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

  • For many international students the transition to a new country and culture may be very overwhelming. The International Assistant (IA) Program at Barry University offers the opportunity for students to gain leadership skills through the mentorship, involvement, and contribution of experience to new international students at Barry University. The purpose of the IA Program is to help incoming international students adapt and feel comfortable in their new environment. The main role of an international assistant is to help students navigate through life on campus, share information and resources, and provide opportunities for international students to become involved on campus.

  • Inspired by the life and ministry of St. Martín de Porres, the De Porres Center for Community Service develops and promotes opportunities for collaborative service in the local community and activities for the promotion of social justice. The Center encourages Barry University students to make the connection between faith, service, justice, and the mission of the University by providing opportunities for theological reflection and integrative workshops.

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.

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.
  • The U.S. Department of State (DOS) holds a lottery each year to determine who gets one of the 50,000 diversity visas available. You must apply through DOS during the online entry registration period, which typically runs from October through December of each year. Diversity visa lottery winners are notified by mail and, if they qualify, are granted a visa. You cannot enter the diversity visa lottery through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    For more information on obtaining a diversity visa, see the "U.S. Department of State: Entering Diversity Lottery" and "U.S. Department of State: How Do I Participate in the Diversity Lottery Program" links to the right.

    Note: Citizens of some countries are not eligible to apply for the diversity lottery.

     

  • You may be eligible to obtain a green card (permanent residence) through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program if you meet all of the following conditions:

    • You were selected for the Diversity Visa Lottery Program by the U.S. Department of State
    • An immigrant visa is immediately available to you at the time you file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status which can be determined by reviewing the Visa Bulletin (please see the link to the "Visa Bulletin" on the right)
    • You are admissible to the United States

    You may be eligible to obtain a green card as a derivative applicant through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program if you meet all of the following conditions:

    • You are the spouse or child of the principal applicant
    • An immigrant visa is immediately available to you at the time you file Form I-485
    • You are admissible 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
  • Frederique Frage is currently Associate Director of the Office of International and Multicultural Programs. Ms. Frage received a Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Frage has worked in the field of Student Affairs since 2006 and began her tenure at Barry University in 2013. She is a certified Designated School Official and advisor to Black Student Union.

  • To schedule an appointment, please call the office at 305-899-3082 or send an email request to impservices@barry.edu

  • We appreciate your feedback! If you feel we have done an excellent job, or have suggestions, please feel free to send us your feedback. Our email address is impservices@barry.edu

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.
    • Health Insurance - Waiver
    • Required Health Form
    • Consent for Medical Treatment
    • Specific Health requirements for your academic program
      • If your academic program requires specific vaccinations or proof of insurance, please submit all information to your academic compliance personnel in addition to the Student Health Services. If you are not residing on campus and you are not an International student with an F1/J1 visa you do not need to submit vaccinations to the Student Health Services.

    All students residing in University housing or International students with a F1 or J1 visa require:

    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): two doses required at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956 (with the first dose at the age of 12 to 15 months or later and the second dose at age 4 to 6 years or later)
    • Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis: booster with Tdap after 2006
    • Meningococcal (one dose of conjugate or polysaccharide) required for students in university housing only) booster must be received after the age of 16
    • Hepatitis B: Three doses of vaccine or a positive hepatitis B surface antibody or completion of waiver

    Download the Immunization Record form. Take to health care provider to be completed and signed. Send a copy of this immunization record form to the Student Health Services at least 2 weeks prior to registration or check in via fax 305-899-3751 or email to healthservices@barry.edu.

    Acceptable records of immunizations may be obtained from the following sources:

    • High School records
    • Personal shot records (signed or stamped by a healthcare provider)
    • Health Department or physician records
    • Military documents or World Health Organization documents
    • Previous college or university immunization records (these records do not automatically transfer, you must request a copy)

    Please note: All paperwork must be received by the Student Health Services before your check-in date. Failure to provide documentation will require vaccinations prior to registration, and will delay the registration process. All financial responsibility for vaccinations will be the responsibility of the student. Fees for vaccinations will be deferred to the student account.

    If your immunizations records are written in a foreign language please have them translated through a reputable translation service prior to submission to the SHC.

    Please make duplicate copies of all records and information you send to the Student Health Services for your personal files.

  • All students residing in University housing & all international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa require:

    • Proof of insurance
      • Proof of insurance is considered complete when a copy of the students’ insurance card front and back has been provided to the Student Health Services and the primary insurance waiver has been completed (see below for waiver process).
    • Insurance Waiver Form (hyperlink it to mybarry)(complete this waiver if you have private Health Insurance through a licensed US insurance company)
      Deadline Dates
      • August 30, 2013 (Fall 2013 Classes)
      • January 14, 2014 (Spring 2014 Classes)
    • 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 Barry Primary Student Insurance Plan

    *Proof of insurance & completion of the insurance wavier is required prior to checking in to residence and/or before the first day of classes and on an annual basis each fall semester thereafter.

