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2016 Law Center Immigration Session
Transcript of 2016 Law Center Immigration Session
Georgetown University Law Center
Fall Walk-in Hours
- Legal Name Changes
- Address Changes
- Funding Changes
- Program Changes
- Status Changes
- Off-campus work
to FT Status
Medical Exception (documented physical or mental health issue)
Leave of Absence
Change of Program
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.
Tax Return Filing
I-20 Form w/valid travel signature
Unexpired F-1 Visa
SEVIS fee receipt
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
no waiting period
not related to field of study
FT/PT restrictions apply
for paid and unpaid positions
Attend an Employment Workshop!
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
Must have offer of on-campus employment or CPT/OPT
April 15, 2017
Complete Form 8843
Attend a Tax Workshop
Request a Glacier Prep password
Tax Office/ SSN Reporting
Travel, Taxes and Driver's License
F-1 Pledge and Quiz
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
Not necessarily related to
field of study
Social Security Number
No authorization required
Does not have to be related to field of study
Never paid positions
Cannot reject wages
When Graduate Programs is Closed
Monday: 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday: 1-3 p.m.
May be scheduled with outside of walk-in hours
JD students, 2-year LL.M. students, General, ILS, IBEL, National Security, Global Health, and Environmental LL.M.
J-1 Students, SJD students, Tax and Securities LL.M., OPT students
Colleen Ference Burke:
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!
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
Office of Graduate Programs
Hotung Suite 5000
600 New Jersey Ave. NW
Off Campus Emergency:
Harm to person or property
Public Demonstrations/ Protests
Metro System regulations