This message is being sent to all enrolled international students at IU South Bend from your friends in the Office of International Student Services…(Can't see the e-mail? Click here.)
All the best as you continue your education beyond the classroom at a new educational level. We are proud to call you part of our Titan family.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Announces Changes to the F-1 Entry Process
If you read anything in this e-mail, please read the following paragraph:
CBP has recently announced that all F-1 students and their dependents will be referred to secondary inspection until new software is installed at the primary inspection points. Thus you should budget an extra couple of hours between air connections, or in order to cross a land border, until further notice.
The most current announcements indicate that the software configurations should be completed by the end of this month.
Remember the signature on the third page of your I-20 should be less than twelve months old when you return to the country. An expired signature will cause further delay at your port of entry and additional paperwork upon your return to IU South Bend. Be sure to stop by the OISS before you depart the country to update the signature if necessary.
Moreover, students reentering with a new I-20 after termination of a prior SEVIS record (so called “reinstatement by travel”) should expect a full inquiry into the reasons why they fell out of status in the US, and should come prepared with evidence that the status violation was beyond their control.
I-94 Goes Paperless
If you’re leaving the US this summer, please note there will be a change in the way that the government handles I-94 cards (little white card in your passport). The Department of Homeland Security is moving to an electronic I-94 card process. When you come back to the US (if you’re returning by air) as an F-1 student, you probably will not be getting a paper I-94 card.
As this is a new process, all of the details have not yet been fully worked out. Watch for additional updates from us as the process becomes clearer with implementation.
Next OPT Information Session: This Friday, 3:30, Admin 220B
Students graduating in August are eligible to apply for OPT on or after June 2. IU South Bend only issues OPT I-20s to students who have attended an information session. If you will be graduating in August and have not yet attended an information session, please update your calendar to attend this Friday at 3:30 in Admin 220B.
Heading out of the area for awhile? Check our checklist for permanent or extended travel out of the US: https://www.iusb.edu/oiss/current-students/transportation/departure.php
Students with Spring 2013 concurrent enrollment at another school must submit graded transcripts in order to count credits from another school toward the full-time enrollment requirement. If you were concurrently enrolled this semester, please bring an official transcript to the front desk to request a credit transfer and to verify your full-time enrollment. Remember, if you are taking an Ivy Tech math course, you must still submit an official transcript.
Failure to produce a transcript in a timely manner (to verify full-time enrollment) could result in loss of your F-1 status.
All students sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission must have a $0 balance from Spring Semester 2013 on their Bursar accounts before the OISS can send an official transcript to SACM. Remember, SACM does not pay for most late fees, parking fees or anything else that is still on your bill at this late date.
Additionally, many financial guarantees expire at the end of May. If your guarantee is expiring, please remember to request a new one as soon as possible and simply use the "forward" button on the e-mail to send your guarantee to firstname.lastname@example.org.
English is Automatic
If you have yet to complete your required English courses, there is no need to fret about which course to take next. You will automatically be enrolled for the next required course in your English sequence.
Please Consider Assisting
Remember your first few weeks in the US? Those days when you wished someone would have helped you to learn how to get to the grocery store, find your classes or even just use the washing machine?
A very sophisticated scam which has surfaced in the eastern United States, is targeting international students. International students and scholars are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS/USDHS). The phone number matches the USCIS toll-free number. The caller claims that on a recent trip abroad, the student had not filled out his I-94 card correctly and USCIS caught the error on the student's pending OPT application, or some variation that applies to the student they are calling. This has happened to one student and one scholar on IU’s campus already.