As you prepare for the end of your time at CSE, here are some things you should know...
- You may remain in the U.S.A. for 60 days after completing your studies. You may not work on campus during this time unless you will attend graduate school at CSE in the fall. You may, however, travel, pack and prepare to go home. Be very careful not to stay over 60 days, or you may be unable to re-enter the U.S.A. later, even as a tourist!!
- If you are graduating, you may apply for Optional Practical Training work authorization, but you must do so BEFORE the end of the semester. You may NOT start working until you have received your Employment Authorization Card from Immigration. (Please note that this application process can take two to three months, so apply early.) While waiting for work authorization, you may only travel within the USA. See someone in the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs for details.
- You may also apply to a graduate school (or to some other academic program) at any time from now until 60 days after completing your studies. If your graduate school acceptance is still pending when the 60-day period ends, you may be able to remain in the U.S.A. while you wait for a response from the school or program you want to enter. See someone in the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs for details.
- One other note: If you want your family to attend your graduation, see someone in the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs as soon as possible for a "Welcoming Letter" that they can take with them to the U.S. embassy when they apply for their tourist visas.
TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL
If you want to transfer to another school, the International Student Adviser at the College of Saint Elizabeth has to release your F-1 student record in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) to this new school.
Please keep in mind that once the transfer is completed in SEVIS, the College of Saint Elizabeth will not be able to make changes or access your SEVIS record. All SEVIS processing will then be the responsibility of your new school.
If you want to transfer to another school, you need to fill out and sign a SEVIS release form and return it to the International and Multicultural Affairs Office.