    For the protection of all of our students Barry University has a strict policy regarding health insurance coverage. Failure to comply with this policy may negatively affect your registration process and/or the arrangements for any/all university provided housing.

    If proof of insurance and an approved insurance waiver are not provided prior to the start of classes, the fee for the Barry Primary Student Insurance plan will be billed to the student's account. Such fees are irrevocable and will not be credited under any circumstance.

     

  • International Insurance is not accepted

    All International students with an F-1 or J-1 visa must enroll in the Barry Primary Student Insurance plan unless they have the following:

    • An insurance plan through a reputable US insurance company such as Aetna World Wide, Cigna United, or BC/BS
    • The policy must include all of the requirements outlined below plus:
      • Repatriation of $10,000
      • Medical Evacuation of $10,000
    • Must meet the Affordable Care Act guidelines
    • Insurance benefits must be comparable to the Barry Student Insurance plan through BCBS of Florida:
      • access to primary care (emergency only care is not comparable coverage)
      • Inpatient coverage of 80% of usual & customary reimbursement
      • prescriptive medications at a local pharmacy
      • inpatient and outpatient mental health benefits (including alcohol and substance abuse treatment)
      • an individual deductible not to exceed $2500 per policy year
      • Maternity benefits for our female students
      • Insurance company must be licensed to do business in the State of Florida
      • Must pay directly to physician, hospital or health care provider

    If you meet the above criteria and wish not to enroll in the Barry Student Insurance plan Insurance, you submit the Insurance Waiver form for consideration on MyBarry www.barry.edu/mybarry.

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.

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.

Updates & Holds

  • As an international student you must make sure IMP has the most recent information for the following:

    • Address
    • Email
    • Telephone
    • Name
    • Program information
    • Program end date
    • Sponsorship (source of funding)
    • Degree level
    • Emergency contact

    Department of Homeland Security requires that any changes to your personal information must be reported to your Designated School Official within seven days.

    To update your personal information please stop by our office.

  • Each semester International students will have a registration hold with the Registrar's Office. According to USCIS, every student must update their personal information as it changes in person at the IMP office. Once all information has been updated in person, the registration hold will be cleared. In order for IMP to allow International students to register each semester, we must confirm they are attending classes on the Barry campus. Along with an IMP registration hold, International students will also have a Health Services registration hold. This hold may only be cleared through the Student Health Services.

    On the registration form for International students, there will be a distinction of IS and HN. IS is the registration hold through IMP and HN is the Health Services registration hold. To clear each hold and be able to register, each student must be cleared electronically through the registration system.

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:
  • The I-20 form (F-1 immigration status) is the document issued by the institution or agency with which you are affiliated, in this case, Barry University. You presented the "initial" document to the United States Embassy or consulate abroad to obtain your visa, and you will present the "continued attendance" I-20 to border officials in order to enter the United States each time you travel abroad and return to the U.S. Make sure that page 3 of your I-20 has a valid signature dated within one year of your intended return date before you leave the United States. Failure to do so will prevent you from re-entering the United States.

  • The passport is a government document issued by your country of citizenship and must be kept valid at all times. The passport can usually be renewed through your embassy or one of your consulates in the United States. Passports within six months of expiration date may be rejected when traveling to and from certain countries; it is highly recommended that students renew their passport before traveling in the six month window.

  • If you have been issued a travel document in lieu of a passport by the government of the country in which you are a resident, the above information regarding passports applies to travel documents.

  • The U.S. visa is the stamp inside your passport that permits you to enter the United States. Students will have either an F-1 or a J-1 visa. The U.S. visa may expire while you are in the United States, but you cannot and need not renew it while you are here as long as your I-20 is current and you are pursuing a full course of study. A new visa will be required if the original one expires and you travel outside and then re-enter the United States. You must present the I-20 from the school with which you will be affiliated in order to obtain your visa.

  • The I-94 is the white card that you complete before passing U.S. border officials upon entrance to the United States. This document authorizes you to be in the U.S. as a student or scholar for a specific period of time (D/S- Duration of Status) in a specific program or department at a given institution. The I-94, like a passport, must be valid at all times. The I-94 should be kept with the passport. It will be surrendered to airline officials when you travel outside the U.S. and a new I-94 will be issued upon re-entry to the U.S. (except for Canadian and Bermudan students).

