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  • 1. How Many Immigration Sessions?• Main Orientation program Fall and Spring• Two late orientation sessions• One special IEP session• One on one orientations
  • 2. Format of Immigration Session• Fs and Js are separated out for the immigration session.• PowerPoint presentation is used with references to International Student Handbook• Question period
  • 3. Proof of Attendance• Students sign a purple acknowledgement form after immigration portion which is then put in student file, not handed out until immigration session is over.• Students who come in late will need to make up the immigration session• Holds are put on students who did not attend, these holds prevent students from registering for the following semester –very effective• Notes in physical files
  • 4. • Documents • Rules • Travel • ResponsibilityImmigration • Work • Planning • Reporting
  • 5. Immigration: Documents Visa:Your travel document needed for entry into U.S.
  • 6. Immigration: Documents I-94 Card:Your proof of legal U.S. immigration status
  • 7. Immigration: Documents Form I-20 (F-1 Students)Your proof of academic program document and length of stay
  • 8. Immigration: Documents Form DS-2019 (J-1 Students):Your proof of academic program and length of stay
  • 9. Immigration: Rules • Passport Keep Immigration • Visa (important only ifdocuments current at travel outside U.S. & all times want to return) • I-94 – don’t lose • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • 10. Immigration: Travel• Carry valid documents when you travel, even within U.S.Travel outside U.S.:• Be aware of visa expiration dates• Be aware of I-20/DS-2019 expiration• Be aware of passport expiration• Do you need a travel signature?• Do you need a visa to go into the country to which you plan to travel?
  • 11. immigration: ResponsibilityYou are responsible for maintaining yourImmigration status in the U.S.
  • 12. Immigration: Work• On-Campus employment• Practical Training (F-1)/ Academic Training (J-1)• Employment at an International Organization (F-1)• Employment based on severe economic hardship
  • 13. Immigration: Planning With proper planning, immigration should not get in the way of your life.
  • 14. Immigration: ReportingThe Student • Your official record with the governmentExchange VisitorInformation System • Government database(SEVIS): • Owned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement • Used to track who is studying what where • Should be kept up to date
  • 15. Immigration: Reporting • Your arrival at CUAWhat must CUA • Your enrollment eachreport on you? semester • Changes in address • Changes in majors or courses of study • Authorizations for reduced course loads • Authorizations for work • Failure to maintain status, including unauthorized employment
  • 16. Contact InformationGudrun KendonAssociate Director, International Student and Scholar ServicesEmail: