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I N T E R N AT I O N A L
F-1 PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION
2014–2015 ACADEMIC YEAR
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES
I N T E R N AT I O N A L
ENCLOSED IN THIS
PACKET YOU WILL FIND:
• Your I-20 and related information
• I-901 SEVIS fee information for F nonimmigrant students
• Directions on how to apply for a student visa
• Travel and arrival instructions for F-1 students
• Adelphi University information
• Directions on how to log in to your eCampus account for course registration and email
• Orientation requirements
• Information on how to check in with your international adviser
• Housing information
• Health requirements
• Banking and transferring of funds information
• Clothing recommendations
• Login information for your eCampus account Fall 2014 semester classes begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. You are required to attend the Mandatory International Orientation on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Check-in is at 9:00 a.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center (UC) atrium.
Spring 2015 semester classes begin on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. You are required to attend the Mandatory International Orientation on Friday, January 23, 2015. Check-in is at 9:00 a.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center (UC) atrium.
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICESRuth S. Harley University Center, Room 110 516.877.4990 Fax: 516.877.3148 firstname.lastname@example.org STEP 1: CHECK YOUR I-20 FOR ERRORS Please verify that all information listed on your Adelphi University I-20 is accurate and printed correctly. This includes your name (as it appears on your passport), program of study, the length of study, your previous school’s name (if you are a transfer student), country of birth, country of citizenship, date of birth and financial information. If anything is listed incorrectly, please contact the Office of International Student Services immediately to make the necessary correction.
STEP 2: SIGN YOUR I-20 After you review your I-20 for accuracy, sign and date the bottom of the first page of your I-20 immediately.
STEP 3: PAY THE SEVIS I-901 FEE WHAT IS SEVIS?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) acts as the bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information about foreign students. It helps the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State better monitor school and exchange visitor programs and F, M and J category visitors. SEVP administers the F (academic) and M (vocational) visa categories, while the U.S. Department of State manages the J exchange visitor program. SEVP uses Webbased technology known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are legally enrolled in the U.S. education system.
SEVP collects, maintains and uses the information to ensure that only legitimate foreign students or exchange visitors gain entry to the United States. The result is an easily accessible information system that provides timely information to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
SEVIS FEE Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP. The current fee is $200 and can be paid at fmjfee.com.
To pay online:
1. Visit fmjfee.com.
2. Proceed to I-901 Form and Payment.
3. Complete the form and information using a valid Visa, MasterCard or American Express card.
4. Print the receipt.
STEP 4: STEPS TO APPLY FOR YOUR F-1 VISA All nonimmigrants coming to the United States for the purpose of studying will have to acquire an F-1 student visa. You can obtain the F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information, visit the United States Department of State website at travel.state.gov.
NEW STUDENTSF-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States in F-1 status earlier than 30 days before your program start date located in Section 5 of your I-20.
CONTINUING STUDENTSYou may renew your visa at any time, as long as you have maintained student status and your SEVIS records are current.
You may enter the United States at any time before your classes start.
WAIT TIMES Visa wait times for interview appointments vary by location and season, so you should apply for your visa early. Review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply.
Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview:
Passport valid for travel to the United States. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your • period of stay in the United states.
• Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview • Photo—You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.
• Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status, Form I-20
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION MAY BE REQUIREDAdditional documents may be requested to establish your qualification. Be prepared to present the following documents
at your visa interview:
• Transcripts, diplomas, degrees or certificates from schools you’ve attended
• Scores from tests required for admission, such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE or GMAT
• Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study
• How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs
ATTEND YOUR VISA INTERVIEWDuring your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa.
DEPENDENTS OF F-1 STUDENTSDependents of an F-1 student will be issued an F-2 visa if they are accompanying or joining the F-1 student. You must be able to show that sufficient funds are available to cover the entire family’s living expenses. A visa will not be issued without this evidentiary proof.
IMPORTANT INFORMATIONand Procedures You Must Follow
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSINITIAL STATUS I-20 STUDENTS You will not be allowed to enter the United States earlier than 30 days prior to your program start date listed on the first page (Section 5) of your Form I-20. Therefore, please make your travel plans accordingly in the event that you plan to visit relatives or friends in the United States before you begin your studies at Adelphi University.
TRANSFER PENDING STATUS I-20 STUDENTSIf your I-20 was issued in transfer pending status, noted on the first page (Section 3) of your Form I-20, you can travel within and enter the United States with no limitation prior to your program start date listed on your Form I-20.
