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  • 1. Welcome to NSU! Office of International Affairs January 2014
  • 2. Overview of Presentation • Office of International Affairs • Student Visa- Compliance issues
  • 3. Office of International Affairs Mission To develop, facilitate, and oversee high quality innovative international programs, initiatives and partnerships by providing leadership, coordination, and service to students and faculty both on and off campus.
  • 4. Office of Enrollment and Student Services ESS Office of International Affairs OIA Dr. Anthony J. DeNapoli, Executive Director Dr. Alejandra Parra, Associate Director Office of International Students and Scholars OISS Jim Vatral Deborah Pabon 5 student workers Study Abroad NSU Schools, Colleges, and Centers
  • 5. NSU Overall Facts and Figures International Enrollment on campus: over 1,231 students (student visa) 116 countries represented on campus
  • 6. Interesting Facts about International Students at NSU…
  • 7. Interesting Facts about International Students at NSU…
  • 8. NSU in the world.... USA The Caribbean Latin America Europe Africa Asia
  • 9. Office of International Students and Scholars MAINTAINING YOUR LEGAL STATUS
  • 10. AFTER YOU ARRIVE: Check-In at the Office of International Students and Scholars and bring your: •I-20 •Passport •Visa •Local Address •Local Phone Number •Nova email address •Certificate of Virtual Pre-arrival Orientation
  • 11. IT’S EASY TO MAINTAIN YOUR LEGAL STATUS What document gives you your legal status as an F-1 Student?
  • 12. SEVIS I-20
  • 13. SEVIS I-20 Academic Level Academic Program Length of Program Initial attendance/Continued attendance/Transfer in progress Your I-20’s program’s end date should not expire prior to completing your coursework or you will fall out of status. If you will not complete your studies before this date, please contact our office for instructions on how to extend this time
  • 14. What is SEVIS? Student & Exchange Visitor Information System
  • 15. Information recorded in SEVIS and reported to USCIS •Program start/end dates •Term start/end dates •Educational level •Program or major •Program extension •Authorized vacations •Transfer to/from NSU •Off-campus employment/employer information • Dropping below full course load • Failure to enroll in classes • Termination of program (graduation; withdrawal) • Change of address for F-1 and F-2’s
  • 16. Maintaining legal F1 status • Full Course of Study Undergraduate: 12 credit hours (9 credits for Nursing) Master’s: 6 credit hours Doctoral: 1 class • On-line classes – only one per term towards your program of study • Local Address – report any address change to the OISS within 10 days
  • 17. International students need OISS approval for: • • • • • Employment Reduced Course Load Dropping/Withdrawing Change of Major/Program Off-Campus Employment
  • 18. How does a student fall out of status? • • • • • • • • Not checking in at the OISS Registered below a full course load Not enrolling Withdrawing or dropping classes without authorization Taking only online classes When I-20 expires before program completion Working without authorization Changing address and not reporting the changes to the OISS within 10 days
  • 19. PAYMENT INFORMATION Once you register for classes: • Your student account will be billed for tuition and student fees. • You will receive an E-Bill sent to your NSU e-mail address. • Pay all required tuition and fees no later than 30 days after the start of the term to avoid a $100.00 late charge. • You can pay online or in person at one of our One Stop Shops.
  • 20. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU… Non-Payment Termination of Status for “Failure to Enroll”!!!! Bursars Hold Cannot Register
  • 21. WHAT IF I FALL OUT OF STATUS? You can…for reinstatement. Apply Leave and re-enter the Or, you can… country with a new I-20.
  • 22. Travelling To your home country Other than home country • valid I-20 • valid visa (except Canada or Bermuda) • passport which is valid 6 months into the future from the date the student intends to reenter the USA • valid I-20 • valid visa (except Canada or Bermuda) • passport which is valid 6 months into the future from the date the student intends to re-enter the USA Important: Check with the Embassy of that country for any additional visa requirements
  • 23. Can an international student work while in the USA? ON CAMPUS 20 hours (part-time) 37.5 hours (full time) OFF CAMPUS CPT Curricular Practical Training OPT Optional Practical Training Economic hardship
  • 24. And related to that…. • Social Security Number • Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
  • 25. Information to remember…. • Never destroy your “old” immigration documents. • Always keep copies of your important documents. • Your responsibility to know the regulations. • ALWAYS check your Nova email account. • Never act on “information” from friends, relatives, or the grapevine • Make sure all your documents are up-to-date and valid before you travel internationally.
  • 26. Also remember… • • • • Do not use a tourist visa for re-entry When in doubt, seek advise at the OISS In case of emergency contact OISS If detained and questioned at the point-of-entry, only answer their questions. • Academic performance – SUSPENDED or DISMISSED I-20 is IMMEDIATELY terminated and you must leave the country immediately
  • 27. After Completion If you complete your program and do not apply for OPT, you have 60 days in which to • Transfer to another university • Begin a new program at NSU • Depart the United States
  • 28. Additional Information
  • 29. TRANSPORTATION NSU Shuttle Bus Service TriRail/Metrorail
  • 30. Driving in Florida To apply for a Florida Driver’s License Visit the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) Office or check online at • Please get CAR INSURANCE (mandatory in the USA) • Get a PARKING DECAL to park around campus
  • 31. Health Insurance Please go to the Health Center webpage for information It is highly recommended that you get Health Insurance while you are studying in the USA!!!
  • 32. TAX Information Visit our website for information
  • 33. VERY IMPORTANT!!! You are responsible for: • maintaining your PERSONAL INFORMATION (address, phone number) up-to-date • Using your NSU E-mail account (official mode of communication) • Maintaining a GOOD academic standing…. • Maintaining your I-20 current
  • 34. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: When in doubt……. CALL OUR OFFICE!!!!
  • 35. OIA Contact information Website: Email: Phone: 954-262-7240 (24/7) Skype:
  • 36. Good luck!