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  • Visa Process | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    or FBI Identity Theft Protection Nashville Community Religious Communities and Resources Resources for Families Shop Dine and Explore Bars Microbreweries Dance Clubs Pool Halls Bowling Alleys Grocery Stores Movie Theaters Newspapers Now Playing Nashville Public Libraries and Museums Restaurants Shopping Malls Sports Visit Music City Student Recreation Wellness Center Vanderbilt Athletics Vanderbilt Human Resources Vanderbilt Student Organizations and Cultural Activities Immigration F 1 Students Employment Study Guide to The States F 1 Reinstatement Information Change of Major Change of Level Reduced Course Load Authorization Form Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension J 1 Interns Evaulation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement J 1 Violation J 1 Scholars Scholar Extension Categories Bars on Repeat Participation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Occasional Lectures and Consultations Departure and Research Abroad J 1 Violation J 1 Students Employment J 1 Violation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Change of Major Change of Level Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension Form Dependents Departure Form Document Mailing Options Transfer Out Procedures Translation Services Travel Tips for Applying for a Visa U S Immigration Agencies and Information U S Immigration Scams Report Immigration Scams Living and Working in the U S Annual Tax Filing International Tax Topics and Links FICA Tax Exemptions Tax Treaties English Conversation Sessions Finding a Job Housing Legal Resources Immigration Attorneys Marriage and Divorce Phone Service Transportation and Driving Social Security Number SSN Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home New Students and Scholars Visa Process Visa Process SEVIS Fee I 901 Fee F Visa Process How To Prepare for Your F 1 Visa Appointment J Visa Process Tips on Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa U S Visas for Same Sex Spouses Students and Scholars presently outside the U S will need to take their I 20 or DS 2019

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/new-students-and-scholars/visa-process/ (2016-02-16)
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  • SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    Housing Legal Resources Immigration Attorneys Marriage and Divorce Phone Service Transportation and Driving Social Security Number SSN Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home New Students and Scholars Visa Process SEVIS Fee I 901 Fee SEVIS Fee I 901 Fee The Student Exchange Visitor Information System SEVIS is the Department of Homeland Security DHS database ISSS produces immigration eligibility documents I 20 and DS 2019 and maintains records with regard to F and J visa holders on SEVIS Although full use of SEVIS was mandated by August 1 2003 DHS began to collect the SEVIS fee on September 1 2004 The fee is paid directly to DHS and is being assessed to cover their SEVIS operational costs Who is Affected Each new student or scholar whose initial original I 20 or DS 2019 form is issued after September 1 2004 will be required to pay the SEVIS fee in addition to the other visa application fees The SEVIS fee will not be charged to those students and scholars whose eligibility documents were issued prior to September 1 2004 exceptions noted in the paragraph below In certain circumstances a current student or scholar whose initial I 20 or DS 2019 form was issued prior to September 1 2004 will be required to pay the fee The fee will be assessed if the student or scholar applies for a change of status reinstatement change of category J 1 only or after absences from the U S for more than five consecutive months except those on an approved study abroad program or approved research abroad Note the issuance date is when the ISSS staff member signed the Initial I 20 or DS 2019 form Not be confused with the program start or arrival date When To Pay The Fee The fee can be paid only after the I 20 or DS 2019 form has been issued The fee must be paid prior to the visa interview It is wise to have at least a three day gap in between fee payment and the visa appointment Payment of the fee is valid in the SEVIS database for a maximum of 12 months Note It can take from two to five weeks if paying by mail to process so planning is essential if this payment method is selected According to the I 901 Helpline Because of the fraud issues in certain countries SEVP is unable to accept credit card payments from certain countries at this time including Ghana Nigeria Cameroon and Kenya Students and scholars from one of these countries will receive the following message Persons from a country other than those listed above receiving this message should contact the I 901 Helpline 314 418 8833 The Student and Exchange Visitor Program SEVP is not accepting credit card payments at this time Please remit your payment by cashier s check money order or Western Union transfer We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation If you wish to continue submitting

