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Immigration Reminders 01/18
New Student Check-In
If you are a new international student to TTU or a transfer international student, you are required to check-in to the Office of International Affairs. Checking-in to our office is a legal requirement. If you have not checked-in and met with your international student advisor, you may end up losing your immigration status. If you have any questions, please email your international student counselor. To make an appointment with your counselor, please click here.
If you are planning on traveling outside the U.S. over Spring Break, now is the time to consider making a travel signature appointment. All students must have a valid travel signature from your international counselor in order to reenter the U.S. We strongly recommend you get a travel signature every time you leave the U.S. and want to reenter. If you have any questions, please email your international student counselor. To make an appointment with your counselor, please click here.
OPT & H-1B Workshop
This workshop will discuss the application processes of OPT, STEM Extension OPT, and transitioning to H-1B. The workshop will take place on February 20, 2018 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the International Cultural Center Auditorium.
Do Not Get Into Legal Trouble!
All international students must beware of getting into legal trouble in the U.S. and realize the potential impact that may have on your visa status. Do not do anything illegal that might result in your arrest by police in the U.S. Those students with arrest records, regardless of fault or guilt, are getting their visas revoked and denied. As an F-1/J-1 visa holder, you are expected to be model nonimmigrants and are held to a high standard by the U.S. government. Many student related arrests take place due to the abuse of alcohol in public or the illegal use of drugs. Our office has seen an increase in denied or revoked visas for TTU students. You do not want to be in this situation!
Free Tax Workshops
TTU Payroll and Tax Services will offer free tax workshops for all students. These workshops will be held in the Library ATLC Labs. Bring all of your tax documentation. Times and locations:
March 28, 2018 - 9:00 - 11:00 AM - Lab PC1
March 29, 2018 - 11:30 - 1:30 PM - Lab PC1
April 9, 2018 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM - Lab PC2
TPEG - International Financial Aid Grant
The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for TPEG. This grant usually ranges between $100 - $2,000 in its award. This award does not qualify students for in-state tuition. It is a one-time grant for those selected to receive the award. First-year students will not qualify to receive TPEG due to the fact that they have provided evidence to the State Department and to our office that they have sufficient funds to study at TTU for a full academic year.
Our office will accept TPEG applications four (4) times during the academic year (September, November, February, and April). TPEG will no longer be available in the summer or on a month-to-month basis. If you apply for February and you are not awarded, we strongly encourage you to apply again in April.
Good Neighbor Scholarship
The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) is a tuition waiver for international students from the Western Hemisphere (the Americas). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board selects the final awardees for this scholarship. The funding is provided by the State of Texas who generally issues 10 scholarships per nation in the Western Hemisphere. Those applying for this scholarship will be competing against other international students from your home country studying in the State of Texas. The GNS application may be found by clicking here. Beth Mora, the new International Student Life Administrator, will now be in charge of GNS. Please direct any questions to Beth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the International Student Council (ISC)
Who We Are: International students and those interested in international cultures who are committed
to bettering the lives of international students at TTU.
What We Do: Partner with the Office of International Affairs to organize cultural events, advocate on behalf of international students, and provide a social support network for international students
We Need You: ISC is trying to rebuild its leadership and membership. Now is the time to get involved and to help build an organization that will enrich TTU and the Lubbock community. You will gain valuable experiences in leadership, civic engagement, and personal growth. You will also gain memories and friendships that last a lifetime.
If you are interested in learning more about ISC, its meeting times, or becoming a member, please email the ISC advisors: Beth Mora (email@example.com) or Tracy Tindle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A presentation on OPT/STEM OPT and beyond, H-1B, will be presented in the International Center Auditorium by ISSS Staff on 9/27/17, 5PM-7PM.
USCIS now has a News and Alerts page. This page resides at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/news/uscis-news.php. We have added this page as a link at the top of this Immigration Alerts page.
Redesigned OPT Cards
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), OPT Card, as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.
Tuesday, April 25 6:00-8:00PM, ICC Aditorium
David Swaim, an attorney from Tidwell, Swaim & Associates, will visit Texas Tech to give a seminar and answer questions about the H-1B process. This will be an extremely informative presentation that you will not want to miss. This presentation is usually full, so please show up early for a seat.
This presentation will part of International Week at TTU. Please look forward to other great opportunities that week.