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Greetings from the director Welcome to all international students, scholars and their families. More than 380 international students and scholars from more than 60 different countries around the world call Idaho State University their home away from home.
you bring your passport and immigration documents to check in with us when you arrive in Pocatello.
ISU‘s location in the safe, scenic, and low cost small city of Pocatello makes the university an excellent choice for seeking You will have an opportunity to make a strong educational opportunity at valuable social connections and become reasonable costs. The International acquainted with the myriad of resources at Programs Office is here to answer your ISU and in Pocatello that will make your questions and help you with any problem stay enjoyable and productive. you may have. IPO serves as your resource on immigration matters as well To introduce you to the services and as ISU‘s liaison to those Federal Agencies programs of the International Programs concerned with matters related to Office and to make sure you enter the United States in proper status, we ask that international students and scholars
studying and working here. Our staff can also assist you with problems concerning your social and personal adjustments to life in the United States. As you navigate challenging and rewarding new experiences you are always welcome in the International Programs Office. We look forward to getting to know you during your time here at Idaho State University. Our best wishes for a successful stay at ISU and do let us know how we can be of assistance to you. Maria Fletcher Director, International Programs Office.
M e e t t h e i n t e r n at i o n a l p ro g r a m s o f f i c e s ta f f m e m b e r s "I am originally from the beautiful Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. My travels have taken me to some of the most beautiful countries around the world. In the U.S., I have lived and IPO Director worked in Washington Maria Fletcher D.C., Atlanta, Georgia., and College Station, Texas. I have been involved in International Education for 15 years, working as a Director of Student Employment/ Financial Aid, an Assistant Director of International Faculty and Scholars within an International Programs Office, and now in my current assignment.‖ "I was born and raised here in Pocatello. I have been a volunteer instructor for the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center teaching beginning through advanced whitewater kayaking for nearly 10 years. I‘ve Administrative thoroughly enjoyed my Assistant II Kerry Larsen time with the International Programs Office.‖
Intl Student Advisor / SEVIS Coord. Shawn Bascom
"I have been working with ISU international students for going on eight years now and have enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm originally from southern California but have lived in Idaho for the last 18 years. Idaho has truly become my home.‖
Inside this issue: Cover shot by Antonio Tahhan
Greeting from the Director
Meet the IPO Staff
Maintaining F-1 Status 3 ―I moved with my family (wife and son) to Idaho in Updating your Address 3 March 2010, and we are Meet the IPO Student Workers 3 very much enjoying our USCIS Fee Changes 4&5 first Idaho winter. New Information Publications 4 Originally, I'm from Kansas and have worked Adapting to American Culture 5 as an international advisor New Visa Procedures-Mexico City 6 International in New Mexico, as well as Recruiter /Study Tuition & Fee Refund Policy 7 a language teacher in Abroad Specialist Japan (for many years). I Grades & Transcripts Quickguide 7 Sean Milton really enjoy helping Upcoming Recruiting Events 8 students interested in Schedule of Events 8 attending ISU, and love to welcome those new faces to the ISU campus and Events Calendars - Jan & Feb 9 community ― International Alumni Network 10 Advising Schedule
IPO Facebook Page
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Maintaining f -1 status Maintaining your status is extremely important while in the U.S. While maintaining your status is principally your responsibility, our goal is to help you stay informed on how to do so. Paying close attention to the following guidelines will help you avoid falling out of status: Keep your passport valid at all times while in the U.S. You must submit a copy of your new passport to IPO whenever you renew. Pursue a "full course of study" at ISU every semester except during official school breaks, or unless approved under a specific exception, in advance, by IPO. This usually means 12 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students. Make normal progress towards completing your course of study by completing your studies before the program end date on your I-20. Keep your I-20 valid by following the proper procedures for extension of stay. These procedures are outlined on our F-1 Extension of Stay document found on our website and includes submitting the F-1 Extension of Stay
Student/Department Form. If you need to change your program of study or change education levels, you must follow the proper procedures for doing so. Please see your advisor as soon as you have applied for the new program. You are given a 60-day grace period following the program end date on your I-20. Report any change of address to IPO within 10 days of the change. You will be able to make that change through BengalWeb. For on-campus work, you must abide by on-campus work regulations, including NOT working more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. Full-time, on-campus work is allowed during official school breaks. DO NOT work off-campus unless specifically authorized by USCIS through the IPO. Abide by any special requirements, such as Special Registration requirements for those subject to NSEERS registration. This requirement typically results in a special annotation to your I-94 card.
