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Graduate Students: Certificate of Full Time Status
September 21, 2015
Note: Effective this year, the Graduate School has implemented a deadline for submission of the Certificate of Full Time Status to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline to submit this certification is the financial deadline to drop a class for each Fall and Spring semester. In Fall 2015, the financial drop deadline is September 21.
To be considered full-time for immigration purposes, a graduate student must be registered for 9 credit hours per semester except in the last semester (if fewer credits are needed to graduate), OR you file a Certificate of Full Time Status. Therefore, for immigration purposes graduate students must file the Certificate of Full Time Status with the Registrar’s Office by September 21, 2015.
All Students: Last Semester Memo
September 21, 2015
If Fall 2015 will be your last semester, and you are registered less than full-time (Graduate students: 9 credit hours, Undergraduate students: 12 credit hours) you must file a Last Semester Memo with the Slutzker Center no later than September 21.
Note: you can only have one last semester. Please discuss any concerns you have about not being able to graduate with your academic department before you submit this form. Once you submit a Last Semester Memo, we will adjust the expected completion date on your I-20 accordingly.
Both forms are available on our website, under forms.
On June 26, 2015, the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released a newly designed I-20 form and requires that all active I-20s be replaced by July 1, 2016. You can continue to use your current I-20 for travel, driver’s licenses, Social Security Number applications, I-9 verifications, until you receive the new document.
The Slutzker Center is creating a plan to replace your I-20 during the Fall semester. Please watch the SCIS News for further information about this process.
F-1 and J-1 students must be registered as full-time students, or establish their full-time status
On August 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a court decision finding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow required procedures when it created the STEM extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) back in 2008. The Court decision dictates that the STEM extension of OPT will no longer exist after February 12, 2016 but gives DHS six months (from August 12, 2015 until February 12, 2016) to submit the STEM extension regulations again following proper procedures. These 6 months should give DHS enough time to reissue the STEM extension regulations following proper procedures.
In the meantime, this court decision has no immediate impact on the employment authorization of students currently authorized for the STEM extension of OPT. This court decision does not prevent students who are eligible for the STEM extension of OPT from applying for the STEM extension by February 12, 2016. To be eligible for the STEM extension of OPT, you must be authorized for OPT on the basis of your program of study in a STEM field and have employment with an employer that participates in E-verify. You may apply for the STEM extension up to 120 days before the end date of your authorized OPT.
We have been informed that DHS is reviewing this court decision and will issue guidance in the next few weeks. We will inform you of any guidance we receive.
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