Application process by which a non-immigrant changes their visa category from one to another.
The International Student Adviser authorized to issue and sign I-20s. The DSO is a regularly employed member of the school administration who ensures institutional and applying laws and government policies pertaining to F-1 students. Only a DSO may issue and sign the I-20 and create or update SEVIS records. (DSOs are in the Office of International Student Services)
Duration of Status is recorded on the I-94 and is based on the supposition that a student is pursuing a full course of study at the appointed institution on the I-20. A student who fails to maintain proper nonimmigrant status will need to seek reinstatement from the USCIS. Duration of status corresponds with the end date listed on Form I-20. The I-94 is a very important card to make sure you keep, because it shows the length of time you are permitted and authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to stay in the U.S.
All employment for F-1 students enrolled in full-time academic courses
Optional Practical Training (OPT) - Employment must be in the student's field of study. You cannot work until you have received the employment authorization document (EAD), which currently takes 60-90 days to receive once an application request has been submitted to the USCIS. OPT is available during and after completion of studies.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Required internship or practicum that is an integral part of an established curriculum.
F-1 students are non-immigrants pursuing a full course of study towards a specific educational or professional objective at an academic institution in the U.S., as designated by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) of the department of Homeland Security (DHS). Once the educational or professional objectives have been attained, the U.S. government expects the F-1 student to return to his or her residence abroad.
Most dependents (a spouse and/or children under the age of 21) who accompany F-1 students to the United States hold F-2 status. The F-2 status is entirely dependent on the F-1 visa holder's status. If F-1 individuals extend their authorized stay or change their status in any way, their family members must be included in the application. IF F-1 individuals lose their status or leave the country for an extended period of time, the family members with F-1 status lose their status, as well.
Current regulations prohibit individuals in F-2 dependent status from working in the United States and/or enrolling in a course of study in the United States unless it is in an elementary or secondary school. Part-time, occasional, recreational, and/or avocational classes are permitted.
White, three-page document issued by an international student advisor at the educational institution to individuals for U.S. entry in F-1 status for purpose of studying. Separate I-20 issued for each dependent (F-2).
Small, white card issued prior to entering U.S. Immigration officer stamps I-94 to reflect date, place of entry, status granted, and length of stay permitted.
Abiding by immigration regulations as pertains to your visa category.
OISS is the Office of International Student Services at PUC, located in Graf Hall, #44 on the campus map.
A U.S. visa allows the bearer to apply for entry to the U.S. in a certain classification, for a specific purpose; for example, student (F), visitor (B), temporary worker (H). Every visa is issued for a particular purpose and for a specific class of visitor. Each visa classification has a set of requirements that the visa holder must follow and maintain. When you arrive in the U.S., a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector determines whether you will be admitted, length of stay, and conditions of stay in the U.S. When admitted you are given a Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record), which tells you when you must leave the U.S. The date granted on the I-94 card at the airport governs how long you may stay in the U.S. If you do not follow the requirements, you stay longer than that date, or you engage in activities not permitted for your particular type of visa, you violate your status and are considered be "out of status." It is important to understand the concept of immigration status and the consequences of violating that status. Failure to maintain status can result in arrest, and violators may be required to leave the U.S. Violation of status also can affect the prospect of readmission to the U.S. for a period of time, by making you ineligible for a visa. Most people who violate the terms of their status are barred from lawfully returning to the United States for years. See http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1298.html for more information.
Document issued by home country for travel. Non-U.S. citizens must have valid passport to enter U.S., with a few exceptions.
Place where you enter U.S, and are processed by an immigration official.
An F-1 student who has failed to maintain status may be reinstated to lawful status at the discretion of Immigration.
Database established by Immigration to receive, store, and process student and dependent data submitted by schools.
"School Transfer" is used by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to describe the process by which an International student leaves one U.S. institution (before or after completion of studies) and begins attendance at another U.S. institution. School transfer, in this situation, does not refer to the transfer of academic credits or records between institutions.
Responsible for most applications and adjudications for non-immigrants.
Stamped or affixed entry sticker in passport for U.S. entry in the immigration status specified on visa.
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