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  • Summer Enrollment/Distance Education - North Carolina A&T State University
    months of academic enrollment This means you will be required to show additional funds for financial support to include summer enrollment Contact the ISSO for further details and requirements at isso ncat edu IMPORTANT NOTE Any international student who is on campus working towards their thesis and dissertation projects during the summer are required to register for at least one credit hour NO EXCEPTIONS Any work completed on campus that will count towards or academic credit will be earned for degree completion requires course enrollment Those who enroll during the summer are only eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week The 40 hour per week benefit does not apply with class enrollment during any semester session Distance Education On line Course F 1 and J 1 students are eligible for one on line distance education class or 3 credits per semester session to be counted towards the full course of study requirement An international student must receive approval from an International Advisor in the ISSO by completing a Distance Education Clearance Form for International Students before enrolling in distance education courses Note This form is distributed by ISSO only For additional information on distance education as it relates to an international student please contact us at isso ncat edu or 334 7551 Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and World Report ranks the COE in the top third of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs ERC Research N C A T is the home of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ERC Ag Research SAES brought in more than 20 million in research grant funding Webb Hall The School of Agriculture and Environmental

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  • Dependent Information & Family Visit Invitation - North Carolina A&T State University
    purchased for family members Students at North Carolina A T State University are required to purchase and maintain medical insurance for self and all dependents in the U S during their stay at the University As a student you are required to maintain the University s Health Plan For dependent coverage you can use an alternate medical insurance agency However the plan must meet the specifications as stated by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service USCIS The student must provide proof of medical coverage upon the entry of dependents Insurance benefits must be in English and acceptable for use in the U S as well as meet USCIS specifications Dependents Employment F 2 dependents may not accept employment or engage in business under any circumstances J 2 dependents are permitted to apply for an Employment Authorization Document EAD from USCIS in order to be employed in the United States The J 2 may begin employment only after receiving the EAD from USCIS J 2 dependents are eligible to apply to USCIS for employment authorization so long as the employment is not for the purpose of supporting the J 1 J 2 dependents interested in applying for work authorization must speak with an International Student Advisor in the International Students and Scholars Office Dependents Education F 2 The F 2 spouse of an F 1 student may not engage in full time study and the F 2 child may only engage in full time study if the study is in an elementary or secondary school kindergarten through twelfth grade The F 2 spouse and child may engage in study that is vocational or recreational in nature An F 2 spouse or F 2 child desiring to engage in full time study other than that allowed for a child by USCIS regulations must apply for and obtain a change of nonimmigrant classification to F 1 J 1 or M 1 status An F 2 spouse or F 2 child violates his or her nonimmigrant status by engaging in full time study except as provided in the above paragraphs of this section J 2 Currently there is no written restriction in the Exchange Visitors regulations that states a J 2 dependent cannot pursue a course of study Until such a restriction appears in the regulations themselves there is no restriction for J 2 dependents However dependents of a J 1 may only attend school provided the principal maintains status J 2 dependents are not eligible for on campus employment with approved work authorization from USCIS Family Visit Invitation If an F 1 student or J 1 student scholar wishes to invite their parents or other relatives to visit the United States temporarily they must write a letter of invitation in order for their relatives to obtain a temporary visa from the American Consulate The ISSO will only write a letter to confirm your legal status in the US The following information should be completed and obtained by the student scholar A letter of

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  • Change in Program of Study/Degree Level - North Carolina A&T State University
    Program of Study Degree Level When a student progresses from one level of study to another changes the program of study including thesis to non thesis or applies for a co major it is necessary that Immigrations be notified for F 1 students and the Exchange Visitor Program for J 1 students This process occurs when you change the program of study move from a Bachelor s to Master s from a Master s to a Doctorate or from a Doctorate back to Master s degree or pursue a co major at the same institution A new financial guarantee form for financial responsibility will be required in order to issue a new Form I 20 or DS 2019 to complete the notification process to Immigrations or the Exchange Visitor Program Change in Program of Study Curriculum If you plan to change your curriculum or pursue a co major you will need to make an appointment with an ISSO Advisor for instructions on how to process the requested change In order to issue a new Form I 20 or DS 2019 to complete the notification process to Immigrations or the Exchange Visitor Program for the change in curriculum or co major the following documents are needed Curriculum Change Form Program of Study Completion Form This form must be completed by your Academic Advisor to certify that you have continuously enrolled for a full course of study and provide a new expected date of completion required A new Financial Guarantee Form You must make an appointment to meet with an ISSO advisor to process a new Certificate of Eligibility I 20 or DS 2019 Change in Degree Level If you request a change from one degree level to another you must provide the following documents Letter of Acceptance or Change Approval from the appropriate Admissions Office certifying you meet all requirements for admission at the new degree level A new Financial Guarantee Form You must make an appointment to meet with an ISSO Advisor to process a new Certificate of Eligibility I 20 or DS 2019 Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and World Report ranks the COE in the top third of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs ERC Research N C A T is the home of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ERC Ag Research SAES brought in more than 20 million in research grant funding Webb Hall The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences SAES is the largest among the nation s HBCUs F D Bluford Library F D Bluford Library is one of the region s premier research libraries Engineering Professor and Student The MSIT Online Program in the School of Technology is nationally ranked by U S News World Report next prev Academic Excellence A T had ninety eight student athletes earn a cumulative 3 0 grade point average or higher for the

