Review the below important information on
- 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
- Connecting with ISS
- Medical Insurance
- Filing for Graduation
New CPT Process at FDU
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.
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
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
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.
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:
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You must visit the following website to review the process to file your graduation http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=2816
Enrollment Services will review your are eligible to graduate by communicating with your Academic Department
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/