  • If you are planning a trip outside the United States, be sure to check the following before you depart to avoid having problems re-entering the U.S. You should make sure the following are fulfilled prior to travel:

    • A valid passport at least 6 months from expiration
    • A valid visa  
    • If your F-1/F-2 or J-1/J-2 visa has expired, you have to apply for one in your home country
    • A current I-20 or DS-2019 form with appropriate endorsement ( travel signature)
    • Be prepared to talk about your educational goals in the U.S., your intent to return to your home country and your plans once you do return home.

    If you are on optional practical training, you must also present:

    • A valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
    • A letter from your employer stating that you have a job, the job description and the dates of employment.

    Automated Form I-94:

    • Effective April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) automated its arrival and departure process and has eliminated the paper Form I-94 for air and sea travelers (CBP will still issue a paper Form I-94 at land border ports of entry). Although air and sea travelers will no longer receive a paper Form I-94, CBP has created an electronic record of your arrival and departure. You will be able to obtain your admission number and electronic I-94 record through the website www.cbp.gov/I-94This information must be reported to our office within ten (10) days of each entry into the U.S.
    • With the new process, a CBP officer will stamp your passport. This admission stamp will show the date of admission, class of admission (F-1/J-1) and D/S (duration of status). If you receive an expiration date on your admission stamp you must ask the immigration officer to correct it to (D/S).
    • If you are admitted incorrectly to the U.S., you should visit a local CBP Deferred Inspection Site or port of entry to have your admission corrected. A list of Deferred Inspection Sites and ports of entry can be found at www.cbp.gov, under the “Ports” link at the bottom of the page.
    • If you received an incorrect I-94 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you should refer to Form I-102 available at www.uscis.gov/forms

    Travel Endorsement Request Form

    NOTE: If you encounter any difficulties when entering the U.S., do not argue with the immigration officer; ask them to call IMP on your behalf.

  • Effective April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) automated its arrival and departure process and has eliminated the paper Form I-94 for air and sea travelers. Although air and sea travelers will no longer receive a paper Form I-94, CBP has created an electronic record of your arrival and departure.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

    As an F-1 student you were admitted to the U.S. for ‘duration of status’. This means you are permitted to stay in the U.S for as long as you maintain your status by fulfilling the requirements of being an F-1 student. One such requirement is reporting to the International and Multicultural Programs (IMP) office your arrival information (port of entry, entry date, admission stamp in passport and admission number) each time you enter the U.S. You will be able to obtain your admission number and electronic I-94 record through the website www.cbp.gov/I-94. This information must be reported to our office within ten (10) days of each entry into the U.S.

    Please note:

    • I-94 automation will not impact your ability to enter the U.S.
    • Form I-94 provides evidence that you have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. which is necessary to verify alien registration, immigration status, and employment authorization.
    • CBP will still issue a paper Form I-94 at land border ports of entry.
    • With the new process, a CBP officer will stamp your passport. This admission stamp will show the date of admission, class of admission (F-1/J-1) and D/S (duration of status). If you receive an expiration date on your admission stamp you must ask the immigration officer to correct it to (D/S).
    • If you are admitted incorrectly to the U.S., you should visit a local CBP Deferred Inspection Site or port of entry to have your admission corrected. A list of Deferred Inspection Sites and ports of entry can be found at www.cbp.gov, under the “Ports” link at the bottom of the page.
    • If you received an incorrect I-94 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you should refer to Form I-102 available at www.uscis.gov/forms.   
  • When a Port of Entry (POE) issues you a Form I-515A, you need to report to your Designated School Official (DSO) immediately. Your DSO will assist you by providing the proper guidance or documentation required to complete the submission process within the 30 day allotment of time. If these documents are not received within 30 days of your entry into the United States, you will not be in legal status and must leave.

    Please bring the following documents when coming into our office:

    • The completed Form I-515 or I-515A;
    • An original, signed SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 signed by an official from the school;
    • The original I-94 Arrival/ Departure Record

    WHAT IS THE "I‐515A" FORM?

    The I‐515A is a form issued to international students/scholars/dependents by a United States Port of Entry (POE) when the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer is not satisfied with the admission documentation that a student/scholar/dependent provides. For example, the border patrol may issue an I‐515A if the I‐20 or DS‐2019 is missing a valid travel signature.

    The I‐515A Form allows temporary entry into the United States of no more than 30 days.

    The Form I‐94 (the little white card stapled to your passport) is your "Arrival/Departure Record." CBP will issue you a new I-94 in conjunction with the Form I‐515A.

    An F or J student who does not comply with the terms of the Form I‐515A is not legally present in the country once the date on the Form I‐94 expires. You must receive a revised or new I‐94 from SEVP to remain in the United States.

