Immigration Seminar Fall 2011 SCC

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To understand the regulations and requirements of being a F-1 student status at Shoreline C.C. (Fall 2011).

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Immigration Seminar Fall 2011 SCC

  1. 1. Immigration and Visa Information Session<br />Presenter: <br />Samira Pardanani<br /> Assistant Director, International Admissions & Immigration<br />
  2. 2. In This Session, We Will Talk About:<br />Your F-1 status <br />Immigration rules<br />Immigration processes and paperwork<br />SEVIS<br />“Do I always need to take 12 credit hours?”<br />Getting to know your documents<br />
  3. 3. Some Important Things For You To Know<br />There are MANY immigration rules.<br />Immigration rules are complicated.<br />Breaking immigration rules causes problems!<br />If you have questions about immigration, please contact International Programs staff.<br />Do not ask your friends for immigration advice!<br />Read International Programs emails carefully!<br />
  4. 4. Some Important Things For You To Know<br />International Programs office ALWAYS needs to have your:<br />current address (required by regulations)<br />email address (This is how we communicate!)<br />telephone number.<br />REMEMBER:<br />It is ultimately your responsibility to keep your immigration status valid!<br />
  5. 5. F-1 Immigration Rules<br />Don’t let your passport expire.<br />Don’t let your I-20 expire.<br />Be a full-time student (at least 12 credits each quarter).<br />DO NOT withdraw or stop attending classes! You must be registered and attending at least 12 credits each quarter.<br /> Note: W (Withdraw) or V (Vanish) grades and <br /> N (Audit) classes DO NOT count toward the 12 <br /> credit requirement!<br />
  6. 6. F-1 Immigration Rules<br />You can take ONLY ONE online class for your first 12 credits. We recommend that you talk to an advisor BEFORE you register for any online classes.<br />If you want to take LESS than 12 credits submit -> YELLOW RCL FORM<br />If you want to return to home country for one or more quarters, or if you want to withdraw from Shoreline, submit -> RED LOA/WITHDRAWAL FORM<br />Apply for Re-admission to Shoreline if you wish to return after a leave of absence.<br />Do Not work more than 20 hours on campus when classes in session.<br />
  7. 7. F-1 Immigration Rules<br />It is ILLEGAL to work off-campus! (Some limited options available, but must get authorization from immigration office first). <br />If you move, submit Change of Contact Information Form at International Programs WITHIN 10 days.<br />Meet with an advisor at International Programs if your situation changes in any way (eg. Change of major, graduation, name changes, etc).<br />If you are traveling outside the U.S., check to see if your travel signature on I-20 is valid.<br />
  8. 8. SKIT<br />
  9. 9. What is SEVIS?<br />SEVIS stands for “Student and Exchange Visitor Information System”.<br />It is your electronic immigration record.<br />All U.S. schools MUST regularly update students’ electronic record. <br />Examples of things schools are required to update in SEVIS.<br />IMPORTANT: Students SEVIS records must be updated at the beginning of each quarter.If we do not know why you are not registered, we CANNOT update your record!<br />
  10. 10. “Must I always be a full-time student?”Reduced Course Load (RCL) Rules<br />In general, F-1 students MUST be full-time (12 credit hours).<br />In certain situations, it may be possible to be less than full-time.<br />Check with an advisor to find out if you are eligible (based on immigration rules).<br />You MUST get permission before taking less than 12 credits (Permission = Yellow RCL form)<br />If you are not taking classes and you have not submitted the yellow form, your SEVIS record will not remain active!<br />
  11. 11. RCL Form (Paper Form Only)<br />
  12. 12. When Should You Submit An RCL Form?<br />If you want to take less than 12 credits in one of these situations:<br />1. IF you are eligible for vacation quarter.<br />2. IF it is your final quarter before you graduate.<br />3. IF you have a medical condition and get an appropriate letter from a health care provider.<br />4. (Very rarely) for certain specific academic situations. <br />
  13. 13. Leave of Absence Form<br />
  14. 14. Leave of Absence Situations<br /> If you want to go back to your home country for one or more quarters (unless you are eligible for vacation).<br />We cannot keep your SEVIS record active.<br />You will need to re-apply to return to Shoreline.<br />
  15. 15. Documents<br />Passport<br />Visa Stamp<br />I-20 Document<br />I-94 Card<br />
  16. 16. I-20 document<br />Sample I-20 fromOregon State University and Brandeis universities website<br />
  17. 17. I-94 card<br />Sample I-94 from Univ. of Southern California website<br />
  18. 18. F-1 Visa Stamp (ENTRY document)<br />
  19. 19. Conclusion<br />Know the rules.<br />Ask questions.<br />We are here to help!<br />We wish you a wonderful time at Shoreline and success in your academic pursuits!<br />

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