Current Students

Travel Alert 2020

Travel Alert

The International House and Programs and JSU administration are carefully monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The University is in contact with local health officials and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies.  In an abundance of caution, our office is suggesting that international students carefully consider the potential impact of international travel over the summer break.  If you do choose to travel, please ensure that you have an up-to-date travel signature and that you keep up-to-date on travel advisories and warnings.  Learn more about travel during COVID-19.

International students are required to maintain their legal status all the time. You must

  • Keep your I-20 or DS-2019 valid. Do not let it expire.
  • Keep your Passport valid.
  • Inform your immigration advisor of any changes in program, or degree or local address.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Do not work without proper authorization.
  • When in doubt, email questions to intlprog@jsu.edu  or ckhadka@jsu.edu

Full Time Enrollment Regulation:

International students must be registered in these hours throughout the entire semester. You may not drop below full time hours’ requirement. Find below the full time academic credit hours’ regulation for international students under F1 and J1 visas:

Undergraduate

  • International Students must maintain at least 12 semester credit hours at all times.
  • International Students must have at least 9 semester credit hours of traditional or hybrid classes (non- online courses) out of total of 12 credit hours.

Graduate-Masters

  • International Students <must maintain at least 9 graduate semester credit hours (5000 level and above).
  • International Students must have at least 6 semester credit hours of traditional or hybrid classes (non-online courses) out of total of 9 credit hours.

Exceptions to Full-Time Rules

  • International Students may be enrolled in part time hours on their graduating semester. If you have only one course left to graduate, it has to be traditional or hybrid class (i.e., it cannot be online course)
  • If the summer semester is not your first summer at Jacksonville State University, you may be enrolled in any number of academic credit hours and any type of course: traditional/hybrid or online.
  • If you are a government sponsored student such as Saudi Scholarship student, you will have to check with your embassy/government before enrolling in any number of online or hybrid courses.

Initial Reporting to Campus

International Students must report to the International House and Programs Office with travel documents such as Passport, Visa page, I-20, copy of I-94 and Admission Letter by the stated program start date on I-20.

Reporting Address in U.S.

International Students must update their residential and mailing address and make sure to report any changes within 10 days of change in myjsu account. If you live on campus, make sure to list building name and room number in addition to street address.

Insurance Enrollment

ALL International Students are required to enroll in Health Insurance coverage as approved by JSU. The cost of the insurance must be paid prior to class registration. Insurance Coverage must be from January 01- August 01 and August 01 to January 01. For coverage and detailed information regarding the acceptable insurance coverage, please visit:

https://www.isoa.org/Jacksonville_State_University

OPT Reporting

F-1 students are required to report employer information in timely manner. Any changes in employer information should also be reported immediately.

Regular OPT Reporting Form. F-1 students will be issued another I-20 once employment information is received. It is student’s responsibility to make sure that they get the updated I-20.

STEM OPT Reporting Form. F-1 students will be issued another I-20 once employment information is received. It is student’s responsibility to make sure that they get the updated I-20.

Major or Degree Changes

Any changes in the program of studies or degree must be reported for update on your I-20/DS-2019. It is student’s responsibility to make sure that their I-20/DS-2019 reflects the correct major and degree that they are pursuing at JSU.

If you are planning to transfer out to another institution in the United States, you must make sure to request that your SEVIS ID number is released to that institution. It is important that you maintain the same SEVIS ID number while you are pursuing your degree in United States.

If you are currently registered and attending classes at JSU:

You must be registered for full course of study as required by your program and be maintaining proper status as required by Homeland Security regulations.

Students transferring in the middle of the semester or after registering for classes must complete the university withdrawal process. 

  • In order to be withdrawn, students must have paid all fees, tuition, etc… with the university.
  • Students who do not withdraw, or follow the correct time-line to withdraw can receive failing grades on their transcripts.

If you are transferring in “initial” status and have not enrolled in classes at JSU:

You must report to JSU in person or by phone, fax or email or online.

The transfer-in form must be turned in prior to the start date listed on JSU’s I-20.

The start date of the new university/college cannot be more than 30 days from the date of the student’s arrival in the US. The acceptance letter must indicate the start date.

Steps

I. Collect the documents listed below:

  1. Copy of your I20s.
  2. Copy of your I94 record.
  3. Acceptance letter from the university/college you are intending to transfer to. 
  4. Transfer-In form from the university/college you are intending to transfer to. 
    • This form will not be completed unless the student has paid all of their tuition and fees, and any other charges that have been applied to their account.
    • This form will be submitted by the International House & Programs Office to the new school via fax/email.