    Once you have visited our office with the proper documentation we will mail your documentation for you. The documentation is to be MAILED to:

    Student and Exchange Visitor Program
    ATTN: I-515A PROCESSING TEAM
    Potomac Center North
    500 12th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20024-6121

    Mailing these forms and the supporting documentation, by USPS, FEDEX, or UPS, to the address above is the onlyaccepted practice. Once the documents are received by mail they will be processed and returned within 10 to 15 business days. If the DSO has not received the adjudicated documents back within this time frame, they may inquire by email at SEVIS.SOURCE@dhs.gov or phone on 703-603-3400.

    If a student or exchange visitor is leaving the United States within that 30 day period, they are to fax copies of the I-515A, their I-94 departure card and their airline ticket to 703-603-3597 Attn: I-515A Processing Team. This will satisfy the compliance requirement for those individuals.

    For more information please visit www.ice.gov or download Form I-515A Information.

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.
  • "Curricular Practical Training" (CPT) is an authorized period of PAID employment that is an integral or important part of a student's curriculum. At Barry University School of Law, there is one scenario through which international students may qualify for CPT:

    • Practical internship/experience is not a requirement of the degree program to earn a JD but it is integral or important to the degree program. Off-campus paid employment may be obtained if the experience is an integral (directly related) part of the JD curriculum. Authorization may be granted to an international student for a specific employer and for a specific period of time. A corresponding CPT course (directed research) is required. The course must be taken during the same semester as, or during the semester immediately following, the employment period. Failure to enroll in and complete the class will result in immediate violation of your legal status. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill all requirements of CPT.
  • Each F-1 student must provide documentary evidence of degree-related activity while on CPT. Students must demonstrate competence in legal writing and research on a topic related to the CPT. The CPT Directed Research course may be taken a maximum of three times at the law school . CPT is an option available for graduate students to enroll immediately. However, the ABA strongly discourages students to work during the first academic year of law school. This practicum requires a grade (credit/fail option is not permissible).

    This course enables a student to receive one academic credit for completing a lengthy research paper and writing on a topic that arises out of a summer position experience in a public interest or private law office. With permission from the Directed Research Supervising Professor, the paper may be increased to meet the ULWR requirements and approved for 2 credits.

    The student must work a minimum of eight (8) weeks during the semester, and use insights and experiences from that exposure to law practice to write a paper of at least 15 pages that provides an academic analysis of an aspect of the student's work in substantive area of law (exclusive of footnotes). Topics for the paper will be chosen in consultation with the instructor but may include: legal analysis, consistent with confidentiality obligations, of a legal question that arose in the course of the work experience. The final paper must be preceded by an outline and a draft.

  • STEP 1: PREPARE FOR THE JOB SEARCH AND APPLICATION PROCESS.

    Barry University International & Multicultural Programs will hold an informational session on the Orlando campus during your first semester of law school. A CPT Application Packet will be provided to you; read it carefully and in its entirety. It is suggested that you meet with Barry Law Career Services to begin resume/cover letter prep and discuss the job search process. Because it can be quite time consuming, it is suggested that you meet during the semester before you plan to search for a job (e.g., meet in December if you plan to search for a summer job during the spring semester).

    STEP 2: OBTAIN AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.

    Employer must complete the CPT Employer Offer Form (or provide an employment letter) that explains the terms of offer. The CPT Application Packet contains the form and an explanation letter you can provide to the employer.

    STEP 3: MEET WITH BARRY LAW DIRECTED RESEARCH SUPERVISING PROFESSOR.

    Meet with the Directed Research Supervising Professor who will serve as the advisor for your Directed Research course (you choose). Provide the professor a copy of the first page of this document, which includes the Directed Research Description. Also, take with you the CPT Application Packet, including the Directed Research Approval Form or the letter from the employer, as well as your completed Employer Offer Form or the letter from the employer. You must provide a completed Directed Research Approval Form to IMP even if you will not register for the Directed Research course until the semester following your work experience. Submitting a completed form to IMP is a prerequisite to gain CPT approval.

    STEP 4: PROVIDE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TO INTERNATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL PROGRAMS OFFICE.

    Follow the checklist on the front page of the CPT Application. Please allow at least ten business days prior to the first day of your intended employment for IMP to process a SEVIS CPT authorized I -20. Remember, submitting a completed form to IMP is a prerequisite to gain CPT approval even if you will not register for the Directed Research course until the semester following your work experience.

    STEP 5: REGISTER FOR THE RELATED CLASS.

    Register for the Directed Research course as instructed by your Directed Research Supervising Professor.

