undergraduates must complete at least 12 credits and earn a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester
Maintaining Status Graduate students must complete at least 6 credits and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester. You are not required to take summer classes to maintain your F-1 status.
Maintaining status Never work off-campus for pay without first obtaining permission (written on your I-20) from the ISO and Immigration
Maintaining Status Do not apply for or accept any kind of public assistance such as food stamps or subsidized housing
Maintaining Status Do not transfer schools or change your degree level (such as from Bachelor’s to Master’s) without consulting with an ISO advisor and following the proper procedure
Work-On Campus Work permission is granted based on your maintaining status as a student in good standing Not granted during first semester except to Graduate students with assistantships and U.S. transfer students above 2.75 GPA F.T. Summer, 20 hrs or fewer in semester If you do not have a SSN you will need to show the ISO a Job offer note.
Travel Must have page 3 of I-20 Signed in the last 12 months. To be safe if its more than 7 months get new signature. Without the signature you will not be allowed to re-enter
Travel Also, you will not be able to re- enter with an expired Visa If your Visa is expired you will need to renew it when you go home. Travel to Canada and Mexico: You need to find out if you require an entry visa. Check Canadian/Mexican immigration web sites
Overseas Travel It would also be a good idea to carry a transcript with you and proof of your ability to pay for your expenses upon returning to the U.S.
Can I let my Passport Expire? NO Take note of the expiration date on your passport and begin the process of renewing it 6 months before it expires
Can I let my I-20 Expire? NO Take note of the expiration date on your I-20
Can I let my Visa expire? YES As long as you stay in the U.S.
Can I work (for Pay)? On-Campus Yes <<An on-campus work permit must be obtained from the ISO and we need 4/5 days to process requests.
Can I work (for Pay) ? Off Campus Maybe and only under special circumstances
Work-Off Campus <<Only with written authorization on your I-20 and in most cases, application to the CIS. Optional Practical training – Must apply before graduation (12 months total approved by CIS and currently takes 3 months & $180 fee Curricular Practical training(must have required internship in major) Approved by academic dept and ISO, no cost Economic hardship CIS approved (also costs $180) Must have been an F-1 student for 9 months before applying for any of these.
What if I graduate before my I-20 expires? Can I stay in the U.S. until the I-20 expires? NO
What procedures should I follow if I want to travel to my home country or another country outside the U.S.? You will need to get the back of your I-20 signed by an ISO advisor before leaving. Don’t do it at the last moment !!g
NEW SEVIS RULES Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
What is SEVIS? A internet-based system through which schools will report information to the U.S. Government on: F-1 academic students M-1 technical/vocational students J-1 exchange visitor students & scholars Dependents of these individuals
Categories of Data to Be Reported Personal (biographical) Financial Academic Visa and Immigration Employment Dependent
Data to Be Reported (continued) Student Events (19) 1. Academic admission 2. Deferral of Admission 3. Personal Information 4. Financial Information 5. Academic Program Information update 6. Registration Each term 7. Disciplinary Action 8. Program Extension 9. Drop Below Full Course of Study 10. Resumption of Full Course of Study 11. OPT Employment 12. CPT Employment 13. Off-Campus Employment 14. Premature Termination of Studies 15. Completion of Study Program 16. Bring Dependent(s) to US 17. Update Dependent(s) Information 18. Departure of Dependent(s) 19. Reentry of Dependent(s)
Exception to full-time study 1. Academic Difficulties: must have prior approval before dropping. Cannot drop below 6cr for UG, 3 for Graduate. Allowed only once during program: a) Initial difficulty with English or reading requirement b) Unfamiliar with U.S. teaching c) Improper course placement
2. Medical Reasons can drop all credits for a maximum of 12 month. Medical documentation req. 3 Completing studies/graduating this semester Must authorize in advance of last semesters start.
Reduced Course Load Edit 39 turned on by Registrar- prevents drops below 12 or 6 Immigration accepts F’s(if you attend class) but not “W” (Withdrawl)
Student Leaves School 15 days to depart US if ISO was informed prior to dropping. 60 days to depart after graduating, if no OPT applied for. If you transfer, you must request the ISO to transfer your SEVIS I-20 record to your new school.
How to STAY in STATUS – Don’t let anything expire! Passport, I-20 (Immigration will know immediately via electronic data transmission) – take full-time credits 12 UG or 6 UG Get PRIOR APPROVAL For drops below full-time and practical training permission. Keep Mankato Address up to date at www.mnsu.eduwww.mnsu.edu (this will be sent to SEVIS) along with your Foreign address. NO P.O BOXES ONLY
What Does This Mean You must pay attention to dates on all forms and not let them expire. Immigration will know and consider you out of status immediately via the electronic data transfer. They may very well come to look for you QUICKLY! Get all permissions: to drop below full-time, work, and do internships prior to beginning. Add classes before dropping, so you don’t drop below 12 or 6 for even a day.
SEVIS FEE Began Sept. 1 2004. $100 If you began studying before Sept 1,2004 you do not have to pay. If You lose your F-1 status or return home for 5 months you will need to pay again. Web site: www.FMJfee.com
Special Registration If you were registered at the Airport or have a hand written FIN #_ _ _ _ _ on your I-20 Keep sending AR-11 SR You must remember to check out with immigration upon each departure from the U.S. by land or air.
OFFICE PROCEDURES Call 389-1281 or stop in CSU 219 to make an appointments (no same day appts) There is an hour or two of walk-ins each day for a quick 5- 10 minute question. No Appt needed. Many forms are on-line and others available at the front desk. Allow 3-4 days to process forms. (more at semester’s end and during orientation) Always Plan. YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. WELL MEANING FRIENDS MAY HAVE OLD OR OUT OF DATE INFORMATION.
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