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FAQ for F/M Nonimmigrant Students Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Updated 9/8/2005

If you are a J-1 exchange visitor contact your program directly. The following guidance may not be suitable for you. Your program will assist you.

If you are an F-1 or M-1 student, follow the directions in this FAQ if you are not able to contact your school.

This FAQ will be updated regularly as we are able to answer more questions. Please contact us at SEVIS.source@DHS.gov or at (202) 305-2346 if you have any questions we have not addressed.


1. I HAVE NOT YET ENTERED THE UNITED STATES. MY SCHOOL IS IN THE AREA IMPACTED BY THE HURRICANE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Try to contact the school directly. (Their Web site may be your best source of information.) We recommend that you delay travel until you can be sure that the school is operational.

New Students

If you are unable to contact your school prior to your report date (see block 5 of your Form I-20 if you are a new student), your school will assign you a new report date if they are operating. In this case, your school will also issue you a new Form I-20 that you must have before you travel.

If you wish to apply to another U.S. school, contact that school directly to obtain a new Form I-20. You will not need to repay the SEVIS I-901 fee but will need to obtain a new visa reflecting the Form I-20 that your new school sends you.

Continuing Students

If you cannot contact your current school (the one with your SEVIS record), please email SEVP at SEVIS.source@DHS.gov. Give us your name, date of birth, SEVIS ID number, and school information. Let us know if you wish to delay entry until the school is operational or if you wish to try to transfer to another school.

If you wish to transfer to another DHS approved school, you will need to contact that school directly. If the new school accepts you, they will work with SEVP to transfer your SEVIS records.

2. I DO NOT HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE OR MONEY? WHAT DO I DO?

The Web site at http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/PublicSafety/Hurricane_Katrina_Recovery.shtml has links to government and relief agencies in the affected areas. After you get settled, please contact your school. If you cannot contact your school, contact SEVP at sevis.source@dhs.gov or at (202) 305-2346.

3. IF MY SCHOOL WAS CLOSED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Check the list of schools below for your school and follow the instructions that they have given us for you. If your school is not on the list, call the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at (202) 305-2346.

The list contains all DHS approved schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. It contains the information we have about whether or not the school is operating normally.

If we have been in contact with the school, there is a yes under either Fully Operational or Not Operational, depending on the situation. If neither of these two columns has a yes, we have not been able to contact the PDSO via e-mail.

Some schools have indicated they will accept displaced F-1 students. We have also included information from DHS approved schools that have contacted us offering to accept displaced students.

The comments contain information we have been given by the school or may contain a Web site address and information from that site. Many Web sites update regularly. Our information may be dated. Please check the school’s web site when possible.

[We will continue to update this list. If you cannot contact your school, contact SEVP by phone or by email at SEVIS.source@DHS.gov.]

School

City

State

Operational

Fall Term

Accepts displaced students

Comments

As Of

Fully

Not

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Grand Coteau

LA

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Normal

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

"School has been impacted and had to close part of operations on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Registration is extended. Students should contact Antonio Boyle 1-256-372-5248 or 1-800-553-0816"

9/7/2005

"Alabama Alliance for Christian Education, Inc."

Decatur

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Alabama State University

Montgomery

AL

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State

MS

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

All Saints' Episcopal School

Vicksburg

MS

Yes

 

 

Yes

www.allsaintsweb.com

9/7/2005

American Christian Academy

Tuscaloosa

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Archdiocese of Mobile - Catholic School System

Mobile

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Archdiocese of New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Archdiocese of New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Athens State University

Athens

AL

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Auburn University Montgomery

Montgomery

AL

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Aveda Institute

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts

Jackson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Bass Memorial Academy

Lumberton

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge

LA

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Belhaven College

Jackson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

http://www.belhaven.edu/

9/7/2005

Bevill State Community College

Sumiton

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College

Birmingham

AL

 

 

 

 

See web site http://www.ecoleclassique.com/

9/7/2005

Birmingham Theological Seminary

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Bishop State Community College

Mobile

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Blue Mountain College

BLUE MOUNTAIN

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Briarwood Christian School

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Bryman College

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

http://www.bryman-college.com/about.php?schoolLocation=New%20Orleans

9/7/2005

Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Central Alabama Community College

