OIS closing at 3pm on April 11th
Our office will be closing at 3pm on Friday, April 11th for our end of the year event! Please join us on Centennial Campus from 4pm - 6pm as we celebrate the closing of another great chapter!
Final Semester RCL Announcement
Thesis and Dissertation students requesting RCL's for the spring 2014 semester must provide on the RCL Form the date of their already-scheduled defense, and that date must be on or before March 26th - the "Registration Required ETD Review Deadline / Apply to Graduate Deadline / Doctoral Graduation Attendance Notification (DGAN) Deadline". Students who have not already scheduled their defense to occur before this date do not qualify for the final semester RCL.
New Automated I-94 Process
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun a new I-94 process. International students and scholars may not be issued a paper I-94 when entering the US. International students and scholars will need to print their i-94 themselves by visiting the CBP I-94 Retrieval web page. More information about the new I-94 process and which ports of entry will stop issuing paper I-94s can be found on the CBP web page.
It has been brought to our attention that a very sophisticated scam is targeting international students in eastern US. A student was contacted by someone claiming to work for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and was informed that their I-94 card is incorrect and that he/she needs to either leave the country or pay a large fee. IF YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, PLEASE CONTACT THE OIS OR CAMPUS POLICE IMMEDIATELY. To read more about similar issue, learn how to avoid scams or report them, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/avoidscams
New minimum student insurance requirements
International students are eligible to waive out of the Student Blue plan. As this is a system-wide required plan with a waiver option, international students may be able to waive out of the Student Blue plan if proof of suitable alternate coverage can be provided. For the Fall 2013 semester, all waivers must be processed by September 10th.
Minimum alternate insurance requirements for international students are as follows:
- Provide $50,000 per accident or illness
- Provide coinsurance of at least 80% for in-network services
- Provide a policy year deductible no greater than $500
- Provide maximum of $7,500 for repatriation of remains to the home country & a minimum of $10,000 for medical evacuation to the home country