When you arrive, you must have the following documents in your possession:
• Valid passport for at least six months in the future
• Original SEVIS Form I-20
• A valid F-1 visa
• Adelphi Letter of Acceptance
• Documentary evidence of financial support as indicated on the SEVIS Form I-20 The immigration official must find all documents satisfactory. If not, you will be delayed and questioned. When everything is in order, the immigration official will process your entry documents and authorize your entrance into the United States.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE OF STATUS FOR F-1 STUDENTSF-1 students are admitted in the United States for a Duration of Status (D/S). This means that you will be permitted to remain in the United States for the entire length of your course of study, provided you keep an active I-20 at all times and
meet the following conditions:
• Report to the designated school official (DSO) to have his or her SEVIS record registered in SEVIS in a timely fashion.
DSOs must register the student in SEVIS no later than 30 days after the program start date (new students in initial SEVIS status), and each semester thereafter, no later than 30 days after the next session start date (continuing students).
• For the first entry for initial school attendance, the school listed on the visa and on the I-20 must be the same, and that is the school the student must intend to attend.
• Pursue a full course of study at the school listed on the currently valid Form I-20 during every academic session or semester except during official school breaks, or unless approved under a specific exception in advance, by the DSO.
• Make normal progress toward completing the course of study, by completing studies before the expiration of the program completion date on Form I-20.
• Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for extension of stay.
• Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for change in educational levels or programs of study.
• Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for transfer of schools.
• Abide by the F-1 grace period rules.
• Report a change of address to the DSO within 10 days of the change, so that SEVIS can be updated.
• Abide by rules requiring disclosure of information and prohibition on criminal activity.
• Abide by any special requirements, such as special registration requirements.
• Not work, either on or off campus, unless specifically authorized under the regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(9) or § 214.2(f)(10)-(12).
• Abide by the aggregate unemployment rules while on post-completion optional practice training (OPT).
• A student should also keep his or her passport valid.
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TRAVEL NOTESYou must report to your authorized school prior to your program start date. Your program start date is listed in Section 5 of your SEVIS Form I-20. You cannot enter the United States past this date. If you leave the United States temporarily, you will need to have your Form I-20 signed to be able to return to the United States. You must request this travel endorsement signature at Adelphi’s Office of International Student Services at least one week prior to your departure.
TRANSPORTATIONto Adelphi University We suggest that you carry sufficient U.S. cash with you for things such as transportation from the airport to Adelphi University, and food, bedding, etc., that you may need immediately upon arrival in the United States.
Because your finances should be an ongoing concern, we urge you to plan ahead and ensure that adequate funds will be available at all times. Remember, except under well-defined circumstances, foreign students cannot support themselves by working. Make sure that you are familiar with your government foreign exchange regulations and restrictions.
Important: You should not arrive during the weekend or on a holiday; most University offices are closed.
We recommend that you arrange your taxi service prior to arrival in the United States, if at all possible, to prevent delay.
Upon your arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport, go to the Ground Transportation Desk in the terminal and inquire about transportation directly to Adelphi University in Garden City, New York..
TAXI AND CAR SERVICE OPTIONSAll Island Taxi 516.742.2222 The cost of this service is $45 per person from JFK International Airport to Adelphi. Gratuity is not included and must be provided separately.
Elegant Transportation 516.678.7700 The cost of this service is $75 (cash) or $83.18 (credit card) per person from JFK International Airport to Adelphi. Gratuity is not included and must be provided separately.
917.417.8402 or email@example.com The cost of this service is $86 per person from JFK International Airport to Adelphi. Gratuity is not included and must be provided separately.
We suggest that you avoid taking a regular yellow taxicab to Adelphi since the cost will most likely be double. Please note, gratuity is not included. Caution: At airports, bus terminals, etc., stay away from individuals offering transportation at special rates. Often, these people are untrustworthy. Also, always keep your luggage and other belongings within sight.
Never leave your belongings unattended.
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ECAMPUS ACCOUNTYou must set up your eCampus account to access your email and to register for classes. All communications, including emails from your professor, are sent only to your Adelphi email account.
It’s easy to set up your eCampus account. First, you will need to pay your nonrefundable tuition deposit and submit your receipt to the Office of International Admissions. Your eCampus account will be generated 48 hours after your tuition deposit has cleared.
Once you have set up your eCampus account, you can register for Orientation and your classes, as well as check your Adelphi email.
If you have difficulty registering for eCampus, contact the Adelphi Help Desk at 516.877.3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.