International Student & Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services

Announcements & News

Beware of Immigration Scams

Beware of Immigration Scams

Information from USCIS on avoiding immigration scams.

 

USCIS Restores Premium Processing for H-1B petitions

Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS has restored premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

For additional information and updates visit the link below. 

https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/premium-processing-now-available-all-petitioners-seeking-h-1b-visas

Contact ISSS directly if you have addtional questions at (321) 674-8053 or isss@fit.edu 

Immigration Updates of the New Administration

To the Florida Tech International Community:

The Trump Administration is imposing new travel restrictions on certain nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, under a presidential proclamation issued on September 24, 2017.  The new restrictions follow a U.S. government review of worldwide visa security measures and the expiration of the Administration’s previous travel ban

Also, due to extensive changes in the State Department's senior administration, all non-immigrant visa holders requiring visa renewals travelling abroad over the next few months should plan carefully due to potential delays.

Full details of the ruling can be found at:

https://www.fragomen.com/knowledge-center/immigration-alerts/new-travel-ban-what-employers-and-foreign-nationals-need-know

Additional information can be found at: 

In addition, the U.S. and Turkey have suspended NEW Non-Immigration Visa Services; full details can be followed at:

http://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/International_Students_and_Scholars/U_S__and_Turkey_Suspend_Nonimmigrant_Visa_Services/

Additional Resource:

https://tr.usembassy.gov/ambassador-john-bass-statement-suspension-visa-services-turkey/     

Important: This suspension of services is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens.  It is a suspension of consideration of new visa applications.  If you have a valid visa, you can still travel to the United States.  If you want to apply for a visa at another U.S. embassy or consulate outside of Turkey, you are free to do so.

UPDATED 11/13/2017: The U.S, Mission in Turkey has resumed processing non-immigrant visas on a limited basis.  The current announcement can be found at https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/

All announcements will be kept updated with further developments.

Please do not hesitate to contact ISSS if you have any additional questions.

Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

Foreign visitors to the U.S. arriving via air or sea no longer need to complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 or I-94W. Those who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—can access their CBP arrival/departure record information online.

CBP now gathers travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.

Students having problems accessing their I-94 card on-line should contact:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Area Port of Orlando

9043 Tradeport Drive

Orlando, FL 32827

(407) 240- 4462 ext. 2244

orlandoi-94team@cbp.dhs.gov

 

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home

Complimentary Software Will Be Available for Filing 2017 Non-Resident Income Tax Returns

The ISSS Office will once again make available to Florida Tech international students and scholars free web-based tax preparation software for use in preparing 2017 non-resident income tax documents.  Tax Information 

The GLACIER Tax Prep program is an online service that helps to prepare federal tax forms:

  • IRS Form 1040NR/1040NR-EZ – this form is required for all international visa holders who received income and/or had a taxable scholarship during the year 2017
  • IRS Form 8843 – this form is required for ALL international visa holders and their dependents

 Access GLACIER Prep through this link.  You will need a valid tracks account. If you were in F-1, J-1, or M-1 status during 2017 but no longer have TRACKS access, please contact Jackie Lingner to request an ID and password to access GLACIER Tax Prep.

Filing Deadlines:

  • If filing Forms 1040NR/1040NR E-Z AND Form 8843: April 16, 2018
  • If filing ONLY Form 8843: June 15, 2018

DISCLAIMER: The ISSS Office is not able to provide tax advice/information. If you require help beyond that which is provided by GLACIER, please consult a seasoned tax professional.

 

On OPT? Be sure to report your employment

Students in Optional Practical Training, be sure to report your current address and  employment to ISSS!

Optional Practical Training Reporting

Updating your Address

F-1 students must update their address within 10 days of any move. Please see the instructions below.

If you are enrolled in classes at Florida Tech:

    Log into your PAWS account to update your address information as follows:

  1. Under the Personal Information tab, select Update Addresses and Phones.
  2. For Type of Address to Insert, select SEVIS US Physical Address.
  3. Fill in your address and phone information.
  • Note: If you reside on campus, put the Florida Tech address (150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901), and your dormitory address.  P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.

If you are a former Florida Tech Student now in Optional Practical Training (OPT):

Walk-in Hours vs. Appointments

To serve you better, ISSS has instituted walk-in hours and appointments.

To view our document processing times, click here.

Walk-in Hours vs Appointments