Important Documents & Additional Information
The mission of the International Student Office is to enrich international students’ experience by providing counseling, information, and support services and ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations.
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At the normal conclusion of studies or practical training, F-1 students usually have a 60-day grace period in which to prepare to leave the U.S., to move to a new academic program, or to transfer to another institution. However, certain factors may reduce that grace period to 15 days or to 0 days. Remaining in the United States after ceasing, terminating, or interrupting studies before the completion of the program is a serious violation of F-1 status for which reinstatement is generally not granted. Currently, a reinstatement denial has the effect of subjecting an out-of-status F-1 student to two penalty provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act: INA Section 222(g) overstay and visa cancellation and INA Section 212(a)(9)(B) unlawful presence. Read more about Reinstatement.
International students attending FIDM are required to purchase health insurance or provide proof of health insurance coverage within their first quarter of study. If you do not have insurance coverage while studying in the US that you purchased prior to arriving and can verify you need to purchase a policy from FIDM's sole carrier for International Student Health coverage at: