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International and Multicultural Programs

International and Multicultural Programs

The Office of International and Multicultural Programs distinguishes itself as a leader in the provision of resources, services, and advocacy the Barry University international student and scholar community needs to achieve academic success. Furthermore, IMP enriches Barry University’s cultural knowledge through education, engagement, and exposure to multicultural traditions and backgrounds.

The purpose of the Office of International and Multicultural Programs (IMP) is to provide resources, services, and programs that further develop the international dimension of Barry University. We serve as representatives and advocates for international students and scholars by facilitating relationships with Barry University’s academic and administrative departments, local, state, federal and international agencies, and various organizations and members of the Miami Shores community.

IMP strives to develop the international community at Barry University through increasing international education and exchange. By offering international students, exchange visitors, and study abroad students domestic and international learning opportunities, IMP will continue to expand our resources and services to accommodate the growing international student population.

Our Services

The Office of International and Multicultural Programs is here to assist international students at Barry University with the many rules and regulations related to immigration, document requests, and much more. On our website we have listed the various services we provide and the resources needed make your collegiate career as an international student a simpler transition.

Please feel free to contact us if you need further clarification on what you may need or if you have any questions. We can be reached at 305-899-3082 or at impservices@barry.edu.

Get Involved

Immigration Seminars

Immigration Seminars are monthly in depth presentations about immigration policies and opportunities for international students. Seminars are hosted by IMP and include members of the Barry University and South Florida community to advise and assist students. 

Topics include, but are not limited to: Driver License, Social Security Card/Work Authorization, Employment Opportunities, Housing, Tax Reporting and Volunteering/Community Service Projects.

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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes 50,000 diversity visas available annually, drawn from random selection

among entries of individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Contact Us

The Office of International and Multicultural Programs is located in the Landon Student Union, Suite 108. If you have any questions regarding our services, or your status as an international student, please stop by or give us a call!

Landon Student Union
Suite 108
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695

Phone: 305-899-3082;
1-800-756-6000 ext. 3082
Fax: 305-899-3083

Congratulations on taking the first step in becoming an International student at Barry University! Admissions and Financial Aid

Health Services Requirements

All students residing in University housing or all international students on an F1 or J1 visa are required to provide proof of insurance that meets the Affordable Care Act guidelines

Students with private insurance plan - Must complete insurance waiver through www.barry.edu/mybarry.

*A submission of a waiver does not guarantee that the waiver will be accepted. If the waiver fails to meet the standards of adequacy for insurance, you will be notified by email and billed for the one semester of the primary student insurance.

Orientation

Orientation will provide you with necessary information about Barry University, the services and events offered by the Office of International and Multicultural Programs, and immigration regulations that you MUST abide by to maintain your status as an international student.

 

Orientation is a time for you to get acquainted with the IMP staff, International Assistants, and fellow students; take advantage of this opportunity to network and form friendships that will help you navigate your academic pursuits and future career.

International orientation for international students is mandatory; students who do not attend will not be able to register for the upcoming semester.

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Check-In

You must complete the following forms:

FERPA
International Student Information
F1 International Student (Check-in) Information Sheet
Maintaining F-1 Status
Status Responsibility Checklist
Necessary documentation:

Copy of passport
Copy of Visa
Copy of I-94
Copy of I-20

Check In with IMP

Your first entry into the U.S. and each subsequent entry, while you are a Barry student, require a visit to the office of International and Multicultural Programs as soon as you arrive to the campus. Most students (Canadians and Bermudans are a known exception) will receive a new I-94 card upon each reentry to the U.S.; this information (the 11 digit number and expiration date- if applicable) must be reported to IMP immediately and updated in our database.

 

Also, important information updates must be recorded (some must be reported BEFORE the change- Change of Status, dropping below full course load, etc.) in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). These updates include: address, email, telephone, program end date, program and degree level.

 

BEFORE you leave the U.S. (for vacation, business or an emergency) contact IMP either to receive an updated Travel Authorization Signature, or to verify all of your documents are current and appropriate for travel.

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Updates & Holds

Immigration and Travel

International students and scholars in the U.S. should be aware of the immigration regulations that affect their stay here and should be certain to keep all documents appropriately updated and valid.

You should be familiar with the following documents:

Orlando Law Students

This information is designed for students in F-1 temporary/non-immigrant status. This provides information on a type of employment opportunity, which is known as "curricular practical training".

You must attend information sessions provided by International Multicultural Programs and it is mandatory that the IMP office be included on all correspondence, address updates, new/updated documentation and related activity.

Maintaining Status

Some students who come to the United States under a different visa may want to apply for an F-1 student visa. F-1 visas are for students who wish to pursue a full course of study at an American institution; dependents of F-1 students (those who have an F-2 visa) are not allowed to enroll full-time at Barry University*.

 

If you are in a status in which you are not authorized to work (i.e. F-2), you may not be employed in any capacity until you receive notification from the USCIS that your status has been changed. This process can take two to three months.

Dependents of certain visa holders are eligible to attend Barry University at full-time status.

For more information, Click Here.

If you would like to change from B- 1/B-2 status to F- I or J- 1, please be aware that this change is not often approved unless the B-1/B-2 visa bears the notation "prospective student." Also, petitioners may not attend classes until USCIS has approved status change.

