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  1. International Student Orientation 2010 Fordham University Office for International Services

  2. OIS Staff • Salvatore Longarino, Director • Kelly Roberts, Assistant Director (LC) • Kimberly Carr, Assistant Director (RH) • Melanie Harvey, Assistant • Edwina N’Guessan, Student Worker (RH)

  3. Diplomatic Corp! Lincoln Center • Meriam Manell Sassi • Qian Xu • Meng Zhang (Mia) • Bihan Zhu Rose Hill • SiHein Goh • Ryann Hall • Jessica Lemire • Mengyuan Ni (Candice) • Indita Probosutedjo • Wenchang Qian • Zhihan Qiu (Tony) • Xinhua Zhu

  4. Orientation Packets • What OIS Can Do For You! • U.S Classroom Culture • Campus Map • Fordham Health Insurance Plan • Managing Your Money • Health and Wellness • Medical Insurance

  5. Who are we? • Your most reliable source for “international” information as long as you are a retaining Fordham’s F-1 status or being a non-immigrant student at Fordham Open 10 am – 4 pm Please check website for advising hours

  6. Covered Topics • Immigration Regulations • Health Insurance • Claim Form • Travel Issues • Housing • Banking • Cell Phones and Credit Cards • Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards • Social Security Cards • Employment

  7. Immigration Regulations • What do we do? Special office offering special services for special population • Immigration regulations compliance for our institution and clients • Adjustment to new academic, social and cultural environment • Advocacy for international education and our international community Read the sections on the website, for more info…

  8. Immigration Regulations • Who is non-immigrant? • B • F • J • H OVER 40 CATEGORIES FOR MORE INFO... Read the sections on our website….

  9. Immigration Regulations • VISA vs. STATUS? Admitted to school Financial Documentation I-20 or DS-2019 Received F-1 VISA (STICKER) at Embassy Started F-1 STATUS in the US Entered US FOR MORE INFO... Read the sections on the website….

  10. Immigration Regulations • What should I do to Maintain my “Legal Status”? • Unexpired Fordham I-20 & DS-2019 • Unexpired Passport • Valid I-94 • Notify changes on your “completion date”, “education program and level info” FOR MORE INFO... Read the sections on the website….

  11. MAKE SURE ALL YOUR GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS HAVE YOUR NAME WRITTEN AS YOUR PASSPORT PASSPORT Surname = Family Name = Last Name Given Name = First Name Valid Until Date

  12. VISA Expiration Date Must be Valid for ENTRY to the U.S. Can be expired WHILE in the U.S. F1 Visa Type Expiration Date

  13. I-20 Completion Date Must always be in the future

  14. PAGE 3 Travel Signature Endorsement must be less than 6 months old when you travel Travel Signature

  15. I-94 CARD Duration of Status Must say F-1 and D/S • Print your name as it is written on your Form I-20 • If only one name, print in Family name block, & enter FNU in First Name field • Spacing is important! • No Hyphens (-) permitted! Back side- should have your SEVIS number written

  16. Immigration Regulations • What should I do to Maintain my “Legal Status”? • File Required IRS forms, even if you did not make any income • Report address changes (in 10 days) • Do not work illegally! • ENROLL FULL-TIME!!! Do not drop below a full-course load before letting us know first. FOR MORE INFO... Read the sections on the website….

  17. Immigration Regulations • What should I do to Maintain my “Legal Status”? • When transferring to another school consult with us. • Get a new I-20 or DS-2019 if you change your degree program (example from IPED to Economics) or education level (example from MA to PhD) within Fordham. FOR MORE INFO... Read the sections on the website….

  18. Immigration Regulations • What is full-time according to immigration regulations? • 12 credits undergraduate • 9 credits graduate or an approved excuse. FOR MORE INFO... Read the sections on the website….

  19. Immigration Regulations • Words of Wisdom Regarding Immigration issues: • Never go to or call “Immigration”, IRS, SSA or any Federal Office without consulting us first! • Also include Banks and DMV above • Consult with us first regarding immigration issues and then listen to friends, family etc. Immigration is a complex thing. Not two individuals will have the same cases.

  20. Health Insurance • Federal & Fordham Requirement to have health insurance • You are automatically billed for FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE • Annual Cost: $1134 • $408 Fall Semester (August 23, 2010 to December 31, 2010) • $726 Spring Semester (January 1, 2011 to August 23, 2011)

  21. Health Insurance • Waiving Fordham Health Insurance possible based on “comparable” not “any other” policy, Sept 15 deadline • Fordham Insurance ID Cards accessed online once logged into Health EU • Coverage Info on Health EU website

  22. Fordham International Online Process for Student Health Insurance

  23. Go To URL: www.Fordham.edu/OIS Connect To On-Line Insurance Registration From Your Web Browser… • Click on “Current Students” on left side. Then click on Health and Safety. Then click on Health Insurance Info. • Click on the “SECURE Insurance registration process” and follow instructions. • Direct link is: https://secure.visitaci.com/insurance/Fordham/

