NSU Welcome Orientation for International Students
Welcome to NSU! Office of International Affairs Summer 2012
Office of International Affairs MissionThe mission of the Office ofInternational Affairs is to develop,facilitate, and oversee high qualityinnovative international programs,initiatives and partnerships byproviding leadership, coordination, andservice to students and faculty both onand 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 of International NSU Schools, Students and Scholars Colleges, and OISS Centers Jim Vatral Deborah Pabon5 student workers
NSU Overall Facts and FiguresInternational Enrollment on campus:over 1,100 students (student visa)124 countries represented oncampus (Spring 2012)
NSU in the world....USA Europe The Caribbean Africa Asia LatinAmerica
Interesting Facts aboutInternational Students at NSU… Where are our international students from? 250 221 221 206 200 171 159 150 94 100 56 50 9 0 (Spring 2012)
International students in the world… Africa (2) 0% Asia (65) 7% Africa (2) Central/South North Asia (65) America (242)America 27% Caribbean (499) (36) Europe (61) 4% Middle East (12) Caribbean (499) North America (36) Middle 56% Oceania (0)East (12) Central/South America (242) 2% Europe (61) 4% (Spring 2012)
International students in the world… Total: 901 students in online programs international cohorts (Spring 2012)
Office of International Students and ScholarsMAINTAININGYOUR LEGAL STATUS
WHAT IS “VISA STATUS”?A status granted by the United StatesCustom and Immigration Services (USCIS) atthe port of entry. This status is stamped (orwritten) on your Admission and DepartureCard (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?
Port of Entry Entry Date Status Limitation of Stay I-94 CARD11 Digit number
Usually SEVIS N# Printed Here I-94 CARD (Back)
SEVIS I-20 Academic Level Academic Program Length of ProgramInitial attendance/Continued attendance/Transfer in progress
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•Transfer to/from NSU•Off-campus employment/employerinformation • Dropping below full course load • Authorized vacations • Failure to enroll in classes • Termination of program (graduation; withdrawal) • Change of address for F-1 and F-2’s
Maintaining legal F1 status • Passport – valid for at least six months into the future • Local Address – report any address change to the OISS within 10 days • Full Course of Study Undergraduate: 12 credit hours Master’s: 6 credit hours Doctoral: 1 class • On-line classes – only one per term towards your program of study
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 (although the I-20 states you should have a valid signature no older than a year, more and more ports-of-entry are requiring a signature no older than 6 months)
How does a student fall out of status? • Taking less than a full course load • Not enrolling • Not checking into OISS after coming to Nova Southeastern University • Withdrawing or dropping classes without authorization • Taking only online classes • Letting your I-20 expire before you complete your program.
How does a student fall out of status?• Taking more online classes than allowed• Enrolling in programs that are only offered online• Changing residence and not reporting the address change to the OISS within 10 days• Working without authorization
More on 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 (although the I-20 states you should have a valid signature no older than a year, more and more ports-of-entry are requiring a signature no older than 6 months)
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… Apply for reinstatement. Or, you can… Leave and re-enter the country with a new I-20.
Travelling while on a student visa (to student’s home country)Needed documents:• a valid I-20• a valid visa (except students from Canada or Bermuda)• a passport which is valid 6 months into the future from the date the student intends to re-enter the USA
Travelling while on a student visa (to a country other than home country)Needed documents:• a valid I-20• a valid visa (except students from Canada or Bermuda)• a 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
Information to remember….• Never destroy your “old” immigration documents. You may need them in the future.• Always keep copies of your important documents.
Information to remember….• ALWAYS check your Nova email account. The OISS uses this address to communicate with students.
Information to remember….• Your responsibility as an international student is to know the regulations that keep you in F-1 status. If you fall out of status, the OISS may not always contact you.
Information to remember….• Never act on “information” from friends, relatives, or the grapevine. Always check with OISS if you are unsure about a course of action.
Can an international student work while in the USA? An international student with an F1 visa can only work ON CAMPUS for a maximum of 20 hours (part-time) while school is in session and 37.5 hours (full time) during approved vacations and breaks.
What about OFF-CAMPUS employment?• CPT Curricular Practical Training• Economic hardship• OPT Optional Practical Training
Information to remember….• Make appointments with the OISS for OPT or CPT employment applications (at least 90 days prior to your last day of class for OPT— or, as a general rule, at the start of your final term)
Information to remember….• Make sure all your documents are up-to- date and valid before you travel internationally.
Port of Entry• Remember that your experiences at the port- of-entry will vary depending on the city, port- of-entry representative, world events, and time of day.
Documentation• If you forget your documentation or your documentation is not up-to-date, do not use a tourist visa for re-entry. If you do that, your status as an F-1 student will be terminated.
Seeking Advice• Academic advisors or counselors may not always know international procedures. Always check with the OISS if you feel unsure of any information you’ve been told.
Academic PerformancePoor academic performance or behavior havedirect implications on your immigration status.Your I-20 is IMMEDIATELY terminated shouldyou be SUSPENDED or DISMISSED from yourprogram of studies for academic or otherreasonsShould you be dismissed or suspended fromyour program, you must leave the countryimmediately.
I-20 DurationYour I-20’s program’s end date should notexpire prior to completing your coursework oryou will fall out of status. I f you will notcomplete your studies before this date, pleasecontact our office for instructions on how toextend this time.
Emergency?If you must return home due to anemergency, please contact the OISS as theremay be options to keep your status activeduring your absence.
After CompletionIf you complete your program and do notapply for OPT you have 60 days in which to1- Transfer to another university2- Begin a new program at NSU3- Depart the United States
PAYMENT INFORMATION• When you register for your courses, the NSU automated system will create an E-bill, which will be sent via e-mail to your NSU e-mail account.• This e-mail contains information on the amount you owe, the form of payment, and the terms of payment.• You will be able to make payments using our automated system which you will find within the Sharklink area. Please keep in mind that payments must be made within 30 days of the beginning of the semester. If you pay after that, your account will have a “Bursar’s hold” until you make a payment, and there will also be a “late payment fee” of $100 if payment is made after the deadline.