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Post September 14, 2018

Review the below important information on:

  • Optional Practical Training – you may submit
  • Medical Insurance for International Students
  • EPS Classes and Immigration rule
  • Less Than Full Time – Final Semester
  • CPT for Fall 2018
  • File for Graduation
  • Connecting with ISS

Optional Practical Training

F-1 students who are completing their academic programs this semester or during the Winter session can apply for OPT with ISS starting Monday September 17th.

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

Students may schedule an appointment at any time to discuss OPT, or come to Walk In Advising Hours at Metro campus.

See the ISS OPT webpage for additional details on the OPT process, OPT Request Forms, and Workshop Schedule.

Medical Insurance for International Students

All international students will be automatically provided and billed medical insurance through United Health Care for the coverage period of  August 15, 2018 to August 14. 2019 (fall semester and returning students).

The medical insurance will be charged to your FDU student account after course registration. International students must enroll themselves into the medical insurance plan in order to have access to the United Health Care insurance plan.

Returning students may access the insurance program after August 15.

New students may access the insurance program 48 hours after course registration.

Go to the following webpage for additional enrollment and insurance information.

Students due to graduation in December 2018 will be charged the full year of insurance and may request a half-year reimbursement in January after program completion is confirmed by Enrollment Services. See the above webpage for additional details on this process.

Students Taking EPS Fall 2018 – New Immigration Rules

EPS classes are considered English Language Support Classes.

Although at FDU EPS courses are considered 3 credit courses that can be used toward your university full time study registration and therefore eligible toward your scholarship, they do not count as part of a full time study for immigration status.

You must review the following webpage for additional deals about the immigration rules related to EPS classes:

Less Than Full Time Enrollment – Fall 2018

Are you entering your final academic semester in the Fall 2018 and do not have a full course load to complete your degree?

If yes, then you must submit the ISS Less Than Full Time Enrollment Form to ISS.
Complete the LFT Enrollment form located in ISS in the FORMS area or download the form. - This form must be completed by the student as well as academic advisor, then submitted to ISS.

Curricular Practical Training

Are you planning to do Curricular Practical Training (CPT) during Fall 2018? Please keep in mind the FDU policy regarding CPT is any off campus work experience needs to have a work authorization attached to it either in the form of CPT or OPT. This will include all paid or unpaid work, including off campus internships and training experiences. If you are working without authorization it is considered a violation of immigration status.

Processing times for CPT is 5 – 7 business days and requires you submit the completed CPT packet to an ISS advisor during Walk-In Advising Hours (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2pm-5pm). If you plan to begin CPT during the Fall session you must apply early to ensure you can begin on time.  

You must remember that you cannot begin working until you have been approved by our office and a new I-20 has been issued. For information on the CPT process, please visit the Office of International Student Services website, or come to the office to pick up the CPT application package.

File for Graduation

Filing for graduation 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 this Fall 2018 is your final semester of your program, 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:
  2. Enrollment Services will review you are eligible to graduate by communicating with your Academic Department
  3. You will receive a notification via mail stating either you 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 2019

In addition, by filing for graduation you will also be able to attend the graduation ceremony in May 2019. Additional information on the ceremony will be posted on the FDU webpage in the early part of Spring 2019 semester.

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

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