Please remember that the information here is general. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact the International Services Office and make an appointment to talk with Ashley.
The International Services Office can provide information regarding immigration, how to stay in status, and serve as a general resource throughout your time at Friends University.
Helpful Tips (See Student Handbook for more detailed information):
Full-Time Enrollment Requirement:
As you register for classes, please be advised that all F-1 students are required to enroll full-time each fall and spring semester. Failure to maintain a full course load is a violation of status and may jeopardize your ability to remain in the United States as a student.
Exceptions may be made in specific situations, but they must be approved in advance in writing by an international student advisor.
***Only one online course for a maximum of three credits can be applied toward full-time enrollment each semester.
The International Services Office can provide information on obtaining legal employment for international students. Legal or authorized employment may include:
On-Campus Employment Opportunities:
F-1 students may engage in part-time employment (up to 20 hours per week) on the Friends University campus while classes are in session. They may work full-time (more than 20 hours per week) in between terms and during the summer vacation as long they plan to be a full-time student the following term.
If you have questions about types of jobs that qualify for on-campus employment, please schedule an appointment with your DSO.
Off-Campus Employment Authorization:
F-1 students may NOT participate in any type of off-campus employment unless authorized by the
International Services Office and/or the USCIS. Internships which are required or integral to the student’s program of study, must also be approved by your DSO/International Advisor prior to the internship start date. Students interested in off-campus employment should schedule an appointment with their DSO
before accepting any employment offer.
Approval is granted in certain circumstances. They are:
Severe, unforeseen economic necessity
Internship with an International Organization
Employment based on the Special Student Relief Program
To be eligible to apply for off-campus employment authorization, based upon severe economic hardship, F-1 students have to meet the following conditions:
Any unauthorized or illegal employment, even for one day or if you did not know it was illegal, poses a threat to your status. You must always be certain that you have the necessary employment authorization before you begin employment. Starting work without prior authorization, even if you receive authorization later, constitutes illegal employment.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
What is Curricular Practical Training?
CPT is a type of temporary employment (directly related to a students’ major area of study) for F-1 visa holders. A student, who has been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis, for one full academic year, enrolls in an internship course, and maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA may apply for CPT (NOTE: Some exceptions to this rule can be made for graduate students).
How do I apply?
You and your academic advisor must complete the Application for CPT and submit it to the International Services Office.
If your employer has questions or concerns about hiring international students, please refer them to"What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students." (This form was developed by the International Career Opportunities Network.)
Optional Practical Training (OPT):
What is Optional Practical Training?
OPT is a type of temporary employment (directly related to a student’s major area of study) for F-1 visa holders. Students should apply (no earlier than 90 days prior to their program end date/graduation date, or no later than 60 days following their program end date/graduation date) for post-completion OPT.
The International Services office assists students with completing necessary paperwork and sending the completed application to a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Center – as indicated on the I-765 employment authorization form – for approval.
Students are eligible to request a total of 12 months of initial OPT employment per degree program.
Am I eligible for OPT?
How do I apply?
Schedule an appointment with your DSO approximately 120 days before your program end date to begin the process. Application for OPT
In order to apply for a Social Security number you must:
Information on obtaining a driver’s license:
You must take all your immigration paperwork with you and have or borrow a car for the driving portion of the test. It is recommended that you study, as the written test is sometimes difficult.
Office Location: 1823 W. 21st N Suite 42A, Wichita
Phone Number: 316-821-9920
Days and Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday
Written tests: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Drive tests: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Text Wichita DL to 641-243-8006 to get in line through our QLess system.
You cannot apply for a driver's license on your initial I-20. You must have your continued attendance I-20 to apply.
Mandatory Health Insurance:
Friends University offers a student insurance policy through Student Assurance Services. All F-1 International students are required to sign up for this plan. As a new international student joining Friends University for the first time, you will be automatically charged for this plan as part of your initial deposit. All subsequent years, you willl be asked to sign up and pay in the fall. The cost of the insurance plan varies from year to year.
If you want to use the airport shuttle service, please complete the online sign up form. Make sure to ask the International Services Office about the dates and times for the shuttle if you have any questions before you purchase your airline ticket.
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