Current Franklin International Students

F-1 Student Reminder

Near the start of each trimester, OISP is required to update the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record for each F-1 student.  We must indicate whether you are enrolled full-time, eligible for a break term, or otherwise not required to be enrolled full-time, such as on approved medical leave or concurrently attending another school.

OISP is currently in the process of reporting F-1 students’ registration activity for Fall Trimester.  Please be sure to email oisp@franklin.edu if you are having any complications that may prevent you from enrolling full-time as required.

If you have been enrolled full-time for two trimesters in a row, you may be eligible for a break or “vacation” term.  If you are planning to take a break term during Fall Trimester, please be sure to notify OISP in writing via oisp@franklin.edu.  We will be following up with you individually if we notice you are not enrolled and not eligible for a break term.

Thank you for promptly registering in a full-time load of classes!

Welcome to Fall Trimester!

At the start of a new academic year, there is always so much energy and excitement.  New students arrive from around the world, and experienced students begin preparing for their final classes.  As we begin this new year together, I encourage you to reflect on how you got to this moment in your life.  Whether you just crossed an ocean for the first time or just passed a really difficult class, take time to be proud of your accomplishments!

I wanted to call your attention to a few topics this week:

  1. New international students: We welcomed our first group of new students for the academic year at orientation on Wednesday, August 24.  We had the opportunity to meet a great group of students that day.  What a diverse group from around the world: China, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, The Gambia, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe! Thank you for joining us at Franklin.  We will welcome a second group of new students on Thursday, September 14.  Please warmly welcome our newest arrivals by posting a hello on our Facebook page!
  2. Health insurance: Franklin University has once again partnered with The Harbour Group to offer health insurance for our F-1 students and their dependents.  New this year, our plan will by administered by ACE American Insurance Company.  You should experience little to no disruption to your coverage or providers, and health insurance claims will be submitted to ACE for billing.  We are scheduling an insurance information session to update you on the changes, and we will post a notification when the session schedule is finalized.
  3. On-campus employment: Franklin University’s Human Resources department invites you to apply for student job postings on campus.  Check out the available positions on Franklin’s Careers page.  On-campus jobs are a great way to build American work experience while earning money to help pay for your education.
  4. Housing: Several students have expressed interest in finding roommates.  We created a social media forum  for you to post opportunities to live with other students.  You can find it on Facebook; be sure to follow the OISP Facebook page and “like” the post to follow the topic.

Finally, I want to send everyone a quick reminder to keep you Franklin records updated.  F-1 students are required to inform us of any address changes within 10 days of moving.  If you do move, please update your address through the MyTools link in MyFranklin.  If you change immigration status, please send a copy of your confirmation documents to OISP so that we can update your file.

We look forward to a wonderful 2016-2017 academic year with you!

 

 

 

Enjoy the week off!

Don’t forget! Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14 is the official break between Summer and Fall Trimesters.

Enjoy the quiet time between the trimesters, or make use of the time to prepare for fall.  Remember that some offices at the university, such as the Student Learning Center or Franklin University Nationwide Library, may have modified hours over the break.   Be sure to check the Franklin University website for break week hours.

Looking for ways to spend your week in Columbus?  Check out local events at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/events/, like the Dublin Irish Festival and Columbus’ India Festival this weekend.  Let us know how you’re spending your time at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinUniversityOISP/.

Quick STEM Reminder: August 8 Deadline

This is a quick reminder to alumni currently on OPT with a 17-month STEM extension.  Monday, August 8 is the last day to submit an application to USCIS to extend your 17-month extension to 24 months.  To be eligible for the additional 7 months, you must:

  • have a STEM degree (such as from Franklin’s Computer Science or Information Technology programs)
  • be approved for the 17-month extension
  • have at least 150 days remaining on your current EAD card  (If your OPT EAD card expires before January 2017, you are not eligible for the extension.)
  • work for an employer that is enrolled in USCIS’ E-Verify employment eligibility verification program
  • work more than 20 hours per week for the eVerify employer
  • have an I-983 training plan signed by your employer

Learn more at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-determining-stem-opt-extension-eligibility.

If you are eligible, act quickly to apply! Application instructions are at http://engage.franklin.edu/oisp/files/2016/03/Module-4-STEM-Extension-24rjrwo.pdf.

Winter 2016 Grads: Grace Period Ending Soon

A quick reminder to F-1 students: your grace period to remain in the country normally ends 60 days after your graduation.  For our F-1 students who graduated in May at the end of Winter Trimester, this would be July 21.

The US government has established this time for you to make arrangements to depart the country while in legal status or to finalize other ways to remain in the country in legal status, such as applying for OPT work authorization, gaining admission to another education program, or changing immigration status.

Check out the information at http://engage.franklin.edu/oisp/files/2016/03/Module-4-OPT-Ending-Resources-27fy6d0.pdf; while geared toward students completing OPT, much of the information may be relevant if you are not pursuing OPT at this time.

If you have any questions about your grace period, please contact OISP before the end of your grace period!

Fall registration for current students begins on July 5

Good morning!

Just a friendly reminder: Fall Registration for new students begins today, Fall registration for current students begins July 5.

Know the classes you need to take?  Register online through myFranklin.  Not sure which classes you should take?  Contact your Academic Advisor for suggested courses or an updated Personal Education Plan.  Undergraduate advisors can be reached at advising@franklin.edu; graduate advisors can be reached at graduate.advising@franklin.edu, or you can call 1.614.797.4700 to schedule an appointment to speak with your advisor by phone or in person.

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