    1. The student must have and be maintaining valid F-1status .
    2. The graduate student is eligible to utilize CPT immediately upon beginning classes but the ABA strongly discourages students from working during the first academic year.
    3. The student must have a job offer with specific start and end dates before registering for the course. The employment must clearly relate to the student's field of study.
    4. CPT must be approved by the Barry Law Directed Research Supervising Professor, as well as the Law School Dean for Student Affairs. Authorization for CPT is granted through Barry University International & Multicultural Programs.
    5. CPT can either be part-time or full-time. Part-time employment may not exceed 20 hours per week while school is in session. Full-time employment (more than 20 hours a week) during official school breaks is permitted. Students need separate endorsements for part-time and full-time employment even if the employment is in the same term or semester.
    6. Students may enroll in one CPT class per semester (to receive one unit of credit). However, with permission from the Directed Research Supervising Professor, the paper may be increased to meet the ULWR requirements and approved for 2 credits. The course must be taken during the same semester as, or during the semester immediately following, the employment period. Note that international students must be registered during the fall and spring semesters for at least 6 credits except for the final semester prior to graduation.
    7. Students must obtain a separate I-20 Form endorsement for each CPT employer.
    8. The student must work a minimum of eight (8) weeks with the CPT employer for each CPT approved.
    9. There is no limitation upon the length of time you may participate in CPT generally, but if you participate in twelve consecutive months of CPT you will end your eligibility for any type of optional practical training (including post-completion OPT). Maintain good communication with IMP to ensure you are not jeopardizing future OPT.
    10. Students who have already completed all course requirements for their degree are not eligible for CPT. CPT may not be used as a reason for delaying graduation.
    11. Students who have applied for Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training may not apply for CPT during the same period requested on their Pre-OPT application. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) could interpret this sort of "double processing" as facilitating inappropriate employment and possibly illegal authorization of practical training.

    Law Student CPT Information

    Law Student CPT Packet

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.

  • While you are pursuing a degree at Barry University, you must maintain your F-1 student visa status and comply with all United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regulations under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Maintaining status means keeping all of your immigration documents current/updated as well as attending the required amount of classes at the institution you are authorized to attend. Failure to maintain status may result in penalties that will negatively affect your ability to continue your studies and/or remain in the U.S. and/or apply for future immigration benefits.

  • HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

    • Not enrolled at all
    • Enrolled for less than full time
    • Unauthorized employment
    • Staying after employment ends
    • Staying beyond expiration of I-20 while still enrolled
    • Staying beyond F or J grace period
    • Staying beyond expiration of I-94 card (if not admitted for Duration of Status, aka D/S)
    • Not engaging in activity for which admitted
    • Not processing transfer on time
    • Not processing change of degree level on time
    • Other violations

    WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES?

    • Should leave the U.S. (or apply for reinstatement if available)
    • May not be employed (even on campus)
    • May not be granted any immigration benefits, such as OPT, extension, transfer, etc.
    • May not change status in the U.S.
    • May never adjust to permanent residence in the U.S. unless married to a U.S. citizen (some other exceptions may also apply)

    UNLAWFULLY PRESENT (3/10 YEAR BAR)

    • After 180 days of unlawful presence, the person may not be readmitted to the U.S. for 3 years
    • After 365 days of unlawful presence, the person may not be readmitted to the U.S. for 10 years
  • F-1 international students are required to pursue a full course of study and maintain a specific number of credit hours per semester in order to comply with USCIS regulations. If a student falls below these hours, they are out of status. The requirements for FULL TIME enrollment are as follows:

    • Undergraduate – 12 credit hours
    • Graduate – 9 credit hours
    • PhD./Doctorate – 6 credit hours

    Students who are in their last semester before degree completion/graduation may be enrolled less than full time.

    Students must also be enrolled in classes commensurate with their degree level: Graduate students MUST take graduate level courses, not undergraduate. If the degree requires classes at a lower degree level, check with the Academic Advisor and IMP BEFORE enrolling.

    If there is a medical, family, financial, or some other emergency that requires the student to drop below a full course of study, they must contact IMP immediately.

  • Should an F-1 student fall out of status and wish to remain a student at Barry University, they will need to follow the reinstatement procedures set forth by USCIS.

    Falling out of status can happen a number of ways. The penalties for being in the U.S. unlawfully include forfeiture of employment benefits, inability to apply for future change of status, and you may be subject to immediate removal from the U.S. If you think you are or will fall out of status, please contact IMP immediately.

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.

For a list of locations and to make an appointment in Dade county, visit: http://www.flhsmv.gov/offices/miamidade.html.

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.

