Maintaining your nonimmigrant status is not hard, but the nuances of living on a student visa take time to learn. We’re here to provide you with resources, training, and more to make all of this second nature.
As a nonimmigrant student living in the United States, you’ll be required to follow very specific immigration procedures outlined and enforced by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Ursuline College is authorized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to sponsor your Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (I-20). As such, both the College, as the sponsor and you, as the student, have certain reporting and procedural expectations which are required for you to lawfully remain in the United States.
Several members of Ursuline’s faculty and staff have been authorized by the US government as Designated School Officials (DSOs) to serve as your partners in this process. Guidance on key points of interest are noted below, but never hesitate to contact us for further clarification of these and other immigration rules.
After your arrival in the United States, look up your I-94 Arrival Record online. Download or take a screen shot and save this for your records. No more than 30 days prior to your I-20 start date but before the start of classes, attach this document to an email and send it to your Designated School Official (DSO) to verify your arrival. You will receive an email reminder to verify your arrival prior to the start of classes.
You’ll also be required to complete an in-person international student orientation. At Ursuline, this is a one-on-one meeting with your DSO to discuss maintaining your nonimmigrant status along with other important points of interest for living in the United States.
International orientation is a second orientation, and not to be confused with your Academic Orientation, at which you will schedule your classes with your Academic Advisor. International students are required to complete both orientations.
Make plans to schedule your international orientation appointment with your DSO after arriving in the US and prior to the end of your first week of classes on campus.
As an international student, you are required to hold a US health insurance policy. Please contact your DSO for policy options and more information about this requirement.
As an F-1 student, your legal spouse and children under age 21 are permitted to apply for F-2 status to accompany you or follow separately to the US. To request Certificates of Eligibility (Form I-20) for eligible family members, please contact your DSO.
Prior to leaving the US for any international travel, be sure to visit your DSO to receive an updated travel signature on your Form I-20. For re-entry to the US, you will be required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the US, and a properly endorsed Form I-20 (with a travel signature from the DSO that is dated within one year of the travel) or a Form I-193, waiver of passport or visa requirement.