CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION -- ISSS OFFICE PLAN
November 3, 2020: This webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important updates. In addition. Florida Tech is closely monitoring the ever-changing information concerning the Coronavirus. Please be sure to follow important university updates at https://www.fit.edu/coronavirus/
Florida Tech has announced that the spring 2021 semester will be the same as fall 2020 (classes online, remote, and face-to-face). Classes will not be eligible for Pass/Fail option.
For students currently in the US and taking fall 2020 classes: if you traveling over the Thanksgiving break, you will not be required to return to campus for the remainder of this fall 2020 semester. HOWEVER, you are responsible for speaking with each of your professors/instructors concerning your plans to leave and the need to still take your finals. You also need to be sure that your immigration document I-20 has been updated for travel so that you may return in spring 2021. Classes for spring 2021 begin January 11, 2020.
For Spring 2021 NEW Students (includes brand new students, transfer students, and change of education level students): who are currently inside the US, as a reminder, you are allowed to be registered for online classes for the spring 2021 semester, however at least one of your courses must be a face-to-face class. Immigration does not allow for ONLY online courses in these cases.
For NEW Students who were unable to enter the US (these include brand new students, transfer students, and change of education level students): you can keep your spring 2021 admission and register for coursework online. Your immigration document I-20 will need to be re-issued for summer or fall 2021 for entry into the US. If a SEVIS-Pending student for spring 2021 decides not to register for spring 2021, their admission and immigration document will need to be updated for the appropriate semester of deferral. Please contact the appropriate admissions office to secure the new I-20 for summer or fall 2021 entrance; the emails are:
Graduate Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Admissions: email@example.com
Students in SEVIS-Pending status for spring 2021 can start entering the US no more than 30 days before the start date on the spring 2021 I-20 document. It is important to note that all entry into the US, at any time, is at the discretion of the port of entry officials.
IMPORTANT: Immigration has not yet released their guidance for international students for the spring 2021 semester. We are assuming the following:
Continuing/Returning students: who are currently outside the US, and are unable to return to the US, are able to keep their ACTIVE immigration status as long as they are registered appropriately to comply with immigration regulations (12 credits undergraduate students; 9 credits graduate students) in online coursework.
A Compliance Form Spring 2021 will be sent to all SEVIS-Active students inquiring if they were inside or outside the US. As soon as you receive the form, please complete it and submit it back to firstname.lastname@example.org . Those students outside the US will need to have their SEVIS record updated with the notation, “Outside the US for spring 2021 due to COVID-19” in order for you to re-enter for summer or fall 2021. Students who do not receive the updated I-20 may encounter issues at the port of entry; we are trying to make your re-entry as smooth as possible.
Continuing/Returning students: who are currently in the US, are able to keep their ACTIVE immigration status as long as they are registered appropriately to comply with immigration regulations (12 credits undergraduate students; 9 credits graduate students); these classes can be all face-to-face, online, or a combination of both.
IMPORTANT: A lot of immigration regulations have been temporarily changed due to COVID-19, however the one regulation that has not changed is that those students unable to comply with immigration regulations will have their immigration status terminated.
At this time, the ISSS Office has updated their office procedures for everyone’s safety:
- For general inquiries, please email email@example.com Please be patient in our response.
- All documents for drop-off can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you need a travel signature, please email email@example.com with your full name, student ID, and valid email address. A new document will be processed, signed, and you will receive an email when it is ready for pickup.
- As always, if documents do need to be picked up, it is important to remember to bring your student ID and that only the person whom the document belongs to can pick up the document (this is an immigration regulation)
- Document pick up hours are Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm when the university is open
- Facemasks are required to be worn when in the L3 Harris Commons Building
- Please note that we may need to further adjust our office hours in the future based on new information or directives.
- All appointments are being conducted by either phone or email only. If you have a specific question, please contact:
OPT/STEM OPT/CPT: Lareyne Ellebracht firstname.lastname@example.org
General questions/Program Extensions/Change of Majors: Katie Bumsted email@example.com
Immigration Status and other questions: Jackie Lingner firstname.lastname@example.org
OR CALL: 321-674-8053
International Student And Scholar Services
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) welcomes you to Florida Tech.
The ISSS Office is comprised of people who are professionals in providing the international student services you need to succeed in your academic life. We have extensive training and experience in the interpretion of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations. Services provided include assisting and advising F, J, M, and H-1B visa holders on all immigration matters, including enrollment requirements, travel, employment authorization, visa extensions… to name a few.
International Student Services also offers cultural programs designed to assist you in adjusting to life in the United States and at Florida Tech. These include the International Orientation Program, the International Workshop Video Series (covering topics such as employment, travel and taxes), International Coffee Hours, the Annual International Festival, as well as many others.
ISSS prides itself in providing international students the services you need to be happy and successful at Florida Tech. So, once again welcome. We are grateful you have chosen to come and study with us.
We are located on the third floor of the Harris Commons Building (on the corner of University Blvd and Babcock Street).
Have Your I-20s Signed
Please have your I-20s signed for re-entry prior to travelling. (Please allow 5-7 working days to process your request.)
Documents on a variety of topics which are designed specifically to inform international students and scholars related to their immigration status, as well as other topics and issues of importance.
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