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2015 Law Center Immigration Session

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Transcript of 2015 Law Center Immigration Session

Office of Graduate Programs
F-1 Visa
Session

Contact
Info
Governing Documents
Immigration
Documents
Maintaining
Status
Travel
Taxes
&
Driver's Licenses
Employment
Opportunities
Georgetown University Law Center
Summer Walk-in Hours
Appointments
Travel Signatures
- Legal Name Changes
- Address Changes
- Funding Changes
- Program Changes
- Status Changes
- Off-campus work
Full-Time Status
Exceptions
to FT Status
Reporting
Requirements
Medical Exception (documented physical or mental health issue)

Academic Exception (rarely granted)


Program
Completion
Transfer
Leave of Absence
Early Completion
Extension
Joint
Degree
Change of Program
Suspension
or
Expulsion
Program end dates must be amended when any of the following occur.
Avoid Violating Laws and Regulations
There may be civil or criminal penalties for not complying with state and federal laws and regulations. Violations may impact your non-immigrant status.
Alcohol
Drugs
Traffic Violations
Employment
F-2 Dependents
NO
Employment
Full-time Study
YES
Part-time Study
Volunteering
Travel Documents
I-20 Form w/valid travel signature
Valid passport
Unexpired F-1 Visa
Financial Documentation
Unofficial Transcript
SEVIS fee receipt
60 Day
Grace Period

Volunteering
Off-Campus
Employment
Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Must be an F-1 student for one year before eligible
directly related to field of study
application required, 3 month processing time
Most student apply for OPT if taking the New York Bar
Work with an
International Organization
no waiting period
not related to field of study
application required
FT/PT restrictions apply
Attend an Employment Workshop!
Summer 2015
Pledge & Quiz
Test Your Knowledge!
Where can you find your program end date on your I-20?

Does your visa need to be valid for the entire time you are in the U.S.?

How long is the grace period at the end of your studies?

What documents need to be presented at the border after travel abroad?

How many days do you have to report an address change?

When can you apply for OPT?

When are you eligible to work off campus?

When are you eligible for a social security number?
Social Security Numbers
Must be active in SEVIS

Replacement Cards

Must have offer of on-campus employment or CPT/OPT
Taxes
April 15, 2015
Complete Form 8843

Attend a Tax Workshop

Request a Glacier Prep password
Immigration Documents
Contact Information
Maintaining Status
Travel, Taxes and Driver's License
Employment
F-1 Pledge and Quiz
www.cbp.gov/i94
Driver's License
Do you want to drive in the U.S.?


Get your state driver's license at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Check DMV website for required documents. You may need letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration
On-Campus Work
Not necessarily related to
field of study
Social Security Number
Full-time
v.s.
Part-time
Social Security
Authorization
Letter

I-9
Process
No authorization required

Does not have to be related to field of study

Never paid positions

Cannot reject wages

Admission Stamp
Travel Signatures
When Graduate Programs is Closed
www.law.georgetown.edu/go/visa
Emergency (DPS):
202.662-9325
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
2-4 p.m.

Wednesday and Fridays
no walk in hours
May be scheduled with outside of walk-in hours
cmb94@law.georgetown.edu OR
lawcentervisa@georgetown.edu
Full time for LL.M. and SJD students is 8 credits per semester. Full time for J.D. students is 12 credits per semester.

You also need to take enough credits to complete your program by the end date on your I-20. Taking the minimum number of credits each semester will not give you enough credits to graduate by your program end date.

Federal regulations require that you complete all program requirements by the end date on your I-20.

Anytime you wish to drop below the number of courses required by your program in a given semester, you must contact your international student advisor immediately!

Example
Program structure
Susan's degree
progress
8/20/2013
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3
Semester 4
10 credits
10 credits
15 credits
12 credits
9 credits
10 credits
15 credits
15 credits
5/17/2015
Caution:

unauthorized drop below jeopardizes legal status
Drop below requires prior authorization
Drop below requires prior authorization
45 credits = program completion
Curricular Practical Training
Authorized when an outside work experience is required as part of a course
Authorized for all externships, and some practicum classes
Apply at the end of the add/drop period
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