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/new-students-and-scholars/visa-process/sevis-fee-i-901-fee/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tips for Applying for a Visa | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    family a bank account Ties are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence your possessions employment social and family relationships Each person s situation is different Our consular officers are aware of this diversity During the visa interview they look at each application individually and consider professional social cultural and other factors In cases of younger applicants who may not have had an opportunity to form many ties consular officers may look at the applicants specific intentions family situations and long range plans and prospects within his or her country of residence Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law The following information is based on advice offered by NAFSA Association of International Educators It is intended to provide you with issues to consider while preparing for your visa interview For additional guidance and advice please contact your International Student and Scholar Adviser at ISSS While the majority of visas are granted it is still important to be as prepared as possible for your visa interview When you are interviewed the consulate officer is looking for evidence that you intend to enter the United States to be a full time student or J exchange visitor that you do not pose a security or safety risk to the United States and that you intend to leave the United States once you complete your program Be prepared to show proof that you have a permanent home outside of the U S to show that you are not going to stay in the U S forever and that you are going back to your country after your studies are completed Also be prepared to show that you intend to be a serious student or J exchange visitor and that the degree or research you are seeking will benefit you when you return home Listen carefully to the questions the embassy official will ask you Even if the official asks you a question that you think is strange you must answer it The official is usually trying to decide whether you intend to stay in the U S after you have completed your program If the official thinks you plan to stay in the U S he or she must refuse your visa Remember the F and J visas are for people who intend to return to their home country Tell the official when you are going to go home Be Ready To Talk about your professional development and how you will use your degree research when you get back to your country Explain why it is important for you to have a degree experience from a U S university for your future in your home country Talk about how learning English more quickly and efficiently is helped by first hand knowledge of the American culture and interaction with many native speakers and how these skills will affect your future career goals DO NOT say that you want to go to the

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/immigration/travel/visa-renewal-information/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Coming to Vanderbilt | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home Coming to Vanderbilt Coming to Vanderbilt Before Your Flight Arrival Checklist Health Insurance Orientation Housing Phone Service Transportation and Driving When to Arrive Immigration regulations allow F 1 and J 1 students to enter the US up to 30 days before the program start date on our I 20 or DS 2019 Introduction to Nashville Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville the capital city of Tennessee in the southeastern region of the U S Nashville has a dynamic film video and recording industry and is affectionately known as Music City USA It is also noted for health care publishing insurance finance and education A rapidly growing city metropolitan Nashville has a population of more than 1 million Vanderbilt is ideally situated just five minutes from downtown Nashville is a city of students with more than a dozen colleges and universities attracting some 30 000 students from the U S and around the world Please take the time to view the University s excellent introductory page to our beloved city and ISSS s Life at Vanderbilt resource collection Climate Nashville has a mild climate Summers are humid winters are cold Summer temperatures range from 68 F 20 C to 90 F 31 6 C Winter temperatures range from 32 F 0 C to 50 F 10 C Nashville experiences 2 3 light snowfalls per winter Dress People in the U S dress casually Shorts and t shirts are the norm during summer Jeans sweaters and jackets are common in the winter Formal attire suit and tie for men pants suit skirt or dress for women is appropriate for business meetings interviews or certain social events What to Bring Bring available funds for at least two months in Nashville Initial move in expenses can be high Salary payments for teaching or research assistantships will not be issued until the end of September Please plan your finances accordingly You may also wish to bring alarm clock pillow towel bed sheets and enough clothes for one year of changing temperatures Remember a warm winter coat and gloves plus an umbrella for our rainy days You may include cooking utensils rice cooker steamer etc or you may purchase items in local stores and shopping malls ISSS will have pillows and linens available for purchase to make your first night on campus comfortable Packages include a pillow twin size sheet set blanket bath towel washcloth and laundry bag and may be purchased for 40 cash or U S check Students may purchase linens at the ISSS office upon arrival in August If your country has a national dress or other traditional materials please bring selected items with you ISSS and international student organizations offer opportunities to share your culture with U S citizens and other friends in the international community People will ask you about your home country so consider bringing pictures of your hometown family and places people things that you can share Travel Transportation Please

