International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services

Announcements & News

Beware of Immigration Scams

Beware of Immigration Scams

Information from USCIS on avoiding immigration scams.

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.e8b24a3cec33ca34c48bfc10526e0aa0/?vgnextoid=b9563ab7b8f3b210VgnVCM10000025e6a00aRCRD&vgnextchannel=b9563ab7b8f3b210VgnVCM10000025e6a00aRCRD

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.

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.

Tax Information

Tips for Surviving in a Time of Immigration Uncertainty

Explore frequently asked questions that have emerged since the original Executive Order was issued in this informative blog.

https://blog.nafsa.org/2017/03/15/tips-for-surviving-in-a-time-of-immigration-uncertainty/

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