What is SEVIS?
SEVIS is an internet-based system that allows schools and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exchange data on the immigration status of internationals. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 or J-1 student’s academic career in the United States. U.S. embassies and consulates also have access to SEVIS.
How does SEVIS work?
What data does SEVIS collect?
What does “fail to maintain status” mean?
Some examples of failure to maintain status include dropping from full-time to part-time enrollment without prior approval from the DSO, attending a school other than the one the student is authorized to attend, failure to apply for a timely transfer of schools, failure to apply for a timely extension of program, failure to apply for a timely change in level of studies, unauthorized employment, and failure to report a change of address in 10 days.
What are the consequences if a student fails to maintain status?
The student’s record will be updated with SEVIS every semester. Students who fail to maintain status lose the privileges of their student immigration status and become subject to deportation. Specific consequences may include denial of re-entry to the U.S., inability to move from undergraduate to graduate status, denial of requests for practical training, denial of requests for change of immigration status, and possible denial of all future visa applications.
Can a student who is “out of status” regain legal status?
If a student drops below a full course of study without prior approval from the DSO, the “event” would be reported to DHS, via SEVIS, and the student would be out of status. The student may apply to DHS for reinstatement if the violation resulted from circumstances beyond his or her control. Reinstatement is intended to be a rare benefit for exceptional cases. The student may not apply for reinstatement if s/he is out of status longer than five months unless s/he can show exceptional circumstances beyond her/his control such as: serious injury or illness, closure of the institution, or a natural disaster. If DHS does not reinstate the student, he or she may not appeal that decision.
How will Drury help students comply with the immigration laws?
Drury is committed in assisting students in ways that prevent status violations from occurring. F-1 students new to Drury must physically check in with the International Support Services Office (ISS) during new international student orientation. ISS reviews the student’s immigration documents and confirms in SEVIS that the student has arrived on campus. International students are not able to drop below a full course of study without prior authorization from ISS.
Acceptable reasons for reduced credit load include:
Students must complete at least 6 credit hours even with authorization for a reduced course load (except for medical reasons or last semester for degree ). Remember, only the Designated School Official in the ISO has authority to authorize a reduced credit load!
What happens if Drury fails to comply with the SEVIS regulations?
The DHS is required to audit Drury’s compliance with these new requirements every two years. Failure to comply with the federal regulations could result in the loss of Drury’s ability to accept international students.
Will SEVIS benefit students in any way?
Data moves faster through an electronic system than through a paper system. Students can expect that DHS forms will be produced faster, applications for benefits such as practical training will be approved more quickly, and visas will be granted with shorter delays.
What should students do to prepare for SEVIS?
Where can I find information about SEVIS?
The ISS has scheduled information meetings about SEVIS throughout the semester. Check your e-mail and our web site for announcements. Also, if you have specific questions about your immigration status, call ISS at (417) 873-7885, visit us in the Findlay Student Center, Room 107, or send us an email at email@example.com
Students and scholars in the United States are not exempt from taxes. The tax system of the United States is complex and can be difficult to understand.
Free tax assistance is available to Drury University international students each spring.
There are essentially two federal income tax systems in the United States; one for tax residents of the U.S. including citizens, permanent residents, and certain non-immigrants, and the other for tax nonresident. The definition of “residence” for tax purposes and for immigration purposes are not the same and should not be confused.
The first step for foreign students and scholars in the tax process is to determine their tax residence. Special rules apply to persons in F and J immigration status in determining tax residence.
The second step is to determine whether the source of any income is a “U.S. source” or a “foreign source.” Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens, provides definitions and explanations of these issues.
Individual tax reports are generally due on April 15 of the following calendar year. If no U.S. wages were received, the due date is June 15. Instructions and forms are available on the IRS web page. All nonresident alien tax returns and statements are mailed to: Internal Revenue Service Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19255, U.S.A.
Please note that failure to properly complete tax reports may constitute a violation of immigration status.
To apply for a Missouri Driver License, you must take a written test and a driving test. Visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website for more information and a copy of the Missouri State Driver’s Manual.
Springfield Contract Office – in downtown
149 Park Central Square Room 116
State Office Building
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: (417) 869-5100
You must take these items with you when you apply for the Missouri Driver License:
Social Security Administration
1570 W. Battlefield, Suite 100
Springfield, MO 65807
Required Documents for Re-entry in the United States:
Bring your passport with visa and your I-20, to ISS at least one week prior to expected travel. Be sure to read the FAQ for F Non-immigrants: Entry and Exit on the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website before you travel.
Suggested Additional Documentation:
Please Note: Be aware that this list of required and suggested documentation is no guarantee that you will be allowed to re-enter the US. You may encounter difficulties at the Consulate or Port-of-Entry. If you choose to travel outside the US, make sure you stay up to date on the news and events happening around the world – and be aware of the potential difficulties with travel as well as with re-entry into the US. Expect longer than normal lines at Ports of Entry, more extensive questioning about your travel, increased security checks at airports within the US and possibly abroad, increased security checks by the airlines at boarding, and increased restrictions on your carry on luggage (all carry on items may be inspected, therefore if you are carrying gifts, etc. do not wrap them in such a way that you cannot open them).
When packing, be smart. If you plan to take items from the US, home to family or friends be sure you are able to open and inspect all items carefully. If you cannot do so, do not take them with you. Select carefully items you will be put in your bag. Items such as wrapped gifts for family and friends at home and electronic equipment may cause further inspection of your luggage and longer delays for you. Please remember the reasoning behind all of this and have patience. These precautions are for everyone’s safety.
Upon Your Return: Once you have reentered the US please you bring your I-94, I-20 and passport to the ISS so we can update our files. Also, we would like to hear about your experience so we can better inform future travelers.
Travel Within the United States:
All non-immigrants traveling in the US are advised to carry with them all their original identification documents: Valid passport (if your visa is in an older passport carry the old passport in addition to the new one, the visa need not be valid as long as it was valid when you entered the US and all your other documents remain current/valid), I-94 card, I-20 or DS-2019, and if applicable a copy of any other documents such as EAD card (associated with OPT, economic hardship, etc.).
We also urge all who have declared immigrant intent or who have been granted permanent residency, as well as those on work visas (H1B, TN or other), to make sure you have all your documents when traveling as well.
The ISS Office has received information regarding reports of non-immigrants boarding domestic flights within the US being questioned and asked for documentation. In several incidents, the DHS officer doing the questioning told the individual that he is required to carry his passport, I-94 and/or I-797, DS-2019, or I-20 with him at all times. Non-immigrants not carrying their documents may be held until sufficient documentation is provided to the officers/agents.
Legal Note: Section 264(e) of the US Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) does require individuals over the age of 18 to carry their “registration” documentation with them at all times. Section 264.1 of Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) delineates what constitutes a registration document for different classes of individuals, including non-immigrant.
Based upon this information, the ISS advises all internationals at Drury University of the possibility of such incidents at airports even if the flight does not leave the US. Please contact the ISS prior to any travel, even if you will travel only within the US. The ISS will review your documents and ensure that they are valid and up-to-date, and that they accurately reflect your current status in the U.S.
During your studies at Drury University, you may want to invite your parents or other family members to visit. Here are some suggestions to help them apply for a visitor’s visa (B-2) at a US Consulate or Embassy in their home country.
To facilitate their visa interview process you may do the following:
Providing your family members with this documentation may improve their chances of obtaining a visa; however, there is no guarantee a visa will be issued and such letters aren’t a part of the application. The success of their request for a visa lies in their ability to prove that they have no intention of staying permanently in the U.S.
Please note that ISS staff members are unable to write letter of invitation for your family members.