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  • Before Your Flight | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    20 DS 2019 Extension Form Dependents Departure Form Document Mailing Options Transfer Out Procedures Translation Services Travel Tips for Applying for a Visa U S Immigration Agencies and Information U S Immigration Scams Report Immigration Scams Living and Working in the U S Annual Tax Filing International Tax Topics and Links FICA Tax Exemptions Tax Treaties English Conversation Sessions Finding a Job Housing Legal Resources Immigration Attorneys Marriage and Divorce Phone Service Transportation and Driving Social Security Number SSN Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home Coming to Vanderbilt Before Your Flight Before Your Flight It is important that you have all of your travel arrangements finalized before leaving Make sure you know your flight itinerary and have transportation arranged to and from the airport Be sure to carry all important phone numbers and contact information for your contacts in Nashville and in other U S cities Keep this information separate from your travel documents I 20 or DS 2019 etc and passport Your passport and travel documents need to be readily accessible for immigration officials It is often helpful to arrive in the U S earlier than your official start date Then you will have time to find and set up housing and become acquainted with the Nashville area Any maps or directions you might need are easily accessible on the web at http maps google com Please educate yourself on the frequently updated flight regulations set by the Travel Security Administration TSA in the United States or any equivalent in your home country Liquids for example cannot be carried on in quantities larger than 3 4 ounces To learn about other such stipulations visit http www tsa gov traveler information or the website of the administration in your own country A few items to bring with you your original travel documents passport I 20 DS 2019 etc and multiple copies clear easily read copies to be kept separately in case of emergency your driver s license or international driver s license a copy of your driving record if you plan on purchasing an automobile in the U S a supply of all prescription medications with a description of each written by your doctor Special restrictions may exist for traveling with medication See http www tsa gov traveler information travelers disabilities and medical conditions immunization vaccination records for student health center if you have dependents who will be attending school in the U S be sure to bring birth certificates or proof of age and all medical dental and academic records for them an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses clothing on campus jeans shorts T shirts shirts are pretty standard formal wear suits dresses are important to have for formal events receptions and for interviews winter wear sweaters and light jackets you can purchase a winter coat after arriving footwear sneakers sandals and at least one pair of formal shoes which can be purchased after arriving photographs and maps of your home country and other

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  • Arrival Checklist | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    States F 1 Reinstatement Information Change of Major Change of Level Reduced Course Load Authorization Form Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension J 1 Interns Evaulation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement J 1 Violation J 1 Scholars Scholar Extension Categories Bars on Repeat Participation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Occasional Lectures and Consultations Departure and Research Abroad J 1 Violation J 1 Students Employment J 1 Violation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Change of Major Change of Level Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension Form Dependents Departure Form Document Mailing Options Transfer Out Procedures Translation Services Travel Tips for Applying for a Visa U S Immigration Agencies and Information U S Immigration Scams Report Immigration Scams Living and Working in the U S Annual Tax Filing International Tax Topics and Links FICA Tax Exemptions Tax Treaties English Conversation Sessions Finding a Job Housing Legal Resources Immigration Attorneys Marriage and Divorce Phone Service Transportation and Driving Social Security Number SSN Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home Coming to Vanderbilt Arrival Checklist Arrival Checklist SEVIS Registration Banking Social Security Number SSN Windstar Tax Database Student Arrival Checklist Within the first week of your arrival you should do the following things Come to ISSS for mandatory SEVIS Registration Get your VUnetID and Vanderbilt email Get a student ID card Dependents can get a Commodore Card too for 10 Commodore Card Office 184 Sarratt Student Center Nashville TN 37240 615 322 2273 800 632 0998 Monday Friday 8 30 4 00 Tuesday until 7 00 pm Submit your Immunization Requirements Form to the Student Health Center if you haven t already done so The form is due to the Student Health Center by June 1 2014 Click here for how to get to the Zerfoss Student Health Center Health Insurance Waiver Students with government sponsored health insurance that meets the minimum requirements for international student insurance should apply for a waiver Waivers must be submitted online by September 7th for fall semester and January 6th for spring semester Find a place to live if you have not done so already Open a bank account Set up the necessary utilities for your house electricity water gas etc Employment Information only for student who receive payment from Vanderbilt I 9 Form Complete an I 9 form at HR located at 2525 West End Avenue within three days of beginning your employment Bring your passport I 94 retrieval and I 20 or DS 2019 Apply for a Social Security Number SSN Complete Windstar Tax System Transportation car taxi bus bicycle walking Meet with any other Vanderbilt Staff as indicated in your correspondence with the University Register for classes through YES Attend International Student Orientation and Information Fair Scholar Arrival Checklist Check in with the hosting academic department Come to ISSS for mandatory SEVIS Registration Bring passport and DS 2019 Also be ready to provide a local address and phone number ISSS needs copies of stamped travel documents for the scholar s