Alexander City

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Central Park Christian School

Birmingham

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Chamberlain-Hunt Academy

Port Gibson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Phenix City

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Christian Life Academy

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Colorado School of English

Denver

CO

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Please post this information for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina:

9/7/2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Colorado School of English, located in downtown Denver, Colorado, is offering a discounted tuition rate to ESL students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. All other fees will be waived for these students. CSE enrolls new students every Monday making it possible to meet the 30-day transfer deadline for I-20 students. Homestay is readily available."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact laura@englishamerica.com or visit our web site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at www.EnglishAmerica.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado School of English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Denver, CO 80202"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tel: 720-932-8900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fax: 720-932-0315

 

Concordia College

Selma

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Coosa Christian School

Gadsden

AL

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Copiah Lincoln Community College

Mendenhall

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Copiah Lincoln Community College

Natchez

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Copiah Lincoln Community College

Wesson

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Delgado Community College

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Delta State University

Cleveland

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Dillard University

New Orleans

LA

 

Yes

 

 

"Students and staff evacuated to Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. See the school Web site for instructions http://www.dillard.edu/"

9/7/2005

Diocese of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Diocese of Birmingham Catholic Schools

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Douglas High School

Douglas

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

East Central Community College

Decatur

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

East Mississippi Community College

Scooba

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Ecole Classique

Metairie

LA

 

Yes

 

 

Information from the Web site at http://www.ecoleclassique.com/

9/7/2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We have not been able to get into town to see if any damage has occurred to Ecole Classique. Our plan as of today, 09/02/05, is to get to the campus next week, survey damage and begin to create a schedule, if possible, to get back to school. We will also be speaking with local police to see what we are able to do now and hopefully get a much more accurate timeline of events. Please keep checking the website for updates frequently. We hope you all stayed safe, we wish you luck and hope to see you back in school as soon as it is possible."

 

English Language Center

Mobile

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Enterprise -Ozark Community College

Enterprise

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Episcopal High School

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Cade

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Evangel Christian Academy

SHREVEPORT

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Faulkner State Community College

Bay Minette

AL

 

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Faulkner University

Montgomery

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Genesis One Christian School

Mendenhall

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Grambling State University

Grambling

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Hebron Christian School

PHEBA

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Heritage Christian University

Florence

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Hinds Community College

Raymond

MS

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Delayed registration. Now fully operational. Displaced students may contact Sharon Leggett (spleggett@hindscc.edu 601-857-3382) or Theresa Stevens in the Admissions Office on the Raymond Campus (tlstevens@hindscc.edu 601-857-3213) as soon as possible as registration will close soon.

9/7/2005

Huntingdon College

Montgomery

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Huntsville City Board Of Education

Huntsville

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Indian Springs School

Indian Springs

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Itawamba Community College

Fulton

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

J. F. Drake State Technical College

Huntsville

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Jackson State University

Jackson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Jehovah-Jireh Christian Academy

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

John C. Calhoun State Community College

Decatur

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

John Curtis Christian School

River Ridge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Judson College

Marion

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

"Kaplan Test Prep, a division of Kaplan, Inc."

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Lafayette Parish School System

Lafayette

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Lawson State Community College

Birmingham

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Lee-Scott Academy

Auburn

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana College

Pineville

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana Community Technical College System

Bossier City

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana State University

Shreveport

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana State University and Agric. & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Alexandria

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana State University at Eunice

Eunice

LA

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

www.suhsc.edu

9/7/2005

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston

LA

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

UNO Students may attend after paying for UNO with no added charge. Classes start Sep. 12.