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  • Dropping Below Full-Time Course Load - North Carolina A&T State University
    complete a minimum course load each semester undergraduate students 12 semester hours graduate students 9 semester hours International students are not allowed to withdraw from classes without the knowledge and consent of the ISSO An ISSO signature is required before any request to drop below the required number of hours is processed It is your responsibility to inform the ISSO if you are having difficulty in classes resulting in the need to decrease the number of hours Dropping below the required number of hours without permission from the ISSO will result in significant penalties and could lead to a violation Exceptions to maintaining full time enrollment given consideration by the USCIS are listed below Undergraduate and Graduate non thesis students who are in the final semester of study may take less than 12 credit hours undergraduates and less than 9 credit hours graduate non thesis if the lesser course credits are all that are needed to complete the program of study and graduate at the end of that semester Graduate students who are doing thesis or dissertation research only and are in the final semester of study may take less than 9 credit hours if the lesser is all that is required to graduate at the end of that final semester Approval for Extension of Stay following the final semester will require the approval of the academic advisor the department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School effective Spring Semester 2003 International students are not required by USCIS to register for 12 credit hours undergraduate or 9 credit hours graduate level during summer sessions If however students are doing research or thesis work toward the completion of their degree during a summer session and expect to receive academic credit toward the completion of the degree they must register for the class during the session in which the work is being completed Medical illness that prevents full time studying Matters in this regard require full documentation and approval by ISSO Reference will be made to new USCIS regulations identifying reinstatement procedures before approval can be granted There are categories of illness that might not meet reinstatement approval status that have in the past i e pregnancy pregnancy complications etc Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and World Report ranks the COE in the top third of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs ERC Research N C A T is the home of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ERC Ag Research SAES brought in more than 20 million in research grant funding Webb Hall The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences SAES is the largest among the nation s HBCUs F D Bluford Library F D Bluford Library is one of the region s premier research libraries Engineering Professor and Student The MSIT Online Program in the School of Technology is nationally ranked by U S News

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  • Program Extension - North Carolina A&T State University
    the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service USCIS once the required paperwork is submitted The ISSO will process program extension requests as allowed by USCIS J 1 Exchange Visitor Program regulations and notify the USCIS J 1 Exchange Visitor Program of your new completion date F 1 Students If you are an F 1 student and need a program extension you must apply within the 30 day period before the expiration date on your Form I 20 In order to obtain a program extension you must show that you have continually maintained status and that the extension is needed for compelling academic or medical reasons such as a change of major or research topic unexpected research problems or a documented illness Delays in completing your program caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension approval If the completion of studies date has expired or if you do not meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a program extension you may need to apply to USCIS for reinstatement to lawful F 1 status if eligible Serious consequences including deportation and or being barred from re entering the U S may result from lengthy or willful overstays J 1 Students If you are a J 1 student you are eligible to apply for a program extension at least two to four months before your permission of stay expires as noted on your Form DS 2019 You need to contact the J 1 Responsible Officer about an extension of stay and ask for instructions on how to apply If you have a DS 2019 issued by North Carolina A T State University the J 1 Responsible Officer would be an ISSO advisor Delays in completion of studies which are caused by academic probation suspension or financial difficulties are not acceptable reasons for a program extension If the completion of studies date has expired or if you do not meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a program extension you may need to apply for reinstatement to lawful J 1 status if eligible Serious consequences including deportation and or being barred from re entering the U S may result from lengthy or willful overstays Program Extension Application Process Program of Study Completion Form this form must be completed by the appropriate faculty member in your department Proof of Financial Support You must present the required funding information for the remainder of program either in the form of a current bank statement certifying the required funds on deposit or an assistantship award letter Completion of Form I 538 provided by ISSO Once your program extension application is complete the ISSO will prepare the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility Form I 20 or Form DS 2019 showing your new completion date and notify USCIS J 1 Exchange Visitor Program of the change Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and