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  • SEVIS Registration | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    Student Recreation Wellness Center Vanderbilt Athletics Vanderbilt Human Resources Vanderbilt Student Organizations and Cultural Activities Immigration F 1 Students Employment Study Guide to The States F 1 Reinstatement Information Change of Major Change of Level Reduced Course Load Authorization Form Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension J 1 Interns Evaulation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement J 1 Violation J 1 Scholars Scholar Extension Categories Bars on Repeat Participation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Occasional Lectures and Consultations Departure and Research Abroad J 1 Violation J 1 Students Employment J 1 Violation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Change of Major Change of Level Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension Form Dependents Departure Form Document Mailing Options Transfer Out Procedures Translation Services Travel Tips for Applying for a Visa U S Immigration Agencies and Information U S Immigration Scams Report Immigration Scams Living and Working in the U S Annual Tax Filing International Tax Topics and Links FICA Tax Exemptions Tax Treaties English Conversation Sessions Finding a Job Housing Legal Resources Immigration Attorneys Marriage and Divorce Phone Service Transportation and Driving Social Security Number SSN Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home Coming to Vanderbilt Arrival Checklist SEVIS Registration SEVIS Registration Retrieve Your I 94 Number SEVIS Registration Requirements All international students and scholars must come to ISSS for SEVIS Registration upon arrival at Vanderbilt To help speed up this process please do the following Retrieve your I 94 number online Bring your I 20 or DS 2019 passport and I 94 printout If you have dependents with you bring their documents also Complete the Contact Information form prior to arriving for check in This address should be your current address in the U S temporary addresses such as hotels or hostels are acceptable Once permanent address

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/coming-to-vanderbilt/arrival-checklist/sevis-registration/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Banking | International Student & Scholar Services | Vanderbilt University
    Families Shop Dine and Explore Bars Microbreweries Dance Clubs Pool Halls Bowling Alleys Grocery Stores Movie Theaters Newspapers Now Playing Nashville Public Libraries and Museums Restaurants Shopping Malls Sports Visit Music City Student Recreation Wellness Center Vanderbilt Athletics Vanderbilt Human Resources Vanderbilt Student Organizations and Cultural Activities Immigration F 1 Students Employment Study Guide to The States F 1 Reinstatement Information Change of Major Change of Level Reduced Course Load Authorization Form Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension J 1 Interns Evaulation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement J 1 Violation J 1 Scholars Scholar Extension Categories Bars on Repeat Participation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Occasional Lectures and Consultations Departure and Research Abroad J 1 Violation J 1 Students Employment J 1 Violation Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement Change of Major Change of Level Student I 20 DS 2019 Extension Form Dependents Departure Form Document Mailing Options Transfer Out Procedures Translation Services Travel Tips for Applying for a Visa U S Immigration Agencies and Information U S Immigration Scams Report Immigration Scams Living and Working in the U S Annual Tax Filing International Tax Topics and Links FICA Tax Exemptions Tax Treaties English Conversation Sessions Finding a Job Housing Legal Resources Immigration Attorneys Marriage and Divorce Phone Service Transportation and Driving Social Security Number SSN Storage Facilities Where to go for Health Care Home Coming to Vanderbilt Arrival Checklist Banking Banking It is a good idea to open a bank account as soon as you can A bank account is required to conduct most business transactions in the U S You will need a checking account to be able to pay bills rent deposits for housing etc Typically to open a bank account you will need a social security number bu t since you will not receive

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