ISS news

Post  3.21.2017

Review the below important information on

  • International Travel Restrictions on Electronic Devices
  • New CPT Process at FDU
  • ISS will now accept OPT submissions for students finishing in Spring 2017
  • U.S Presidential Executive Order - 90 Day Travel Ban - new 3.6.17
  • Connecting with ISS
  • Medical Insurance
  • Filing for Graduation

 

Travel Restrictions on Electronic Devices for 10 International Airports

The US Department of Homeland Security has implemented a Travel Ban on certain electronic devices for 10 international airports.

This restriction will take place from now until potential October 14, 2017.  Please take the necessary precautions if you are traveling from one of the airports to the United States. You may call the airline in advance from additional details.
See the below notification which is posted on the Department of Homeland Security website: 

Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.

These enhancements apply to 10 specific airports. The affected overseas airports are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

 

New CPT Process at FDU

International Student Services has implemented a new CPT process as of 2.17.17 which requires all international students who would like to particpate in an off campus work experience to have their work experience reviewed and approved by the Office of Career Development.

 

Students must throughly read and follow the required steps outlined in the CPT packet.  Failure to abide by the requirements of CPT could result in termination of the I-20 and SEVIS record.

See CPT packet and additional information at:

 

http://view2.fdu.edu/international-students/curricular-practical-training/

 

 

ISS is Now Accepting OPT Submissions

 

Are you completing your degree requirements this Spring 2017 semester or during Summer Session?

 

If you are, and you wish to apply for Post –Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), you can apply up to 90 days prior to your program completion.  
 

 

You may now review the OPT PACKET and begin collecting the necessary documents.

 

For additional information on OPT as well as the Spring 2017 OPT Packet, please visit the  

ISS OPT Webpage

 

 

ISS will hold OPT Workshops to present on the application process, rules, and responsibilities and ask any questions about the application process and what to expect.
 

Workshop Schedule Metro: 


Thursday Feb. 16th  3:00pm    Rutherford Room SUB

Tuesday Feb 28th  3:00pm  Rutherford Room SUB

Thursday March 23rd 3:00pm   Rutherford Room SUB

 

Workshop Schedule Florham:

Tuesday Feb 21st 3:00pm  ISS Office Dean of Students Suite

 

You may submit your completed OPT application packet to the Office of International Student Services to process beginning Wednesday February 15, 2017.

 

 

 

U.S. Presidential Executive Order- 90 Day Travel Ban  -  3.6.17

Attention Students - Please read the below information regarding the Travel Entry Ban 

 

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017. The administration hopes that the new order will address the legal challenges that barred enforcement of the prior 90-day entry bar on citizens of the same six countries plus Iraq, that had been instituted by Executive Order 13769 before its enforcement was enjoined by court order in February.

 

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017. The administration hopes that the new order will address the legal challenges that barred enforcement of the prior 90-day entry bar on citizens of the same six countries plus Iraq, that had been instituted by Executive Order 13769 before its enforcement was enjoined by court order in February.

 

The new Executive Order is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. eastern time (10 days after the Executive Order was signed). This calculates until June 13 or 14, 2017, depending on whether you count the first and last days of the 90-day period.

 

The new Executive Order affects citizens of six of the seven countries that had been selected in the prior 90-day bar. Iraq has been removed from the list of countries in the new executive order.

 

Iran

Libya

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

Yemen

 

An Executive Order FAQ states,

 

"Per the Executive Order, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, who are outside the United States and who did not have a valid visa at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa on the effective date of this order are not eligible to enter the United States while the temporary suspension remains in effect. Thus any individual who had a valid visa either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5:00 PM) or holds a valid visa on the effective date of the Executive Order is not barred from entry."


 

 

For more details and links on the travel ban you may click on the NAFSA - Association of International Educators - Below.

 

http://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/International_Students_and_Scholars/Travel_Advisory_for_Nationals_of_Certain_Countries_Pursuant_to_Executive_Orders/
 

 

Connecting with ISS

Please be sure to stay in touch with International Student Services either on Facebook  (FDU ISS)  or on the ISS news page

ISS FDU Facebook 

www.facebook.com/iss.fdu/

ISS News

http://view2.fdu.edu/international-students/iss-news/

 

Medical Insurance - New Students

It is University policy that all International Students are required to have medical insurance for the duration of their studies.

