2018 Fall Semester Immigration Reminders!

We hope your fall semester is off to a good start! Please read through the following reminders for a successful semester at UT:

Full time enrollment:
All students must be enrolled full time. The last day to add classes is Friday, August 31. This means:

  • Undergraduates must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Graduate students without 50% assistantships (less than 20 hours per week) must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • Graduate students with 50% assistantships (20 hours per week) must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • For a regular course offered online, only one class (up to 3 credits) per semester can count toward the total number of credits for full time enrollment

Address updates:
If your address changes (even just the apartment or room number!) be sure to update your address with both CIE and on MyUTK:

  • The CIE Change of Address Form is available in the iVols portal. You need to submit the change to CIE within 10 days of moving.
  • PO Boxes are not acceptable for local addresses.
  • Be sure to include the apartment or room number in your address if you have one.
  • For new students: if you did not provide a local phone number during orientation, please be sure to report your local phone number.
  • MyUTK must have your updated home country and local addresses.

Insurance waivers:
If you wish to waive out of the UT health insurance, you must complete a waiver form each semester. The deadline for Fall 2018 is Thursday, August 30. Please see http://studenthealth.utk.edu/insrec_intl.php for more information.

Electronic I-94:
If you traveled abroad during the summer, CIE strongly recommends that you print out a copy of your electronic I-94 upon your return to ensure that your data in the CBP database is accurate. https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/

OPT for December 2018 Graduates:
If you will complete your academic program this semester and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), CIE recommends applying early. The application process can take 3-4 months. If you have questions about applying, read the information on our website and register for the OPT Seminar, or visit CIE for walk-in advising.

Walk-in Advising:
If you have any immigration related questions, you can come to CIE for walk-in advising for students. These are held from 1pm – 4pm, Monday through Friday. Please check in with the front desk at CIE before seeing an advisor.

More details about immigration can be found at http://international.utk.edu/isss/immigration-information/ .

Have a great semester!
ISSS Staff

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