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international student you are required to:
Register for and complete a full-time
course load every semester.
Full-time enrollment at Hostos Community College is 12
credits per semester. You must have authorization from
the DSO before you can register for less than a full
course load. Immigration regulations allow very few exceptions
to the full-course requirement. To obtain this authorization,
have your advisor complete a part-time enrollment form,
which must be submitted to the DSO. Failure to obtain
DSO authorization or to submit this form could affect your
F-1 or J-1 status in the United States.
Make sure your passport is always valid.
If your passport will be expiring while you are here in the
United States you must contact your consulate in New York City
or embassy in Washington D.C. for renewal procedures.
Be sure to review your I-94 card. It
must be stamped F-1 or J-1 and D/S.
Onboard the plane you will be asked to complete an I-94 form.
The custom official at the airport will stamp the form
F1 or J1 AND D/S. If your card is not
marked D/S (duration of status) bring it to the DSO
immediately. The eleven-digit number on this card is very
important; it serves as the key to your immigration records
while you are in the U.S. as a student. Do not lose this card;
it is required for all applications you submit to the DSO
or the USCIS.
Make sure all information on your SEVIS
I-20 or DS-2019 remains correct.
The SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 is a very important document. It serves
as the record of your purpose in the U.S. If there are any changes to the
information on the SEVIS I-20/DS-2019, you are required to
notify the DSO as soon as possible. Changes include name,
citizenship, degree level, major, source and amount of funds.
Notify the DSO if
there is a change in your "completion date" on your SEVIS I-20
or DS-2019. Section #5 of the SEVIS I-20 or section
#3 of the DS-2019 indicates the date you are expected to
complete your program at Hostos Community College. If you are
going to complete before the date listed, you need to notify the
DSO of this change, as it affects your legal stay in the
U.S. If you will not complete your program by the date listed,
you will need to apply for an extension of your F-1 or J-1
status. An application for extension must be made at least 30
days before the completion date indicated on the SEVIS
Acquire written work authorization from
the DSO or the USCIS.
You can NOT work without authorization. Working in the U.S. is a
benefit for which you must apply and obtain written
authorization. There are regulations for on-campus and
off-campus employment. Authorization from USCIS for certain
off-campus employment can take up to 3 months.
Contact the DSO
before you transfer to another institution or take a leave of
Report any change of address to
DSO, the registrar's office and your local U.S. Post
Changes of address must be reported within 10 days of your move.
Students are required to provide both a mailing address and a
Consult the DSO
first for all immigration concerns and questions.
Students will often obtain information from friends, family,
various web sites, and newspapers. While convenient, it is
likely that the information you obtain this way may not be up to
date or accurate. To avoid confusion and risks to your status,
always consult the DSO first.
Never go to the USCIS unless instructed
by the DSO.
It is very rare that you will have to go directly to the USCIS
to submit an application. Since most USCIS officers do not work
with student regulations, it is likely that if you visit a USCIS
office on your own, you will not be able to meet with an officer
who the appropriate official. If you have a complex case that
requires a trip to the USCIS or needs to be handled by an
attorney, the DSO will instruct you accordingly.
It is your responsibility to maintain
F-1 or J-1 student status.
Make and safeguard photocopies of your
Students transferring from another
school must process their SEVIS I-20
or DS-2019 within 15 days from the start of classes.
You must contact the DSO immediately so that we can begin
to process your new SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019.
The DSO is on duty
daily at the Admissions Office.
If you have questions, concerns, or an application to process,
please stop by the DSO’s Office. The hours for the
2008-2009 academic year are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. Appointments with the International Student Advisor
are Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The DSO serves the entire international student
populations in the college. With so many students the wait time
for processing of documents is normally 5 to 7 business days.
Whenever possible and depending on the urgency documents
submitted by students may be processed faster, but this is not
guaranteed. Please keep this processing time in mind when
looking at certain deadlines that may jeopardize your F-1 and
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