The closest Social Security Office (and a Social Security Office locator) can be found at 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.
    1. Apply and be accepted to a new school.
    2. Make an appointment with IMP.
    3. Present IMP with Letter of Acceptance from new school.
    4. Provide Transfer form from new school to IMP (with top portion completed).
    5. Submit completed transfer form to new school.*

    *IMP will complete the transfer in SEVIS and fax documentation to the new school, but it is the student's responsibility to ensure all documentation is received by the new school.

    You must enroll at your new school for the first available term after you leave Barry University, or after your annual vacation or completion of your postgraduate Optional Practical Training. To complete the transfer process, obtain an "initial" I-20 from your new school and keep for your records.

    NOTE: If you plan to depart the United States immediately after leaving Barry University and before you enroll at your new school, you will not need to follow the above transfer procedures. To re-enter the United States, however, you should follow the instructions in either (A) or (B) below:

    (A) If your visa is still valid for re-entry, you simply need to take the new I-20 with you and present it to the USCIS official at the border or port of entry.

    (B) If your visa has expired, you will need to take the new I-20, proof of your financial support/aid and proof of any ties you may have to your home country, back to your country of citizenship and the U.S. Embassy to apply for a new F-1 visa.

J-1 Categories at Barry University

Important Things To Know

    1. Need to complete a full course of study during the fall and spring semesters. (Summer semester is not required unless student is on initial status)
      Undergraduate students – 12 credit hours
      Graduate students – 9 credit hours
      Doctoral students – 6 credit hours

      Note: provisional acceptance to a program or academic probation/suspension is not an exception to this rule.

      Deviations from full course of study can only be approved by Claudia Biscardi (RO – Responsible Officer) prior to the student dropping below full-time enrollment. The International and Multicultural Programs Office is located at Landon Student Union suite 202B and can be reached at X3082.
    2. Must come to the International and Multicultural Programs in person to have their registration hold removed every semester. Every international student will have a registration hold placed every semester. Academic advisors or other administrators cannot request to have them removed for the student. Requests by phone, mail, email or fax will not be responded to unless the student is a continuing student attending a Barry campus furthers than 25 miles from the main campus.
    3. Need an endorsement on the first page of their DS-2019, when they travel out of the country. Only a Responsible Officer or Alternative Officer can sign a DS-2019 form, when they travel out of the country. We have one Responsible Officer and two Alternative Officers RO/ARO on campus. Academic advisors / deans or athletic coaches are not ROs nor AROs.
    4. Can work off-campus only if they have received authorization from a RO/ ARO prior to starting employment. 
    5. Can work on-campus up to 20 hours a week during the spring and fall semester and up to 40 hours during winter and summer breaks as long as the student is in status. Only the International and Multicultural Programs Office can confirm their status.
    6. Need to apply for a program extension before the date on the current DS-2019 form. This should be done one semester prior to the expiration date. One of the documentation items required to apply for program extension is a letter from academic advisor explaining the reason for the delay. Extension request forms are also available at IMP’s website www.barry.edu/imp
    7. Must have change of major reflected in their student record (AIS) in order to have a DS-2019 issued to reflect the change of major. Please remember, a DS-2019 Form must always be reflective of the student’s academic pursuit while in the U.S.
    8. Must report to IMP any changes of address within 10 days of the change. Change in marital status or any aspect of the program of study is to be reported as well within such time change.
    9. J-1 Students can apply for academic training (AT) The period of academic training cannot exceed the period of time spent as an enrolled student. Work must begin no more than 30 days after completion of study. Application for academic training must be made well in advance of the program expiration date on the DS-2019 as a valid DS-2019 form, is required at all times.
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      • The combination of time spent as a student plus time spent doing Academic Training can be a maximum of 24 months.

        Degree seeking students
      • Generally, 18 months cumulative throughout all programs is allowable, meaning that if 4 months were used at the Bachelor’s level and 8 months at the Master’s level, there would be 6 months left for use during a doctoral program.
        • More than 18 months can be approved  if necessary to satisfy mandatory requirements of the program
        • Doctoral students may receive an additional 18 month period following completion of the doctoral degree. This results in doctoral students being eligible for 36 months in total.
    • Athletes should not engage in playing a sport until they have clearance from International and Multicultural Programs Office.

