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International Student Regulations

F-1 STUDENT REGULATIONS

  • Students arriving for the first time from overseas or transferring to A&M-Texarkana must check in with the Director of International Studies in order to update your SEVIS record. SEVIS requires that all students be registered within 30 days of first day of classes.

  • Students beginning a new degree or program at A&M-Texarkana – need to file a change of level with SEVIS if you plan to stay at A&M-Texarkana for an additional degree at the same level of study (e.g. second bachelors or masters) or if you are moving from one level of study to another (e.g. bachelors to masters or masters to Ph.D.) A new I-20 will be issued in SEVIS from the International Studies office. Contact the Director of International Studies to inform the staff of this change prior to the start of the semester.

  • Students transferring from another U.S. university – must contact the Director of International Studies in order to obtain a transfer I-20. The International Studies Director will need your transcript from the previous school, all original I-20’s, passport, I-94, and a completed A&M-Texarkana transfer form. The transfer must be completed in SEVIS within 21 days of class beginning. You will be required to obtain a transfer I-20 and a SEVIS a registration in order to be “in status” with BCIS.

  • Students needing additional time to complete degree are required to file for a program extension if you are not able to complete your current degree by the date indicated in item number 5 on the original I-20 issued to you when you were admitted to A&M-Texarkana. The program extension is based on a justified academic reason for not completing degree in a timely manner.

  • Students changing their major need to visit with their academic department and complete the appropriate forms to indicate the change in the A&M-Texarkana student system. You will need to contact the Director of Student Life to report the change. The Director of Student Life will make the change in SEVIS and issue a new I-20 indicating the change in major.

  • Students on a reduced course load  must seek permission to drop a class prior to dropping the class through the Registrar’s Office or on line. SEVIS requires the Director of International Studies to give permission to drop the class prior to dropping the class. If the student drops the class prior to approval by the Director of International Studies the student will be “out of status”.

F1 International Student Health Insurance Requirement

All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to have the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). 2017-2018 cost: $2,043

Waivers will only be considered if one of the following criteria are met:

  • Student is sponsored by the United States government;
  • Student is sponsored by a foreign government recognized by the United States or certain international, government-sponsored or non-governmental organizations, and covered under a health plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
  • Student is enrolled in an employer-provided group health plan that is compliant with the ACA. If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
  • Student is enrolled in only distance learning programs; or
  • Student is involved in intercollegiate athletics and coverage for all medical insurance is provided through a policy as part of the current sports accident medical policy approved by System Risk Management.

Notice for new Fall 2017 semester students-New students who arrive in the U.S. prior to the Fall 2017 semester coverage start date of September 1, are required to have other medical/health insurance coverage that will cover medical needs prior to the SSHIP effective date.

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