II. Log into your portal- international.jsu.edu  (use your myjsu credentials to login)

  1. Go to Current Students
  2. Click on Maintaining Status
  3. Scroll Down and Select Transfer Out 

III. Follow the instructions in your portal, complete the form and submit your request.

If the university/college you are intending to transfer to requires you to complete your transfer-in form before the issuance of acceptance letter, complete your transfer form in your portal without the acceptance letter and email us at intlprog@jsu.edu and ckhadka@jsu.edu . Once you receive acceptance letter, log back into your portal, upload your letter and submit your transfer form. 

You can make a request by clicking below: 

Transfer Out Request Form

Any International Student who needs to leave the US to return home for any reason, but cannot finish the semester will need to have their SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 record terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal.  This termination is not because of a violation, it is to notify the US government the student has permission to leave the US early to return home. Until the termination is authorized in the government database by an international advisor in the International House & Programs Office, the student must maintain proper F-1/J-1 status (attending class, staying registered, etc…) Once the international advisor approves the termination, the student must leave the US within 15 days from the date of termination.

If a student wants to return home in the summer, the student does not need to be terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal as long as they have been in their current F-1/J-1 status for one academic year prior to the summer term.

Failure to follow the above rules will result in the student being terminated for a violation of status which can affect their ability to return to the US.

Procedures

It is recommended the student complete all the steps below in the same day to avoid any complications.

  • All tuition, fees, and related charges must be paid on the student’s account before they start the Authorized Early Withdrawal process.
  • The student must submit a typed or written letter, or email explaining why he/she wants to leave.  Whatever the letter states, the Immigration Advisor will submit to the US government.
    • The letter must be signed and dated.  An email does not need to be signed.
    • Whatever the student writes, he/she may need to provide proof if asked at the US border upon his/her return.
    • Provide a copy of an airline ticket that shows the student is returning home.  The date of departure from the US must be less than 15 days from the date of termination.
    • Once the copy of the airline ticket and letter are presented to the Immigration Advisor, the Immigration Advisor will complete the online request to withdraw.
    • The student will need to follow the withdrawal instructions found on the Office of Registrar's website.
    • Once the SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 record is terminated the student has 15 days to leave the US.

Travel Alert

The International House and Programs and JSU administration are carefully monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The University is in contact with local health officials and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies.  In an abundance of caution, our office is suggesting that international students carefully consider the potential impact of international travel over summer break.  If you do choose to travel, please ensure that you have an up-to-date travel signature and that you keep up-to-date on travel advisories and warnings. Learn more about travel during COVID-19.

Documentation Requirement

F1/J1 Students must get the I-20/DS2019 signed by the Immigration Advisor at JSU before travelling outside of United States. For reentry, Students must have:

  • Valid Passport and Visa stamp
  • I-20/DS 2019 with travel endorsement by Immigration Advisor at JSU. Travel signature is valid for 6 months and thus needs a new signature if it has already expired before your upcoming travel.

CBP (Custom and Border Patrol) may ask for additional documents such as:

  • Copy of your academic transcript
  • Evidence of Financial Resources
  • Contact Information of Immigration Advisors at JSU.

If F1 student is re-entering the United States after 5-month break, he/she must obtain a new I-20, pay SEVIS fee and enter on initial status.

Airport Shuttle

Fall 2020 Pick Up from ATL Airport 

Airport Pick-up dates: August 12, 2020- August 18, 2020  

Deadline to submit request:  August 05, 2020

Click here to request the shuttle

Cancellation deadline: August 09, 2020

To cancel, send an email notification to cfconnell@jsu.edu  and intlprog@jsu.edu 

*Failure to cancel the shuttle request by the stated deadline will result in fine. Fine is determined by the number of students taking shuttle on the day of your request and the cost of renting the shuttle. 

Fall 2020 Drop Off to ATL Airport 

Drop off November before Thanksgiving Break: November 20, 2020 - November 22, 2020 

Drop off December after Thanksgiving Break: December 09, 2020 ; Decemebr 10, 2020; Decemebr 12, 2020; Decemebr 13, 2020  

Deadline to submit request:  November 01, 2020 

Click here to request the shuttle

Cancellation deadline: November 10, 2020 for November Shuttle and December 01, 2020 for December Shuttle 

To cancel, send an email notification to cfconnell@jsu.edu  and intlprog@jsu.edu 

*Failure to cancel the shuttle request by the stated deadline will result in fine. Fine is determined by the number of students taking shuttle on the day of your request and the cost of renting the shuttle. 