Meet the ipo S t u d e n t wo r k e r s
Schedule an appointment with your Advisor if you have any questions. ―I am originally from Nicaragua but have lived in the U.S. since the age of five. I currently reside in Pocatello, ID and have been working for the International Programs Office since October 2008. Before that I Omar Raudez worked at ISU Academic Affairs and have attended Idaho State University since Spring of 2006. I also was a former ISU Ambassador from 2006-2007. I am currently an undergraduate student at ISU majoring in Theatre and Spanish with a minor in Dance. I am also the President of Danson ISU Student Dance Company and Alpha Psi Omega National Honors Society. I have a high interest to continue to learn and work with the International Programs Office and would love to become an advisor and mentor for students at Idaho State University.‖
―I moved from Houston Texas in 2006 to attend Idaho State University. I am currently a senior majoring in General Studies with a minor in Victor Gomez dance. I am the treasurer of ISU Danson Student Organization and I am also involved in Dance ISU, our faculty choreographed company. I am very excited to be working with the International Programs Office.‖
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U p dat i n g yo u r address in b e n g a lw e b Keeping your address up-to-date is an important part of maintaining your status. BengalWeb allows you to manage ALL of your addresses, including the address required by SEVIS. There are three important addresses in BengalWeb you should know about. RESIDENCY (RA) ADDRESS : Immigration regulations require all international students to update their Resides at address within 10 days of moving. This address is used to update SEVIS and must be kept up-to-date. This address must be your current physical address, not a mailing address. No PO Boxes allowed. PERMANENT (PR) ADDRESS : For international students the PR address must ALWAYS be the home foreign address as this is used for SEVIS reporting. You cannot use this address as a mailing address. Use the mailing (MA) address for mailing purposes. MAILING (MA) ADDRESS : This is the default address for all students. This can be a PO Box or physical street address. This is the address used for W2 and forwarding address for HR purposes and the address most commonly used for student related mailing. To update any of the above address, just log into your BengalWeb portal, click on the Academic Tools Tab and click the Update Addresses and Phones link within the Student Records channel. Thank you for doing your part to maintain your immigration status.
Please note that there is a 3-day waiting period for any document request made to the International Programs Office. We recommend that any request you make to IPO be made at least ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE.
USCIS FEE CHANGES AS OF NOV. 23, 2010 Application/Petition Description
New Fees Effective 11/23/2010
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document
I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative
I-131 Application for Travel Document
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
I-191 Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. after Deportation or Removal
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
I-600/600A I-800/800A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
N ew in f or m at i o n p ub l i c at i ons ava i la b le f o r in t er nat io na l s t ud en ts a nd s ch ol a r s IPO has produced three new publications that we are happy to share with our current students, and to those outside the U.S. who might be interested in ISU. The first publication is a ‗view book‘ of university information aimed at international students, including admissions requirements, services, housing, scholarships, etc. Secondly, two
other flyers are available: Housing Options for International Students, and Financial Assistance for International Students. These publications explain these two important topics of interest for international students in more detail than the view book. If you would like to have copies of these publications to share with your friends or family back home then
please come visit us in the International Programs Office. We would be glad to email these publications as PDF attachments to you or anyone you designate. Contact IPO at email@example.com to request one or more publications. And thanks for your help in making ISU better-known around the world!
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USCIS FEE CHANGES AS OF NOV. 23, 2010 Current Fees
New Fees Effective 11/23/2010
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of Public Law 99-603)
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105-110)
I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service
Civil Surgeon Designation
I-924 Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings
N-400 Application for Naturalization
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
N-600/ 600K Application for Certification of Citizenship/ Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certif- $460 icate under Section 322
Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing
Biometrics Capturing, Processing, and Storing Biometric Information
Adapting to American culture
Can you explain what a 7th inning stretch is, hum the Star Spangled Banner, or cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? American culture can be a lot to absorb for a foreign student with a whole new catalogue of slang, fashion trends, music and food to come to grips with on top of your studies. The good news is there are plenty of organizations and societies at universities across the U.S. to help you integrate, from sports clubs and music groups to film societies and student radio stations. Making friends with Americans is also a great way to experience the true U.S. lifestyle. Get involved and youâ€˜ll soon feel red, white and blue!
