ISS news

Post November 2, 2017

Review the below important information on:

  • International Education Week Nov 13 – Nov 17
  • File for Graduation
  • Travel Signature Days at Metro ISS
  • OPT Submissions to ISS
  • New Immigration rules regarding EPS classes
  • CPT for Fall 2017
  • New Executive Order – 8 countries under travel ban
  • International Travel Restrictions on Electronic Devices
  • Connecting with ISS

International Education Week

"The World is our Classroom"

Come join the FDU Community in the International Education Week. There will be events on and off campus from Monday, November 13 through Friday, November 17. International Education Week is an opportunity for students curious of expanding their knowledge in international education and studying abroad. Students attending are assured to gain new perspectives of international education and activities.

See the IEW event list

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 2017 is your final semester of your program, or you will be finishing your program in the winter session, or your are finishing in the Spring 2018 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:
  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 2018

In addition, by filing for graduation you will also be able to attend the graduation ceremony in May 2018. Additional information on the ceremony will be posted on the FDU webpage in the early part of Spring 2018 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.

Travel Signature Days at Metro ISS 

Tuesday Dec 5 and Thursday Dec 14 9:00AM to 4:30PM

A valid travel signature is required to re-enter the U.S.You can come to ISS to receive a travel signature on your I-20 or DS 2019 in approximately 20 minutes 

  • You must have your FDU ID card
  • You must wait in ISS while your I-20 or DS 2019 is being signed
  • You cannot bring a friend’s I-20 or DS 2019 to be signed
  • The travel signature is valid for twelve months on your I-20 or six months on your DS 2019   (If you currently have a travel signature and will return to the US before the signature expires you do not need a new one)
  • You may only receive a travel signature at your respective campus  -  Florham students may contact Maria Arenas for a travel signature

Optional Practical Training

F-1 students who are completing their academic programs this semester or during the winter session can now apply for OPT with ISS.

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.

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

Students Taking EPS Fall 2017 – 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:

Curricular Practical Training

Are you planning to do Curricular Practical Training (CPT) during Fall 2017? 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 to 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.

Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order – New Presidential Travel Ban

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, restricting entry to the United Sates for the nationals of eight countries. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country.

The eight countries subject to the Proclamation are:

  • Chad
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Somalia

For details on the new Entry Bar please go to the following website:

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 for additional details.

See the notification 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)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Additional Travel considerations and visa renewal can be read at the following ISS webpage:

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

ISS News