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Florida Tech: Corona Virus Updates - Florida Tech returns to In-Person Instruction


Beware of Immigration Scams

Beware of Immigration Scams

Information from USCIS on avoiding immigration scams.


Travel Restrictions - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html


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


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.

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

Illegal Presence:

New Policy Memo from USCIS: Accrual of Unlawful Presence by F and M Nonimmigrants

On May 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a policy memorandum, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States, effective Aug. 9, 2018.  The policy officially went into effect on August 9, 2018.

Individuals in F, J, and M status who failed to maintain their status before Aug. 9, 2018, will start accruing unlawful presence on that date based on that failure, unless they already started accruing unlawful presence on the earliest of any of the following:

  • The day after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied the request for an immigration benefit, if DHS made a formal finding that the individual violated their nonimmigrant status while adjudicating a request for another immigration benefit;
  • The day after their Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” expired; or
  • The day after an immigration judge ordered them excluded, deported or removed (whether or not the decision is appealed).

Individuals in F, J, or M status who fail to maintain their status on or after Aug. 9, 2018, will start accruing unlawful presence on the earliest of any of the following:

  • The day after they no longer pursue the course of study or the authorized activity, or the day after they engage in an unauthorized activity;
  • The day after completing the course of study or program, including any authorized practical training, plus any authorized grace period;
  • The day after the Form I-94 expires; or
  • The day after an immigration judge orders them excluded, deported or removed (whether or not the decision is appealed).

Note that the change in policy by USCIS means that, beginning Aug. 9, 2018, certain actions by an F, M, or J nonimmigrant may cause them to accrue unlawful presence, where previously such actions did not. Accrual of unlawful presence can, under certain circumstances, render the nonimmigrant ineligible for certain immigration benefits and may make them inadmissible to the United States.

For more information you can read the USCIS policy memorandum.

**Summary from SEVIS Broadcast Message 1808-02: Accrual of Unlawful Presence by F and M Nonimmigrants**

August 13th, 2018|