PLAN AHEAD! Donâ€™t wait until the day of your travel to check your I-20 for a signature. Document requests take 3 days to process! If you need your I-20 signed urgently, come to Walk-In Hours Tues or Thurs.
M e x i c o c it y - n e w v i s a p ro c ed u r e s Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently. Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview. The ASC staff will collect the applicant‘s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section prior to the applicant‘s interview. ASCs will be located in buildings separate from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates. The new process will provide several advantages to applicants:
Total visa application costs will go down. Applicants will no longer pay one fee to obtain information and schedule the appointment, another fee for the visa application, and a third fee for courier service. Instead, they will pay only one application fee that will cover the appointment, application, and courier fees. The current application fee will stay the same: USD140 for a tourist application, USD150 for petition -based cases (including temporary worker visas), and USD390 for treatytrader and investor visas. Many applicants who are renewing their visas will no longer require an interview with a consular officer. These applicants can simply
visit the nearest ASC in order to submit application documents and provide fingerprints. See the links below for more information on the Interview Waiver Program. Because the collection of biometric information will take place at the ASC, applicants who are required to visit both the ASC and the consular section should spend less time at the consular section than they have had to in the past. Applicants at the U.S. Consulates in Ciudad Juarez, Monterrey, and Nuevo Laredo will no longer pay a USD26 surcharge.
*Interview Waiver Program (IWP) Some applicants who are renewing their visas will not need two appointments. These applicants will only visit the ASC and will not need to visit the Embassy or Consulate. If you meet all of the requirements below, you may be qualified for the Interview Waiver Program:
You are applying with a Mexican passport;
You are applying in the same visa
Your visa is still valid or expired less than one year ago;
You have never been arrested or convicted of a crime;
You have never been deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Immigration or Customs authorities; and
You do not have dual citizenship or your second country of citizenship is a Visa Waiver Program member (see http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/ without/without_1990.html)
For IWP participants, the passport and application will be forwarded to the Embassy or Consulate for review by a consular officer. Please note – the Embassy or Consulate reserves the right to call in any applicant for an interview. If an applicant does require an interview, a representative from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate will contact the applicant to arrange a date and time to come to the Embassy to speak with the Consular Officer.
Appointment Call Center
Applicant pays USD $1.25 per minute to schedule an appointment
USD $140 for tourist visa, USD $150 petitionbased visa
Banamex, Scotiabank, or Credit Card
DS-160 Online Application
Application must be completed online in one session
Application progress can be saved over several online sessions
Interview Waiver Program (IWP)
Many applicant who are renewing visas will not need to come to the Embassy or Consulate for an interview with a Consular Office. *See qualifications above
Appearing for you‘re appointment
All Applicants - Appear at the Embassy to submit IWP Participants - Day 1:Appear at the ASC to submit fingerprints, fingerprints, photo, application, and interview with photo, application a Consular Officer. Non-IWP Participants - Day 1:Appear at the ASC to submit fingerprints, photo, application. Day 2: Appear at the Embassy to interview with Consular Officer.
Pegaso with additional delivery fee
DHS with no additional delivery fee
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New Tuition and fee refund policy ISU has a new refund policy for the Spring 2011 semester. Please keep these dates in mind as you make changes to your class schedule. Spring Semester Refund Periods and Percentages :
100% Refund: Classes cancelled by the University.
No Refund: 8-week classes dropped after the tenth day of classes.
100% Refund: 8-week classes for the first (5) five days of University classes ends 01/14/2011.
All refunds are paid either by University check mailed to your address or by direct deposit to your bank account. Go to http:// www.isu.edu/finserv/feepayment/ directdeposit.shtml for instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit.
Full Term courses: 100% Refund for first 10 days of class, 50% for the next five days
50% Refund: 8-week classes for the next (5) days (second week) of University classes ends 01/24/2011.
100% Refund: Classes cancelled by the University.
No Refund: 8-week classes dropped after the tenth day of classes.
More information about the university refund policy can be found at http:// www.isu.edu/finserv/refpolicy.shtml.
100% Refund: 16-week classes dropped within the first (10) ten days of University classes ends 01/24/2011.
Late 8 week courses: 100% Refund 1st week of class, 50% refund second week of class
If you have questions or need help, please contact these offices:
50% Refund: 16-week classes withdrawn within the next (5) five days (third week) of University classes ends 01/31/2011.
100% Refund: Classes cancelled by the University.
No Refund: 16-week classes withdrawn after the third week of classes.