Drivers License

Students who wish to drive while they are in the United States must abide by the Department of Motor Vehicles' regulations governing motorist's knowledge of Florida traffic safety laws. Please check the following links for information regarding requirements for non-immigrant students: who needs a driver license and when, what information is required to obtain a driver license, and DMV office locations.

Before you make an appointment with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you should first request a status letter from IMP to take to the Social Security Administration. The DMV requires proof of Social Security Number before they will issue a Driver License, but many international students do not have a Social Security Number. Present the IMP status letter at the Social Security Office and they will provide you with an additional letter stating that you do not have a Social Security Number. Take both of these letters to the DMV along with your passport, I-94, I-20 and two (2) proofs of residential address

Florida Driver Handbook (requirements for non-immigrants, page 5) Required documentation for Non-immigrant and Canadian Students

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    For a list of locations and to make an appointment in Dade county

    http://www.flhsmv.gov/offices/miamidade.html

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    For a list of acceptable documents

    http://www.gathergoget.com/checklist/checklist.aspx

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    The closest Social Security Office (and a Social Security Office locator) can be found

    https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/Controller

Transfer Procedures (F-1)

In order to effectively transfer to another school in the United States, you should obtain a USCIS Form I-20-A-B from the school you wish to transfer to and notify the office of International and Multicultural Programs (IMP) at Barry University of your intent to transfer.

To be eligible to transfer, you must be enrolled full-time, (you may also be on an annual vacation period or on an approved Optional Practical Training Program) and in-status with the USCIS. If you are not in-status with the USCIS, you should immediately contact IMP to request an "Application for Reinstatement" with USCIS.

J-1 Categories at Barry University

Important Things To Know

Responsibility Checklist

As an international student /scholar, you have an obligation to comply with the immigration laws and regulations of the United States. It is illegal to violate U.S. federal immigration laws and regulations for any reason whatsoever.

As an exchange visitor with F-1/J-1 status, you are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with the U.S. laws and regulations that apply to you. Your failure to be aware of and comply with these requirements could jeopardize your stay in the United States.

212(e), Waivers, Bars

Upon completion of an exchange program in the U.S., certain J scholars are required to live in their home country for a period of two years before they are eligible to apply for immigrant status (U.S. Permanent Residency or “green card”) or work visas (H, L, or K). This requirement applies if:

The exchange visitor’s participation in an exchange program was financed, directly or indirectly, by the U.S. government or a foreign government for purpose of exchange
The skills that the exchange visitor is coming to develop or exercise in a field which the exchange visitor’s “home” government requested be included on the Department of State skill lists.
The exchange visitor comes to the U.S. to receive graduate medical education or training

Work Authorization

All employment must be directed through IMP whether it is paid or unpaid.

*All international students are required to report to Internal Revenue Service each year regardless of income.

As an F-1 student you will be eligible for employment at different stages of your degree program. Below are employment opportunities available to you

Working On Campus

The following is directly from Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

"On-campus employment for F 1 students is work that takes place either at your school or at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with your school. This work could be for an on-campus commercial business, like a bookstore or cafeteria, as long as the work directly provides services for students."

"F 1 students may work at any qualifying on-campus job that does not displace a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR). They can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session. They may work full-time during those periods when school is not in session or during the student's annual break."

Please visit the Career Services website for more information and opportunities to work on campus.

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Working Off Campus

The following information is directly from Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

"Off-campus employment for F-1 students is defined at 8 CFR 214.2 (f)(9)(ii)(A). Generally, it is employment that is for economic need and is not required to be related to the student's academic course of study."

"F 1 students are allowed to enter the United States for academic studies. They are required to show that they will be able to afford the costs of school and living expenses prior to entry and should not plan on being allowed to work off-campus. Off-campus employment is authorized only in cases of severe economic hardship occurring subsequent to a student's enrollment in an academic program or in emergent circumstances as defined by DHS."

‘Working off campus' is often confused with Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training work authorization. Working off campus is not permitted for F-1 students unless they have applied and been approved for Severe Economic Hardship or emergent circumstances.

 

Social Security Card

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), "Social Security numbers are generally assigned to people who are authorized to work in the United States."

 

 

"Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. Social Security will not assign you a number just to enroll in a college or school."

 

To learn more about securing a Social Security Card through IMP, click here.

International Student Orientation

The purpose of the Office of International and Multicultural Programs (IMP) is to provide resources, services, and programs that further develop the international dimension of Barry University. We serve as representatives and advocates for international students and scholars by facilitating relationships with Barry University’s academic and administrative departments, local, state, federal and international agencies, and various organizations and members of the Miami Shores community.

 

The Office of International and Multicultural Programs distinguishes itself as a leader in the provision of resources, services, and advocacy the Barry University international student and scholar community needs to achieve academic success. Furthermore, IMP enriches Barry University’s cultural knowledge through education, engagement, and exposure to multicultural traditions and backgrounds.

IMP strives to develop the international community at Barry University through increasing international education and exchange. By offering international students, exchange visitors, and study abroad students domestic and international learning opportunities, IMP will continue to expand our resources and services to accommodate the growing international student population.

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