      If you have any further questions or concerns, please call International and Multicultural programs Office at 305-899-3082 or impservices@barry.edu

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.
  • You need to remember the following:

    • Report address and telephone number changes, to the office of International and Multicultural Programs, within 10 days of any change in your U.S. or home country address and telephone number.
    • Keep your passport valid (at least 6 months into the future at all times)
    • Always have a valid I-20/DS-2019 form, if you need an extension you must request an appointment with your academic advisor, your academic advisor must send an original on a school letter head letter to IMP requesting your I-20 or DS-2019 to be extended.
    • Obtain a travel signature in the I-20/DS-2019 as needed
    • Inform the office of International and Multicultural Programs (IMP) if you end or leave your program before your I-20 expires
    • Abide by employment regulations; meet with your academic advisor if you are planning to register for an internship/clinical rotations etc. Apply for CPT/AT through your international student advisor to obtain authorization before engaging in any internship, clinical rotation etc.  
    • Check your Barry University e-mail regularly for updates from the International and Multicultural Programs and read IMP e-mails carefully, follow up as necessary
    • Make an appointment with an International student’s advisor for any questions you may have regarding your immigration status or regulations
    • Maintain health insurance at all times, health insurance must meet Barry University Health Center standards

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
  • If a J-1 is subject to the two year home country physical presence requirements, but are not able to fulfill the requirement, the individual must obtain a waiver approved by the Department of Homeland Security prior to changing status in the U.S. or being issued a visa in certain categories for travel to the U.S. To apply for the waiver, individual must file a DS-3035 form, which may be accessed through the Department of State’s website.

  • Individuals that participated in J program for more than six months are not eligible to enter the U.S. as a J-1 Research Scholar or Professor until 12 months after the exit from the U.S. Time spent in the J-1 Short-term Scholar category does not count towards the 12 month bar.  The 12-month bar applies to both the J-1 principal and any J-2 dependents. The 12 month bar does not prevent individuals from returning to the U.S. in any other visa status.

  • Any individual who participates in an Exchange Visitor program in the Researcher Scholar or Professor category on or after 11/18/2006 is subject to a 24 month bar on “repeat participation” in those categories.  Scholars subject to the 24 month bar may not return to the U.S. as a J-1 scholar in the Research Scholar or Professor category for the 24 month period.  This bar also applies to J-2 dependents.
    The 24 Month Bar is not the same as the Two Year Home Residence Requirement (212(e)).  The 24 month bar does not prevent individuals from returning to the U.S. in any other visa status.

  • J scholars in the Research Scholar and Professor categories will not be able to return to the U.S. as a J scholar for a 2 year period upon conclusion of their program.  When a j scholar either concludes or leaves a J-1 program, whichever happens earlier, the scholar’s record becomes inactive in SEVIS; thus making it impossible for the International Services to reactivate it.  At that point, the 24-month bar time starts to accrue.

    Two Year Home Residence Requirement – 212 (e) “The Bars” 12 Month and 24 Month Bar
    Focus on “Exchange” Focus on “Visitor”
    May apply to any J category under certain conditions (graduate medical training, government funding, skills list) Applies only to persons seeking sponsorship in J-1 Research Scholar or Professor categories
    If applicable, requires exchange visitor to go home for two years or seek waiver If applicable, does not require person to go home.  Prohibits recurring use of these categories

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.

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.

 

  • WHAT IS OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING?

    Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student's major area of study.

    PRE-COMPLETION OPT

    An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT after he or she has been enrolled for one full academic year. The pre-completion OPT must be directly related to the student's major area of study. Students authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT must work part-time while school is in session. They may work full time when school is not in session.

    POST-COMPLETION OPT

    An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in post-completion OPT upon completion of studies. The post-completion OPT must be directly related to the student's major area of study.

    WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO PARTICIPATE IN PRE- OR POST-COMPLETION OPT?

    • Students must initiate the process by requesting a recommendation letter from their academic advisor, followed by a recommendation from the Designated School Official (DSO) at their academic institution.
    • The DSO will then help the student file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A list of other necessary documents to complete application submission is available in the office and online ("OPT Checklist"). If approved, USCIS will issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to the student.
    • The student may begin pre- or post-completion OPT only after an application has been approved and an EAD has been received.

    FAQS

    1. Do the periods of pre-completion OPT count against the available periods of post-completion OPT?

      Yes. All periods of pre-completion OPT are deducted from the available periods of post-completion OPT at a 2 to 1 ratio (One month of pre-completion OPT is worth two months of post-completion OPT). For each degree level, a student may complete a maximum six months of pre-OPT or 12 months of post-OPT.

    2. Are there fees associated with filing for OPT?

      Yes. USCIS charges $410 when an applicant files a Form I-765 for optional practical training.

    3. When must a student apply for OPT?

      • Under current regulations, F-1 students may apply for post-completion OPT up to 90 days prior to graduation. It is recommended students apply as closely to the beginning of this time period as possible as the USCIS posts a processing time of up to 90 days.

      • This rule also allows F-1 students seeking initial post-completion OPT to apply during their 60-day departure preparation or grace period (but may count against their 12 month total if the application is not approved before the scheduled start date; post- OPT must begin 60 days after degree completion date).

