It is very important for an F-1 student to maintain his or her status while in the United States. Failure to maintain the terms and conditions of nonimmigrant status (F-1) is a ground for removal from the United States (deportation) under the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
To maintain F-1 status:
Re-entry to the U.S.
You need to bring the following documents when you want to re-enter the U.S. from traveling abroad:
Many countries require visitors to obtain visas before they enter the country. Visas are issued by the host country embassy or consulate. The following link has a list of all embassies in the U.S. http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html click on the country you want and then read the link called Entry/Exit requirements. Here you can find information about the embassy or consulate you will want to contact. The information on this website is for US citizens. Please be sure to contact the embassy for information specifically to your country of citizenship.
If you travel domestically within United States:
When travelling from the MSP airport the following services can be used:
Executive Express is a bus service available that picks up at CSB/SJU and drops off directly to the airport. When making reservations please note the following:
Lakes Express is also a bus service available that picks up at CSB/SJU and drops off directly to the airport.
The train leaves and comes back from St. Cloud to St. Paul daily. Cost depends on day of week and seat preference. Cost ranges is $8.00-$18.00 for one way. Reservation required. Please make reservations by phone 1-800-872-7245 or at http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak. When making reservations please note the following:
Yellow Cab (St. Cloud)
Departs from St. Cloud METRO BUS 510 1ST ST S St Cloud, MN 56301 and arrives at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (enter 'Minnstp Arpt' as location). Cost range is $16.00-$25.00 for one way. Reservation required. Contact Greyhound at (320)251-5411.
SEVIS is an internet-based system that allows schools and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to exchange data on the visa status of international students. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 or J-1 student's academic career in the United States. U.S. embassies and consulates also have access to SEVIS. At CSB/SJU we only have F-1 students.
Yes and no. The requirement that schools provide the federal government with information about each student's status is not new. Most of the information that will be reported to SEVIS has been required by the INS for many years. In 1996, Congress passed legislation directing INS to begin an electronic data collection system. This program is now known as SEVIS-the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. In October 2001, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act authorizing additional SEVIS funding and requiring nationwide compliance by January 30, 2003.
The news media has reported extensively on how the U.S. government is seeking more efficient ways of managing information on international students in the United States. We have prepared this handout to help you understand the kinds of information that the College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University, and all colleges and universities in the U.S., must maintain on international students and how this information is shared with the government in a manner prescribed by law. We hope you find this explanation helpful.
After the College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University admits an international student, SEVIS is notified. The USCIS approves the University's request to issue an I-20. The University mails the new bar-coded I-20 form to the student.
The student visits the U.S. consulate abroad, and the consulate issues a visa after they confirm through SEVIS that the I-20 the student is carrying is a valid document. The student's entry into the U.S. is reported in SEVIS at the airport when the student arrives in the U.S.
When the student arrives on campus, he/she will report to Intercultural and International Student Services, and the school confirms through SEVIS the student's enrollment. CSB/SJU continues to provide regular electronic reports to INS throughout the student's academic career.
Finally, SEVIS records the student's departure from the United States.
CSB/SJU must report:
Some examples of failure to maintain status include:
If a student drops below a full course of study without prior approval from the DSO, that "event" would be reported via SEVIS, and he or she would be out of status. The student may apply for reinstatement if the violation resulted from circumstances beyond his or her control. Reinstatement is intended to be a rare benefit for exceptional cases. The student may not apply for reinstatement under any circumstances if he or she is out of status longer than five months. If INS does not reinstate the student, he or she may not appeal that decision.
CSB/SJU is committed to assist students in ways that prevent status violations from ever occurring. Accordingly, effective Spring semester 2003, three Registration changes will take effect.
Remember, only the Designated School Officials in Intercultural and International Student Services have authority to authorize a reduced credit load for F-1 students!
The USCIS is required to audit CSB/SJU's compliance with these new requirements every two years. Failure to comply with the federal regulations could result in the loss of the College and University's ability to accept international students.
Data moves faster through an electronic system than through a paper system. Students can expect that INS forms will be produced faster, applications for benefits such as Practical Training will be approved more quickly, and visas will be granted without the usual long delays.
Students may transfer to a different school to pursue a new degree or continue in the same degree level or higher degree level by doing the following procedure:
To transfer from another school to CSB/SJU please contact:
Director of International Student Admissions
What do I do if my visa expires?
Do not worry. If you are in the U.S. and your visa expires, you are fine. You just cannot let your I-20 or Passport expire. You can only obtain a new visa outside of the U.S. For more information on the process, contact the Director of Intercultural and International Student Services.
What do I do if I leave the country and wan to come back?
Make sure that you have your I-20 signed by the Director of Intercultural and International Student Services BEFORE leaving the U.S. Also carry your valid passport and visa to reenter the U.S.
How do I do an internship off campus?
If the internship is required of your degree, you may qualify for Curricular Practical Training. This opportunity is job specific and time specific. It must be integral part of an established curriculum, in your courses of study. You must have an offer of employment from an employer offering work that qualifies as curriculum practical training. This authorization is handled by Intercultural and International Student Services.
How do I work off campus?
International students are not allowed to work off or on campus without authorization. To work off-campus a student must qualify for one of three programs. Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training or Economic Hardship
The information contained in the website of Intercultural and International Student Services is for the use of the CSB/SJU community. Some of the information is very general and some is specific to the CSB/SJU. Information contained herein should not be used as the sole source of information for making decisions that may affect one's legal status in the U.S. or one's right to study, teach, conduct research, or work.