The following are a few terms International Students should become familiar with:
The above are the two student/scholar visa classifications and stamped in an individual's passport, indicate the length of time it may be used to enter the U.S. The period noted on the visa stamp does not indicate how long a person is allowed to stay in the U.S. The number of allowable entries to the U.S. should also be noted on the stamp.
If a visa is expired, a student is allowed to remain in the U.S., as long as his/her I-20 or IAP 66 forms are still valid and the I-94 card shows the correct immigration status.
The International Student Office will provide each student with an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) which you must submit to the U.S. Consular Office abroad in your application for a student visa. In addition, you may be required to offer proof of financial support for your stay in the United States. You will receive an F-1 visa which indicates you have your financial obligations covered by either personal or outside private sources. Those students on an F-1 visa are not eligible to work while in student status. The exception to this regulation is an on-campus employment position.
If you are being funded by a government or other private organization, you may be issued an IAP-66 form by that organization. After presenting this and any information required by a U.S. Consulate, you will be issued a J-1 visa to enter the United States. A J-1 visa does not allow employment, other than work done on campus at CalArts.
When you enter the U.S., you will be given an I-94 card, either on the airplane or at the port of entry. This I-94 card contains your admission number (11 digits). It is wise to have the immigration official at the port of entry staple this form to your passport. The D/S stamped on your I-94 card signifies 'duration of status' and means that you can remain in the U.S. for the time during which you are in student status. This card is proof of your status in the U.S. and should be kept with your passport at all times. You will surrender this card upon leaving the U.S., obtaining another one upon your return. The admission number states the same, however, and is written on the card as well as on your I-20 form.
Maintaining status is the responsibility of each individual student as well as his/her dependents. In order to maintain your status, either F-1 or J-1, you must:
If your I-20 form expires before you have completed your program at CalArts, you must report to the Office of International Students/Programs to get an extension. This must be done 45 days before the expiration date on the I-20. The expiration date is the date stated under the #5 item on the I-20 and is the same as the expected completion date.
For those students in J-1 status, your IAP 66 form is usually for one year. You must contact the IIE representative in San Francisco if you have any questions or concerns about this. The International Student Advisor will give you the contact number.
Most students who hold the J-1 visa must abide by the two year home residency rule, which states that upon completion of the program, the student must return to his/her home country for two years before being allowed to apply for another type of U.S. visa (ie., work visa, permanent residency). The San Francisco office of the IIE will be able to address this issue and provide information on an individual case basis.
You can access additional information concerning immigration regulations through the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) website .