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International Student Services Newsletter - Summer 2013

ISS SUMMER HOURS & NEW OFFICE NUMBER

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Walk-in office hours from now through August 30th will be Monday-Friday from 10 am – 12 pm.  In the afternoons though, we do ask that you please contact our office to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact our Front Office at 408-551-3019 or by email at iss@scu.edu. Regular walk-in office hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd. You are able to pick up or drop off documents with the Front Desk anytime between 10 am and 4 pm.

 

Please note that the main Global Engagement Office phone number is 408-554-3019. The old ISS number is no longer in service so please use this main number when trying to contact ISS staff.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!

Congratulations to our 94 F-1 students who completed their degrees this Spring! We wish you all the best as you pursue your future endeavors. Please take a moment to browse through more graduation photos on the ISS student life page: 

http://www.scu.edu/studentlife/iss/studentlife/student-life.cfm

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For those on OPT, please remember to continue to update your employer information with us through our online form:

http://www.scu.edu/studentlife/iss/Address-or-OPT-Updates.cfm

For those sponsored for H-1B employment visas, please contact us after October 1st to ensure that your F-1 has been appropriately terminated.

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MESSAGE FROM THE ALUMNI OFFICE

CONGRATULATIONS to all graduating international students.  The Alumni Relations Office would like to encourage you to stay in touch and let us know what you are doing as time passes.  We have a link on our webpage that allows you to UPDATE any information that might change over the years.  Here is the link:  

http://www.scu.edu/alumni/bronco-community/address-update.cfm

We wish you the best in all your future endeavors and ask that you stay connected to your Santa Clara family.

 
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MSIS IS NOW A STEM DEGREE!

We are excited to announce that MSIS at SCU is now a STEM designated program. This change impacts all current F-1 students, recent graduates and alumni whose OPT is still valid.

As part of this process, I-20's with the new CIP code (11.0103) for impacted students have been issued and are to be picked up from Lucas Hall. If you have not received an updated I-20, please contact us at iss@scu.edu.

Please note that if your F-1 status (i.e. your SEVIS record) is no longer valid or active, we will not be able to issue you an I-20 with the updated major code.


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SUMMER TRAVEL

If you are an F-1/J1 visa holder and are planning a trip outside of the U.S., please don't forget to check page 3 of your I-20 (for F-1 students) or the first page of your DS-2019 (for J-1 students) before you depart. If the document has not been SIGNED within the past year for travel, you must request a travel signature from an ISS advisor. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Keep in mind that the signature is valid for one year, for multiple entries. (For students who are on post-completion practical training, however, the signature is valid for six months, not one year).  To request the signature, please bring your I-20/DS-2019 to ISS, at least one week before departure. 

In addition to the I-20/DS-2019, you will also need a valid F-1/J-1 visa stamp. It is recommended that you also carry your previous I-20s/DS-2019s and an unofficial copy of your transcript in addition to recent financial documents.

If you are on OPT, you will also need your EAD card and a job offer letter.

For complete information regarding travel and re-entry to the US, please visit the link below:

http://www.scu.edu/studentlife/iss/current/travel_reentry.cfm

 

TRAVEL ALERT

Because of the Boston bombings involving an international student who withheld information from federal agents, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has increased re-entry screening for international students returning from travel abroad. It is very possible that if you are travelling abroad this summer, you will be sent to secondary interrogation where CBP will confirming that your SEVIS record is in "active" status. If your record has been terminated in the past, be prepared to show supporting documentation and to explain how your case was resolved. This additional screening could cause delays so plan ahead, especially if you will be making connections once you arrive in the US. There is no need to panic though if you are sent to secondary interrogation, as it will be common practice for all international students until further notice.

 

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PHOTO CONTEST

The Global Engagement Office is excited to announce the winners of the International Student Services Spring 2013 Photo Contest! Students were asked to submit their photos into the following three categories: The Bronco Experience, Landscapes, and Culture. Our office was delighted with the many amazing photos submitted capturing the multidimensional experience of being a student at Santa Clara University. One photo was chosen from each category.

We would like to congratulate the following winners by category:

The Bronco Experience: Rico Mok

Landscapes: Chunheng Li

Culture: Prinal Khandelwal

There will be another photo contest coming up soon. Make sure to look for the emails. In the meantime, continue to snap those photos and have them ready to submit for the next deadline.

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        The Bronco Experience                   Landscapes                       Culture
                  Rico Mok                                Chunheng Li              Prinal Khandelwal

 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for ISS Welcome Week

We are hoping to utilize our current international students for various activities we have scheduled for a fun-filled week for our Fall incoming international students. The events will take place the week of September 16th with the most need for volunteers on Tuesday, September 17th. Please take a moment to check out our itinerary for that week.

http://www.scu.edu/studentlife/iss/Calendar/upload/Fall-2013-Orientation-student-draft.pdf

If you are interested in helping out in any way, please email us at iss@scu.edu with your name, student ID number and your availability dates and times that week. Please put: “Orientation Volunteer” in the subject line of the email. Once we receive all the names, you will be contacted with your assignment.

We encourage you to participate and to become involved in this fun-filled week. We have issued over 250 I-20s thus far and are expecting a record number of new international students this fall!

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CHECK OUT OUR NEW PRE-ARRIVAL HANDBOOK!

ISS is excited to launch its new pre-arrival handbook, filled with useful information for prospective and current students. Please take a moment to flip through it!

http://scu.edu/studentlife/iss/prospective/upload/Final-Version-Reduced-Size.pdf


BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU THIS SUMMER QUARTER AND BEYOND!


Please remember that you must contact ISS immediately if you change your address, change your name or dependent's legal name, need a reduction in course load, or graduate early or prior to your program end date.

If you have received this email in error or would like to be taken off the international student mailing list, please contact us at   

  ISS@scu.edu
Tel: 408-551-3019

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