Spring 2021 Dates 

Pick-up:  January 09, 2021- January 11, 2021 (Request form will be published in November, 2020)

Drop-off: May 04, 2021 - May 05, 2021 and May 08, 2021- May 09, 2021 

Students: F-1 students are required to be familiar with the information on their I-20 and make sure that the I-20 is valid for the duration of your program. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that you finish your program of study by the end date on your I-20. The end date on the I-20 is established by the office of international house and programs to reflect the average length of time it should take a student to complete the degree requirements. If, during the course of your studies it becomes necessary to extend your I-20, you must make request for I-20 extension before the end date on your I-20.

Eligibility Requirement:

  • You must have maintained your immigration status to become eligible for extension.
  • You must have compelling academic or medical reasons for not being able to complete the program within the time period allotted on your I20.
  • You must also provide a copy of recent financial document showing the required balance to complete your studies.

Delays in program completion caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension. Failure to follow the degree plan is not acceptable reason for program extension. 

Steps

I. Collect the documents listed below:

1. A copy of recent financial document showing the required balance to complete your studies.

  • One semester extension: $15,250 USD
  • One-year extension: $30,500 USD
  • Scholarship Letter (if applicable)

2. A copy of a doctor's note: If you are requesting an I-20 Extension due to medical condition/illness.

II. Log into your portal- www.international.jsu.edu  (use your myjsu credentials to login)

  1. Go to Current Students
  2. Click on Maintaining Status
  3. Scroll Down and Select I-20 Extension

III. Follow the instructions in your portal, complete the form, upload required documents, request recommendation and submit your request.

You can make a request by clicking below: 

I-20 Extension Form - Student Section

Once the student form is completed, automated email with link will be sent to the academic advisor to complete the Recommendation Form.

International Students will have following two holds every semester that will need to be cleared by the International House & Programs office. Please click on the holds below for more information and to complete the form for hold removal.

Registration holds do not prevent students from accessing their transcripts.

In order to get or renew an Alabama driver’s license, you will need to complete the following steps:

Steps

I. Collect the documents listed below:

  1. Letter of enrollment from your immigration advisor*
  2. Valid passport
  3. Visa
  4. Most recent I-94
  5. Most recent I-20
  6. Social Security Card or a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that you do not qualify for a Social Security number**.
    • Please note that the Social Security Administration office is located in Anniston.
    • The address is: 801 Quintard Avenue, Anniston, Alabama

II. Log into your portal- international.jsu.edu  (use your myjsu credentials to login)

  1. Go to Current Students
  2. Click on General Request
  3. Scroll Down and Select Driver License

III. Follow the instructions in your portal, complete the form and submit your request.

You can make a request by clicking below: 

Letter of Enrollment for Driver License

*Enrollment verification letter for Driver's License purpose can be issued if you are enrolled in the proper number of hours for given term as required by U.S immigration regulations.

  • If you are not enrolled or under enrolled, your request will not be processed. Please abstain from submitting request, until you meet enrollment requirements.

All international students and scholars (and associated dependents where applicable) must file the appropriate Federal and Alabama State income tax forms each year in compliance with Federal and State Income tax laws.

Before reading any further, please visit the following link to learn more about Federal and Alabama State income tax: http://www.jsu.edu/controller/international.html

Below is further information about:

Please note that the Office of International House & Programs nor the Office of the Controller are trained to provide tax advice. You will need to seek assistance from a tax preparer.

International House and Programs in partnership with different departments on campus seek to provide platform for international students to get involved on campus and in the community. Some of the Activities International Students are involved in are:

Welcome Party - New International Students are welcomed with fun activities, music and food.

Coffee Hour - Hosted by International House & Programs, invites campus community to the International house to have coffee and conversation with international students.

International Education Week - A cultural awareness week hosted by the International House & Programs. There are many fun educational activities, such as the study abroad session, cultural workshop, international music social and more.

Taster's Fair - A cultural food festival where international students cook and serve traditional food from their country. Talent show is organized as part of the event.

Pumpkin Carving - Students are invited to participate in a pumpkin carving activity to experience American culture.

Thanksgiving Dinner - Students are invited to Thanksgiving dinner to experience American culture.