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Post 8.29.17

Review the below important information on:

  • Welcome to international students
  • New Immigration rules regarding EPS classes
  • Less Than Full Time Enrollment – Final Semester
  • CPT for Fall 2017
  • International Travel Restrictions on Electronic Devices
  • Connecting with ISS



Dear International Students,

We welcome back our returning international students for the Fall 2017 semester, and a special welcome to all the new international students joining the FDU community. Please see the welcome message from the university President Dr. Chris Capuano to the international students on the following webpage.

Student Taking EPS Fall 2017 – New Immigration Rules

EPS classes are considered English Language Support Classes.

Although at FDU EPS courses are considered 3 credit courses that can be used toward your university full time study registration and therefore eligible toward your scholarship, they do not count as part of a full time study for immigration status.

You must review the following webpage for additional deals about the immigration rules related to EPS classes:

Fall Semester Registration and Less Than Full Time Course load

 International students must be enrolled full time each semester. If you have a hold on your account or are not able to register before the start of the Fall 2017 semester you may be in jeopardy of having your I-20 terminated for “Failure to Enroll”.  

If you are in your final semester and do not have a full course load remaining to complete your degree, you are required to submit a completed Request for Less Than Full Time Enrollment form to International Student Services BEFORE the start of classes. Please complete the form located on the following website and submit to ISS prior to the start of the semester.

If you do not submit this form and are less than full time you may be in jeopardy of losing your F-1 status.

Curricular Practical Training

 Are you planning to do Curricular Practical Training (CPT) during Fall 2017? Please keep in mind the FDU policy regarding CPT is any off campus work experience needs to have a work authorization attached to it either in the form of CPT or OPT. This will include all paid or unpaid work, including off campus internships and training experiences. If you are working without authorization it is considered a violation of immigration status.

Processing times for CPT is 5 – 7 business days and requires you submit the completed CPT packet to an ISS advisor during Walk-In Advising Hours (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2pm-5pm). If you plan to begin CPT during the Fall session you must apply early to ensure you can begin on time.  

You must remember that you cannot begin working until you have been approved by our office and a new I-20 has been issued. For information on the CPT process, please visit the Office of International Student Services website, or come to the office to pick up the CPT application package.

Travel Restrictions on Electronic Devices for 10 International Airports

The US Department of Homeland Security has implemented a Travel Ban on certain electronic devices for 10 international airports.

This restriction will take place from now until potential October 14, 2017. Please take the necessary precautions if you are traveling from one of the airports to the United States. You may call the airline in advance from additional details.

See the below notification which is posted on the Department of Homeland Security website:

Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.

These enhancements apply to 10 specific airports. The affected overseas airports are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

Additional Travel considerations and visa renewal can be read at the following ISS webpage:

Connecting with ISS

Please be sure to stay in touch with International Student Services either on Facebook  (FDU ISS)  or on the ISS news page

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