100% Refund: 8-week classes for the first (5) five days of University classes ends 03/11/2011.
Early 8 week courses: 100% Refund 1st week of class, 50% refund second week of class
50% Refund: 8-week classes for the next (5) days (second week) of University classes ends 03/18/2011.
If you have questions about your account, please contact:(208) 282-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When calling or emailing Student Financial Accounting, please be prepared with your ISU ID (the number listed on your Bengal Card). You can also access this number in BengalWeb on the Academic Tools tab in the ISU ID channel. If you have trouble accessing any of these systems, please contact the IT Service Desk at (208) 282-HELP (4357) or email@example.com.
G r a d e s & t r a n s c r i p t s q u i c kg u i d e View Your Grades by Term
View your Unofficial Transcript
1. Go to BengalWeb (http:// bengalweb.isu.edu), log in, and click on Academic Tools.
1. Go to BengalWeb (http:// bengalweb.isu.edu), login, and click on Academic Tools.
2. In the Student Grades channel, select a 2. In the Student Records channel, click on term from the drop down list, then click Go. the Academic Transcript link. 3. That term‘s classes will appear with their Midterm and Final grades. 4. To print, click on Midterm or Final on the bottom right. When the more complete grades view appears, click on File in the far upper left, then click on Print. (Note: An ―X‖ grade is calculated as an ―F‖ when figuring GPA. A student will receive an "X" grade if he or she never attended class and never dropped the class OR stopped attending class and never dropped the class.)
1. To order an official transcript online, go to http://transcripts.isu.edu. Follow the instructions for online transcript ordering using BengalWeb. Credit card orders are accepted (MasterCard, American Express, and Discover only) as well as online bank payments.
2. To order an official transcript in person, 3. Choose Transcript Level from drop down visit the Office of the Registrar on the box; leave Transcript Type set to Advising second floor of the Idaho Museum of Transcript, and click on Submit. Natural History in Pocatello. Cash or checks/money orders are accepted here. 4. Your unofficial transcript will appear. Ordering an Official Transcript Regular transcripts generally cost $5 each and take a minimum of 3 days to process. Rush orders are available at extra cost. Official transcripts will not be sent until past-due financial obligations to ISU have been paid. For complete instructions go to http://transcripts.isu.edu.
3. To order an official transcript by mail, fill in the transcript request form and mail it along with the appropriate fee to the Office of the Registrar (921 S. 8th, Stop 8196, Pocatello, ID, 83209-8196). Checks or money orders are accepted here. Need Help? Call the IT Service Desk: 2824357 (HELP) firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the User‘s Guide to BengalWeb (How Do I tab) for online instructions
Schedule of Events Check www.isu.edu/calendar for ISU Events updates
January 1 ~ Women‘s Basketball vs. Montana Tech
February 5 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Eastern Washington
January 2 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Portland State University
January 3-5 ~ Official International Student arrival dates
February 7 ~ Summer Registration begins for ALL class levels (subject to change
January 6 ~ Women‘s Basketball vs. Northern Arizona
February 10 ~ Women‘s Basketball vs. Portland State
January 7 ~ Mandatory International Student Orientation
February 11 ~ Men‘s & Women‘s Track vs. ISU Duals Last day to withdraw from early 8-week courses
January 10 ~ Spring classes begin
February 12 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Northern Arizona
January 14 ~ Last day to add/drop early 8-week courses Men‘s & Women‘s Track vs. Snake River Open
February 17 ~ Women‘s Basketball vs. Montana State
January 17 ~ Martin Luther King / Idaho Human Rights holiday (no classes)
February 21 ~ President‘s Day holiday (no classes)
February 22 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Weber State
January 20 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Montana
February 25 ~ Men‘s & Women‘s Track Big Sky Conference
January 22 ~ African Night at the Performing Arts Center
February 28 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Northern Colorado
January 22 ~ Men‘s Track vs. Boise State
February 28—March 4 ~ Mid-term week
January 24 ~ Men‘s Basketball vs. Montana Last day to register, add/drop, change section or A composite calendar of all I.S.U. Athletics events can be found audit full semester at www.isubengals.com/index.aspx . Other I.S.U. Calendars can January 27 ~ Women‘s Basketball vs. Sacramento St be found at www.isu.edu/calendar_news.shtml including Academic calendar, Class schedule, Final Exam Schedule, January 28 ~ Men‘s & Women‘s Track Mountain States Inv. Holiday Schedule and an I.S.U. 5-year Calendar.