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  • Reinstatement - North Carolina A&T State University
    Orientation Reinstatement The ISSO will assist F 1 students in applying for reinstatement to legal student status if certain qualifications are met for the petition The ISSO does not have the approval authority and all petitions are submitted to the USCIS through SEVIS for review adjudication and final decision The applicant will be informed of the final decision The Out of Status Student may apply to the USCIS for reinstatement if at least one of the following reasons applies The student has not been out of status for more than five 5 months at the time of filing the request for reinstatement or demonstrates that the failure to file within the five 5 month period was the result of exceptional circumstances and that the student filed the request for reinstatement as promptly as possible under these exceptional circumstances The student does not have a record of repeated or willful violations of service regulations The student is currently pursuing or intending to pursue a full course of study in the immediate future at the school which issued the form I 20 The student has not engaged in unauthorized employment The student is not deportable on any grounds other than those specified by USCIS The student has established to the satisfaction of the Service by a detailed showing either that The violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond the student s control Such circumstances might include serious injury or illness closure of the institution a natural disaster or inadvertence oversight or neglect on the part of the DSO but do not include instances where a pattern of repeated violations or were a willful failure on the part of the student resulting in the need for reinstatement or The violation relates to a reduction in the student s course load that would have been within a DSO s power to authorize and that failure to approve reinstatement would result in extreme hardship to the student If the USCIS does not approve the reinstatement request the student may not appeal that decision and should prepare to depart the United States Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and World Report ranks the COE in the top third of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs ERC Research N C A T is the home of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ERC Ag Research SAES brought in more than 20 million in research grant funding Webb Hall The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences SAES is the largest among the nation s HBCUs F D Bluford Library F D Bluford Library is one of the region s premier research libraries Engineering Professor and Student The MSIT Online Program in the School of Technology is nationally ranked by U S News World Report next prev Academic Excellence A T had ninety eight student athletes earn a cumulative 3 0 grade point average or higher

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  • Withdrawal - North Carolina A&T State University
    Student Orientation Withdrawal International Students who plan to withdraw from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or plan to take a leave of absence or plan to be outside the U S for one or more semesters should consult with the ISSO to discuss how these plans will affect their current and future immigration status After the fact notification is not acceptable and will result in students being out of Status An international student who requests a leave of absence may be eligible to interrupt his her program of study if certain procedures are followed Undergraduate Students Undergraduate students may only interrupt the program of study by withdrawing from the University You should consult with an ISSO regarding circumstances for withdrawal The request for withdrawal is processed by the Counseling Services Office Murphy Hall Room 108 A signature from an ISSO Advisor must be on the Withdrawal Request Form You will be advised as to the immigration ramifications of a withdrawal Graduate Students Graduate students in good academic standing may interrupt their program of study for valid reasons e g family illness etc by requesting a leave of absence from graduate study for a definite period of time not to exceed one 1 calendar year The request for leave of absence must be coordinated through the academic department to the Graduate School It is your responsibility to notify the ISSO of this recommendation and provide a copy of the official recommendation letter An ISSO Advisor will then inform you as to how this leave of absence may affect your nonimmigrant status The ISSO will notify the Graduate School that you have contacted the ISSO and have been counseled regarding any legal consequences of taking a leave of absence In order to resume your program of study you will be required to apply for re admission to NCA TSU and complete a new Financial Guarantee Certification before a new Form I 20 F 1 or DS 2019 J 1 can be issued If you have pending matters with the University additional requirements may be requested Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and World Report ranks the COE in the top third of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs ERC Research N C A T is the home of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ERC Ag Research SAES brought in more than 20 million in research grant funding Webb Hall The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences SAES is the largest among the nation s HBCUs F D Bluford Library F D Bluford Library is one of the region s premier research libraries Engineering Professor and Student The MSIT Online Program in the School of Technology is nationally ranked by U S News World Report next prev Academic Excellence A T had ninety eight student athletes earn a cumulative 3 0 grade point average or higher for

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  • Departure - North Carolina A&T State University
    has completed a course of study and any authorized Practical Training following completion of studies will be allowed an additional sixty 60 day period to prepare for 1 departure from the United States 2 transfer to another SEVIS approved institution or 3 have applied for a change in legal status to USCIS An F 1 student authorized by the Designated School Office DSO to withdraw from the University will be allowed a fifteen 15 day period for departure from the United States However an F 1 student who fails to maintain a full course of study without the approval of the DSO or otherwise fails to maintain status is not eligible for an additional period of departure These students should depart the United States immediately YOU HAVE NO GRACE PERIOD F 1 J 1 students who plan to return to their home country must complete a Departure Form before leaving the U S Departure Checklist Points of Pride Academic Athletic Arts prev Engineering Lab The College of Engineering ranks No 1 for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans Research U S News and World Report ranks the COE in the top third of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs ERC Research N C A T is the home of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ERC Ag Research SAES brought in more than 20 million in research grant funding Webb Hall The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences SAES is the largest among the nation s HBCUs F D Bluford Library F D Bluford Library is one of the region s premier research libraries Engineering Professor and Student The MSIT Online Program in the School of Technology is nationally ranked by U S News World Report next prev Academic Excellence A T had ninety eight student athletes earn

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