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International Student Orientation Fall 2012



We have uploaded this presentation for those international students who were not able to attend our orientation on August 16. ...

We have uploaded this presentation for those international students who were not able to attend our orientation on August 16.
If you have questions, please contact our office at 954-262-7240 or via e-mail Enjoy your NSU experience!



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International Student Orientation Fall 2012 International Student Orientation Fall 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to NSU! Office of International Affairs August 2012
  • Overview of Presentation• Office of International Affairs• Student Visa- Compliance issues• International Student Employment• Useful Information
  • Office of International Affairs MissionTo develop, facilitate, and oversee high qualityinnovative international programs, initiativesand partnerships by providing leadership,coordination, and service to students andfaculty both on and off campus.
  • Office of Enrollment and Student Services ESS Office of International Affairs OIA Dr. Anthony J. DeNapoli, Executive Director Alejandra Parra, M.A., Associate Director Office ofInternationalStudents and Scholars NSU Schools, OISS Colleges, and Jim Vatral Centers Deborah Pabon5 student workers
  • NSU Overall Facts and FiguresInternational Enrollment on campus: over1,231 students (student visa)116 countries represented on campus
  • NSU in the world....USA Europe The Caribbean Africa Asia LatinAmerica
  • Interesting Facts aboutInternational Students at NSU…
  • Interesting Facts aboutInternational Students at NSU…
  • Office of International Students and ScholarsMAINTAININGYOUR LEGAL STATUS
  • WHAT IS “VISA STATUS”?A status granted by the United States Customand Immigration Services (USCIS) at the portof entry. This status is stamped (or written)on your Admission and Departure Card (I-94).
  • AFTER YOU ARRIVE:Check-In at the Office of International Students andScholars and bring your:•I-20•Passport•Visa•I-94 Card•Local Address•Local Phone Number•Nova email address•Certificate of Virtual Pre-arrival Orientation
  • IT’S EASY TO MAINTAIN YOUR LEGAL STATUSWhat document gives you your legal status as an F-1 Student?
  • I-94 CARD Port of Entry Entry Date Status Limitation of Stay11 Digit numberOne of your most important documents. Keep in a safe place. Replacing it is costly
  • What is SEVIS?Student & Exchange Visitor Information System
  • SEVIS I-20
  • SEVIS I-20 Academic Level Academic Program Length of Program Initial attendance/Continued attendance/Transfer in progressYour I-20’s program’s end date should not expire prior to completing yourcoursework or you will fall out of status. If you will not complete your studiesbefore this date, please contact our office for instructions on how to extend thistime
  • SEVIS I-20. This area may or may not be stamped by immigration.
  • 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
  • Maintaining legal F1 status• Full Course of Study Undergraduate: 12 credit hours Master’s: 6 credit hours Doctoral: 1 class• Online classes – only one per term towards your program of study• Local Address – report any address change to the OISS within 10 days
  • Maintaining Legal Status• Employment – only authorized employment• Prior Approval – Reduced Course Load – Dropping/Withdrawing – Change of Major/Program – Off-Campus Employment• I-20 – valid and properly endorsed
  • How does a student fall out of status?• Not checking in• Being registered below a full course load• Not enrolling• Withdrawing or dropping classes without authorization• Taking only online classes• I-20 expires before program completion• Working without authorization• Changing address and not reporting the changes to the OISS within 10 days
  • DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU… Non-Payment Termination of Status for “Failure to Enroll”!!!! Bursars Hold Cannot Register
  • WHAT IF I FALL OUT OF STATUS? You can…for reinstatement. Apply Leave and re-enter the Or, country with a new I-20. you can…
  • TravellingTo your home country Other than home country• valid I-20 • valid I-20• valid visa (except Canada • valid visa (except or Bermuda) Canada or Bermuda)• passport which is valid 6 • passport which is valid 6 months into the future months into the future from the date the from the date the student intends to re- student intends to re- enter the USA enter the USA Important: Check with the Embassy of that country for any additional visa requirements
  • Can an international student work while in the USA?ON CAMPUS OFF CAMPUS • CPT20 hours (part-time) Curricular Practical Training37.5 hours (full time) • Economic hardship • OPT Optional Practical Training
  • 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.
  • Also remember…• do not use a tourist visa for re-entry• Seeking advise• In case of emergency contact OISS• 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
  • After CompletionIf you complete your program and do not apply forOPT you have 60 days in which to • Transfer to another university • Begin a new program at NSU • Depart the United States
  • Useful Information
  • TRANSPORTATIONNSU ShuttleBus ServiceTriRail/Metrorail
  • Other….• Driving in Florida• Car Insurance Come to the OISS for more information. We are here to help you!
  • PAYMENT INFORMATION• Register for courses • automated system creates an E-bill • sent to NSU e-mail account• E-bill • amount you owe • form of payment • the terms of payment• Payments - automated system which you will find within the Sharklink area. • Payments must be made within 30 days of the beginning of the semester. • “Bursar’s hold” • “late payment fee” of $100
  • OIA Contact informationWebsite: intl@nova.eduPhone: 954-262-7240 (24/7)