    4. Travel while OPT application is pending?

      USCIS has stated informally that it considers a departure from the United States during pendency of a change of status application to be an abandonment of the change of status request. Since the work authorization request is a modification of a current status, we strongly encourage you not to travel while pending OPT approval.
  • DEFINITION OF CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING

    The regulations state that curricular practical training must be “an integral part of an established curriculum.”  They define curricular practical training as “alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of requiredinternship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.”

    8 C.F.R. § 214.2 (f) (10) (i)

    According to the USCIS, the word "required" limits this type of practical training to work experiences which are required parts of the curriculum; however, in an instance such as Economic Hardship, a student may be eligible for CPT.  This clarification is discussed below in more detail.

    JOB ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    To be considered curricular practical training, the work must not only be related to your major field of study but also must be an integral part of your studies.  Training that is required by your degree program always meets the requirements for curricular practical training, regardless of whether you receive academic credit for your work or not.  Training which is notrequired by your degree program may meet the requirements for curricular practical training if you receive academic credit for the employment experience or if it is offered by sponsored employers through a co-op program with your school. If you encounter a training opportunity which involves employment, check with your International Student Advisor to determine if it qualifies as curricular practical training.

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    Graduate students: (1) must maintain lawful F-1 status, (2) the proposed employment must be a required part of your studies and (3) you may apply for permission to engage in curricular practical training whenever your program requires your participation, even if it is immediately upon beginning your studies.
    Undergraduate students (1) must maintain lawful F-1 status, (2) the proposed employment must be a required part of your studies AND (3) you must have completed nine months of full-time study (Fall & Spring- not Summer) in order to be eligible for any form of curricular practical training.


    Students must apply for CPT a week before employment start date
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    Employment which Is Not a Required Part of Your Degree Program
    .  In order to be eligible to apply for permission to have a job which is not a required part of your study program, you must (1) be in lawful F-1 status and (2) have been a full-time student for at least one academic year AND qualify for ECONOMIC HARDSHIP (separate handout).


    English Language Students
    .  Students enrolled in English language training programs are not eligible for curricular practical training.

     

    PART-TIME VS. FULL-TIME CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING

    Part-Time Training.  Employment for 20 hours or less per week while you are also enrolled for classes is considered 'part-time' curricular practical training.  In this case, the employment authorization on page 3 of your USCIS Form I-20 should specify permission to engage in 'part-time' training, and you MUST limit your work to no more than 20 hours per week.  There is no limitation on the length of time you may participate in part-time curricular practical training* but you must be enrolled in school during your training in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

    *Important Note: F-1 students who engage in an aggregate of 12 months or more of full-time curricular practical training in one academic year become ineligible for Pre & Post Optional Practical Training. 8 C.F.R.§214.2(f)(10)(i)

  • The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field. On May 10, 2016, this extension effectively replaced the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension.

    Eligible F-1 students with STEM degrees who finish their program of study and participate in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT (often for 12 months) have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension. Students may not apply for STEM OPT extensions during the 60-day grace period following an initial period of regular post-completion OPT.

    STEM OPT EXTENSION QUALIFICATIONS

    To qualify for a 24-month STEM OPT extension, an F-1 student participating in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT must:

    • Have a degree in an eligible STEM field from a Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified school that is accredited when the student submits their STEM OPT extension application to USCIS.
    • Pursue their STEM OPT extension through an employer that is enrolled in USCIS's E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.
    • Select a STEM OPT employer that provides the student with formal training and learning objectives.
    • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week per employer.

    For more information about STEM OPT extension eligibility requirements, please visit the IMP Office in Landon 108.

     

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.

  • The following are printable forms with information that may also be found on this website that you may find helpful to download or print. If you have questions about any of the documents, or need clarification on what they are for, please contact the Office of International and Multicultural Programs at 305-899-3082 or email us at impservices@barry.edu.

    F-1 Status Responsibility Checklist

    I-20 Extension Form for Academic Advisor

    Below Full Time Authorization

    Change of Status

    Document Request Form

    FERPA Form

    Graduate Research Assistant Time Sheet

    International Student (Check-in) Information Sheet

    Maintaining F1 - Status

    Obtaining a Social Security Card

    OPT checklist

    Reinstatement Procedures

    Sample CPT Letter

    STEM checklist

    Transfer Procedures

  • International students are able to request certain letters from IMP. In order to do so, you must fill out a Document Request Form and submit it to our office. Below are various letters that can be completed by your Designated School Official.

    • Social Security Number application letter
    • Overall Status Letter
    • Financial Verification Letter
    • Invitation
    • Letter of Introduction (DMV)
    • Concurrent Enrollment
    • CADIVI
    • Transient Letter
    • Volunteer Letter
    • Visa renewal Letter
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