You will be automatically provided and billed United Health Care (UNC) medical insurance through the First Student provider for the coverage period of January 1, 2017 to August 14, 2017. The medical insurance charge of $932 will be billed to your student account after course registration and you will be able to access the UHC First Student website 48 hours after registration.

You will need to go to the First Student webpage (see below) to enroll yourself and access your plan information. To access the First Student website you will need your Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year) and your FDU ID number.

http://firststudent.com/schools/FairleighDickinsonUniversity.htm

 

On the First Student webpage you will find all of the information you need about the University Group Medical Insurance, including:

  • A complete summary of international student benefits
  • Review frequently asked questions about the insurance plan
  • Enroll to receive benefits
  • Download a temporary Heath Insurance card
  • Find a Doctor Hospital or Lab
  • Overview of prescription drug information
  • FDU Wavier Policy:   International students on FDU F-1 and J-1 sponsored immigration records are required to enroll in the FDU United Health Care medical insurance plan and are not eligible for waiver.  
    ***F-1 or J-1 students who are sponsored by a government agency and are provided medical insurance through that agency may be eligible for waiver as long as their medical insurance meets the wavier criteria.
    ***International students who are in other non immigrant visa categories that have medical insurance through a government agency or have medical insurance through a US based employer may also qualify for a waiver.
     
    Deadline to waive FDU insurance is February 28, 2017.  
    **** To waive your alterative coverage must meet the criteria stated on the following webpage:
    http://view2.fdu.edu/international-students/medical-insurance/

(Please also be aware that even if you have a comprehensive US based insurance plan provided by your employer, embassy, sponsor, or personal insurance provider it may not meet all FDU waiver criteria – in addition, most international insurance plans will not be acceptable)

If you have questions about waiver criteria or plan information you should contact First Student Advisors at: customerservice@firstriskadvisors.com  or  1-800-505-4160    

***FDU is not involved in the waiver process. All requests and decisions are processed through First Student.***

 

 

Filing For Graduation

 

Please be aware that you must file for graduation in order to be considered as a graduate of your academic program. If you do not file for graduation you will not receive a diploma and you will not have completed your degree.

 

Graduation Ceremony happens in May 2017 -  The Graduation Ceremony Does Not Equal Completion of Degree.

 

Completion of your academic program - filing for graduation - and confirmation of program completion by Enrollment Services and your academic depart = Degree completion and graduation

 

For students who graduate this semester or in the winter session you will receive your diploma in late February or early March 2017.

           

Filing for Graduation

 

Filing for gradation is the responsibility of the individual student.  This is the first step in the process to confirm your degree completion by the university, and eventually have your diploma issued.

 

If you are in the final semester of your program, or you will be finishing your program in the winter session or in  Spring 2017 semester, you must File for Graduation through Webadvisor. This process will allow Enrollment Services and your Academic Department to review your eligibility for your degree completion. If you do not file for graduation you will not officially complete your degree or receive a diploma.

 

  1. You must visit the following website to review the process to file your graduation  http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=2816
     
  2. Enrollment Services will review your are eligible to graduate  by communicating with your Academic Department
     
  3. You will receive a notification via mail stating either your are completing your program or you have additional credits remaining.  
    This notification will only be sent via mail, so you must have your mailing address up to date with ISS. To update your address with ISS you may complete the Address form located in the ISS office.

****Proof of degree completion is required in many instances for international students.  For example – proof to an employer you have a earned a degree, applying for OPT STEM Extension, Government requirements.*****

 

            

Graduation Ceremony – May 2017

In addition, by filing for graduation you will also be able to attend the graduation ceremony in May 2017. Additional information on the ceremony will be posted on the FDU webpage in the early part of Spring 2017 semester.  
 
ISS will also post this information on the ISS FDU Facebook page, ISS News, and via email to enrolled Spring semester students. If you are completing your program this December or January please be sure to check either ISS FDU Facebook or ISS News for more information in the middle of February.

 

ISS FDU Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/iss.fdu/

 

ISS News  http://view2.fdu.edu/international-students/iss-news/