UPCOMING RECRUITING EVENTS January 31-February 3 Sean will represent ISU at the biannual international transfer fairs in the Seattle area 2-year colleges. If you have friends or family at any of these schools, and they are interested in learning more about ISU, have them stop by to talk with Sean! January 31 (Monday) Shoreline CC (9:30-12:30) Edmonds CC (2:00-4:00) February 1 (Tuesday) North Seattle CC (9:30-12:30) Seattle Central (2:00-4:00) February 2 (Wednesday) Highline CC (9:30-12:30) Green River CC (2:00-4:00) February 3 (Thursday) Bellevue College (9:30 – 12:30) South Seattle CC (2:00-4:00)
February 17, Thursday
Foothills College and De Anza College (Los Altos Hills, CA, San Jose area) International Transfer Fair. At De Anza College, 10:00 – 1:00.
March 16-27, 2011 Sean will represent ISU in a South Asian international recruiting tour organized by EducationUSA advising centers, in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. In addition to the fairs in the schedule below, the tour group will also conduct some high school visits in these cities. If you have family or friends in these cities or nearby, contact Sean for venue information at email@example.com.
March 17-18 (Thurs.- Fri.) Dhaka, Bangladesh March 20-21 (Sun. – Mon.) Kathmandu, Nepal March 22 (Tues.) Colombo, Sri Lanka March 24 (Thurs.) Karachi, Pakistan March 26 (Sat.) Lahore, Pakistan March 27 (Sun.)
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J a n u a ry Sun
WBB vs. Montana
MBB vs. Portland
Intl Student Arrival Intl Student Arrival Intl Student Arrival WBB vs. N. Arizona
Intl Student Orientation
African Night M Track vs. BSA
MBB vs. Montana
MBB vs. Montana
Martin Luther King Holiday (No classes)
M &W Track Snake River Open
Spring Classes Begin
WBB vs. Sacramento
M & W Track Mountain State Inv
F E B RU A RY Sun
Sat 5 MBB vs. E. Washington
Summer Registration 13
WBB vs. Portland M & W Track ISU Duals 15
WBB vs. Montana
Presidentâ€™s Day (No classes)
MBB vs. Weber St
MBB vs. N. Colorado
M & W Track Big Sky Conference
International programs advising schedule
i.s.u. Are you up to it? Idaho State University is a vibrant institution rich in tradition and spirit, with opportunities for people of all backgrounds to become involved and work together to promote understanding and awareness of all cultures. ISU is an institution with a long and distinguished history of leadership, research, education and service. We are a community of scholars that serves the people of Idaho, the nation and the world by providing the highest quality education, discovering new knowledge to enhance quality of life, creating art, and influencing national and international policy. What is the ultimate college experience? Exposure to stimulating new ideas and ways of thinking. Creating friendships and memories that last a lifetime. Being mentored by faculty who excel in teaching and engage you in exciting research. Joining diverse student organizations and leading other students through community service and campus governance. Becoming an informed citizen of the world and discovering your career path.
If you need to meet with an advisor on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment in advance. International programs office facebook page All past, current and future ISU students are invited to visit the IPO Facebook page. IPO uses this page to provide university information in a casual format, and also encourage dialogue between students (and interested students). Any Facebook member can ‗Like‘ the page and feel free to post items of interest, upcoming IPO and other events, questions for IPO, photos from events, or any item that other international students might be interested in seeing. Find the page at http://www.facebook.com/Idaho-StateUniversity-International-Programs/145729080766. New items are added to the page often, so be sure to check out the latest news on Facebook!
J O IN T HE I N T ER NAT IO NA L A LUM N I NETWOR K
―I was surprised at the variety of cultures and people that are here at ISU. We have students from all 44 counties in Idaho, from over 60 different countries and 49 states. It has definitely enriched my college experience far beyond my expectations.‖
Join the INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI NETWORK Current and former international students at ISU are invited to join the new International Alumni Network (IAN), an organization sponsored by IPO. IAN exists to help ISU students be part of the ISU ‗family‘ and maintain their ISU ties for life, and to have a networking group of contacts from their time at ISU. Also, IPO would like to see IAN help represent the university in students‘ home countries. If you are interested in becoming part of IAN in this formative stage, contact Sean Milton in IPO at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to be a member of this group.