Welcome to the May 2013 Newsletter!
This month six of us will be at the NAFSA Annual
Conference in St. Louis, MO. We would love to meet with
you if you are attending, so let us know. We will also
be tweeting during the event on our Twitter profile @intstudent.
We also see this month, the roll out of the new I-94
entry procedures for those students coming into the USA.
A welcomed change with the reduction in paperwork, but
something all students should be aware of.
In this issue:
I-94 Entry Document
From the Mailbag
Fun Site of the Month
Study Nursing in the US
|From May 28th to the 31st this
year the NAFSA
Annual Conference will be held in St. Louis,
Missouri. The NAFSA conference is the primary international
education conference in North America, and increasingly for
the whole world, with schools and organizations in
attendance from all corners of the globe. It really is one
of the leading events on the calendar, and like in previous
years - we will be there in force.
We will have two exhibit booths this year, one for our
parent company Envisage
International (booth #1612) and one for our sister
Student Insurance (booth #1610). If you are an
international educator and plan to attend please stop by
and visit us or contact us for an appointment to learn
more about what we do.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
As many international students know, the I-94 document
needs to be completed on the plane, prior to arrival in
the US, and is the document that is stamped and attached
to your passport to show that you have entered the USA.
As of April 30th 2013, the Department of Homeland
Security has begun rolling out their new electronic
process, so the paper form will no longer be needed at
entry and instead all the information will be attached
to a record online that the immigration officer will
pull up when a student enters.
The new method should streamline the process immensely
for both the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) but
also for many international students as burdensome
paperwork is reduced. Students can now simply log online
once in the USA and access the CBP's website to obtain
an electronic copy of the I-94. The phased roll out
should be completed by the end of May, however students
should be aware that some airports may still need the
paper document during the phase-in period.
out all the information, and which airports will
be affected over the month of May. And stay tuned for
more potential changes as legislators deal with the
fallout from the Boston Marathon bombing. Although
neither of the accused bombers were F1 students, two of
their friends that at a minimum appeared to have
obstructed investigators entered the country on
terminated F1 visas, prompting calls for further student
|May's Featured School - Concord
University, located in Athens, West Virginia is listed in
the top 30 of "Colleges that offer small classes on a
budget." They have a total enrollment of 2,900 students
representing 32 different nations that study on their
beautiful 123 acre campus. Concord University goes out of
their way to accommodate international students and says,
"our international students receive excellent care and
attention. Faculty, staff and students are eager to connect
with you and will help you to integrate into our
Southern West Virginia is known for the outdoors.
Activities in Athens and the surrounding areas include
white water rafting, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding,
hiking and mountain biking to name a few.
Concord University offers a wide variety of
undergraduate programs. They also offer Intensive
English as a Second Language programs and have a variety
of scholarships for qualified international students.
To learn more, you can visit their profile
on InternationalStudent.com or download their new ebrochure
for international students.
One of the time-honored rites of passage associated with
going to college is getting a roommate, with all of the
nervous excitement that involves. For many people, this
is their first experience of ever sharing a room, at
least with someone other than a sibling, and it will be
memorable. Try it - ask anyone (no matter how old!) if
they remember their freshman year roommate - and you
will find that, for good or for bad, everyone remembers
their first roommate.
For international students, differences between
roommates can be exacerbated even further by deep
cultural or religious traditions, or just differences in
daily routine. For some tips on adjusting to roommate
life smoothly, particularly when your roommate is from a
different country, visit the US
News education blog post on preparing for a college
This month we feature a post in the International
Student Forum from an international student who is
looking for advice on their visa:
My OPT expires in Jan '14 - what
can I do until I get H1B? I understand I can only
apply for H1B around April. Is there anything I can
do to keep working during this time period from Jan
to the time I get my H1B? I'm a STEM major and I can
get the extension of another 17 months (which could
solve all of my problems), but the employer is not
part of E-Verify.
If you are a current international student, or have some
advice - please swing by our student forum and share your
We all love to travel, and finding the best (and
cheapest) airfare is normally the leading factor in
choosing one flight over another. But as we highlighted
in our fun site of the week a few months ago, search
sites like Hipmunk are changing the way we are looking
at flights by sorting them by their "agony"
factor. Similarly, Route Happy's
goal is to find you the "happiest" flight available with
their happiness factor. This factor takes into
consideration flight times, transfer times but also age
of the aircraft, amenities available on board the plane,
and customer reviews. A new way to search for flights.
In good economies or bad, there is always a strong
demand for nurses. To jump start a nursing career,
students from around the world choose to study nursing
in the USA. With the many types of fields and
specialties, there is a wide range of opportunity for
any international student. If you are looking for a
career that gives you the ability to work with people on
a regular basis, be employable around the world and make
a direct impact on people's lives on a daily basis,
studying nursing may just be the field for you!
Nursing is a great career for international students
because it allows for growth and specialization in many
areas. Most people associate nurses with a hospital,
which is true - more than half of all employed nurses
are hospital based employees. Nevertheless, the hospital
environment allows for variety. These nurses can be
found in the Medical-Surgery, ED/ER-Emergency,
B-Obstetrics, S-Pediatrics, ICU/NICU-Intensive Care and
Oncology, just to name a few. Some nurses are considered
"floaters" and may rotate among departments and floors.
For more information, please visit our study