  24. Registration Page • Select the International Student option

  25. Choose if you must enroll in the school insurance plan or if you are eligible to request waiver Access the plan documents Selection Page Let’s Explore The Enrollment Option First Access 2010-11 Policy Information

  26. Enter your Student ID Number and Date of Birth Begin Insurance Enrollment Process

  27. Student Information Page • Enter your personal information • Respond to the 4 questions under Miscellaneous Information

  28. Other Insurance Information • Enter your ‘other’ insurance information, • If you have no other insurance, click on Next Page

  29. Dependent Coverage Option • If you wish to purchase coverage for a dependent, select the Add Dependent button and enter the information for your dependent • If you have no dependents to add, click Next Page

  30. Coverage Option Page • Select the Plan Option • View the Brochure

  31. Confirm Enrollment Page • The premium charge confirms the amount already billed on your Student Account • Confirm your Enrollment into the Student Insurance Plan

  32. Enrollment Confirmation Page • You will receive an e-mail confirming your enrollment • Print your ID Card from the selection provided

  33. Choose if you must enroll in the school insurance plan or if you are eligible to waive Selection Page Now Let’s Explore The Waiver Option

  34. Read and Follow the Waiver Process Instructions Enter your Student ID Number and Date of Birth Check off “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” Begin Insurance Waiver Process

  35. Student Information Page • Enter your personal information • Respond to the 4 questions under Miscellaneous Information

  36. Insurance Details Other Insurance Information • Enter your current insurance information • Provide information on the type of coverage your plan provides

  37. Confirm Online Waiver Application • Print page for your records, then click on logout button • This will complete the online waiver process, however...

  38. Your waiver application is not complete until your policy has been reviewed by the International Office at Fordham.

  39. Waiver Process Instructions: • Complete the on-line insurance waiver request • Print out a copy of your completed waiver request (Print the final page of this process) • Obtain an English copy of your insurance policy • Highlight the Policy Maximum, the Deductible amount, and the Medical Evacuation and Repatriation benefit amounts. • Take the English copy of your insurance policy to the Office of International Services (OIS) along with your printed copy of your completed waiver request for their review within 5 days of completing this process (entire process must be completed before September 15, 2008). • Failure to completely follow these instructions will result in the Student Insurance charge remaining on your Student Account.

  40. Fordham International Online Process for Student Health Insurance Completed

  41. How to Complete a CLAIM form • Save ALL Receipts • Complete the Claim form and mail in within 30 days • Claim form can be found on the OIS website, or from the OIS office

  42. Page 2

  43. TRAVEL • VALID VISA • VALID PASSPORT • ENDORSED I-20/DS-2019 THINGS TO KNOW • CONTINGUOUS TERRITORY & ADJACENT ISLANDS • AUTOMATIC REVALIDATION • I-515 • OPT • ENTERING WITH THE WRONG VISA

  44. Housing • On-campus • Undergraduates: Available to all • Graduates: • RH: Keith Plaza- Only • LC: University owned apartments available only to GBA, LAW, GSS and GSE students. (Call Lincoln Center Graduate Res. Life) • Off-campus • Apartment hunting: • Utilize friends, Village Voice, Craigslist etc… (Links to some websites on our website) • Check bulletin outside the Res. Life Office for listings (Alumni Court North Basement, R-Hill)

  45. Housing • Leases • Credit check and References • Common practice: 1month rent + 1 month security + 1 month broker’s fee (if renting thru broker)

  46. Banking • Open a checking account • We will give you a letter if desired • You can open one without a SS#, but some banks (Chase for instance) charge extra to do a background check without SS#. The ones that do not have such a policy as far as we know: • Citibank • Bank of New York • Wachovia

  47. Cell Phones and Credit Cards • Social Security number and cell phone company • What to do? • Fordham Ram Cell • Prepaid cards • How to build a credit history? • Open Checking account • Secure credit card • Be selective, be aware of interest rates & fees • Establish good credit habits as soon as possible

  48. Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards Apply for license at NY Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV) : • Social Security card (2 points). If not eligible get letter from SS Office that states ineligible for Social #. Letter shouldn’t be more than 30 days old. • Proof of Identification = 6 points Total including Proof of Date of Birth How to get 6 points if no Social Security Number: • Passport, Visa, I-94, I-20 = 3 points (Proof of Date of Birth) • Health Insurance card, Utility bill = 1 point EACH • ONE of the following items: Bank statement, Cancelled check, US credit card = 1 point TOTAL After one semester: US College ID & Official Transcript = 2 points NY ID Cards (not for driving): Same as above (4 pts + SS or SS letter + 6 pts)

  49. Social Security Cards • Changes in law make it harder to get • Use our office to get services w/o a Social Security number. • If qualify: Come to the office to get a letter and instructions on where to go • Takes about 2-3 weeks to get SS

  50. Employment Authorization WORK ON-CAMPUS OFF-CAMPUS PRACTICAL TRAINING ECONOMIC NEED CPT OPT BEFORE COMPLETION OF STUDY AFTER COMPLETION OF STUDY