9/7/2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Dan Erickson, Director"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Student Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louisiana Tech University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(318) 257-4321

 

Louisiana Technical College

Morgan City

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Louisiana Technical College System

Metairie

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Loyola College Prep

Shreveport

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

 

Yes

 

 

From the Loyala Web Site at http://www.loyno.edu/international.html:

9/7/2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loyola is closed for the fall semester. Many of you may decide to return home for the semester or transfer to other schools. There is information about universities willing to accept Loyola students for the semester at the emergency website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It is very important that you e-mail me your current situation, your plans and your current address even if you have already returned home. I do have access to SEVIS and can make the necessary notations to make sure that all of our international students do not have immigration problems because of this disaster. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you adjust to this tragic situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Stay safe, "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Danna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e-mail: debradanna@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messages can be left at 504-586-8570

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the phones start working again my cell is 504-810-5231

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency number: 469-547-0712

 

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Andalusia

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Lutheran High School

Metairie

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Lyman Ward Military Academy

Camp Hill

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Macon-East Montgomery Academy

Cecil

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Madison Academy

Madison

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Magnolia Bible College

Kosciusko

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

MARION MILITARY INSTITUTE

Marion

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Mars Hill Bible School

Florence

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

McNeese State University

Lake Charles

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Meridian Community College

Meridian

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Metairie Park Country Day School

Metairie

LA

 

Yes

 

 

Closed until further notice. See the web site www.mpcds.com

9/7/2005

Miles College

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Millsaps College

Jackson

MS

 

Yes

Yes

 

"Millsaps College has been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Millsaps will reopen and begin classes on September 12,"

9/7/2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Affairs/International Programs Office, Sherryl Wilburn, Director (601)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mississippi College

Clinton

MS

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston

MS

 

 

Yes

 

By phone hope to start classes the week of 9/10/05

9/7/2005

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

MOBILE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MOBILE

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Modern Languages Institute

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans

LA

Yes

 

 

 

http://www.nobts.edu/hurricane/OnCampus-FacultyStaffStudents.htm

9/7/2005

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux

LA

Yes

 

 

Yes

There have been displaced students from Nicholls. Nicholls is also accepting some displaced students. See the Web site at http://www.nicholls.edu/

9/7/2005

Northeast Alabama Community College

Rainsville

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville

MS

 

 

 

 

http://www.mgccc.edu/severe_weather_notice.htmsdThe international student office is operational; hopes to resume operations 9/12/05

9/7/2005

Northwestern State University

Natchitoches

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Notre Dame Seminary

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Nunez Community College

Chalmette

LA

 

Yes

 

 

Relocating to Baton Rouge. See Web site at www.lctcs.state.la.us/hurricane.html

9/7/2005

Oakwood Adventist Academy

Huntsville

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Oakwood College

Huntsville

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

"Oktibbeha Educational Foundation, Inc."

Starkville

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Our Lady of Holy Cross College

New Orleans

LA

 

Yes

 

 

No information available. Web site is www.olhcc.edu

9/7/2005

"Penn-Tex Helicopters, Inc."

Jeanerette

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Picayune School District

Picayune

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Randolph School

Huntsville

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Reformed Theological Seminary

Jackson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

http://www2.rts.edu/newsevents/news.aspx

9/7/2005

Remington College

Metairie

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Reserve Christian School

Reserve

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Ridgewood Preparatory School

Metairie

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Riverside Academy Corporation

Reserve

LA

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Rust College

Holly Springs

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Saint Bernard Preparatory School

Cullman

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Saint James School

Montgomery

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Saint Joseph Seminary College

St. Benedict

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Samford University

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

School of Urban Missions

Gretna

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Shelton State Community College

Tuscaloosa

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

South Louisiana Community College

Lafayette

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Southeastern Baptist College

Laurel

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Southeastern Bible College

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond

LA

Yes

 

Yes

 

"All attempts are being made to continue with the Fall 2005 semester. We will resume classes on Thursday, September 8."

9/7/2005

Southern Christian University

Montgomery

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Southern Union State Community College

Wadley

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Southern University and A&M College

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Southern University at New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

 

Yes

 

 

The school is heavily impacted. Students can call 1 866 334 8294. Web site is: www.suno.edu.

9/7/2005

"Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana"

Shreveport

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

SOWELA Technical Community College

Lake Charles

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Spring Hill College

Mobile

AL

 

 

Yes

 

Classes were temporarily interrupted. Will resume 9/5/05.

9/7/2005

Springwood School

"Lanett,"

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

St. Andrew's Episcopal School

Ridgeland

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

St. Louis Catholic High School

Lake Charles

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

St. Paul's Episcopal School

Mobile

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

St. Stanislaus College Prep

Pascagoula

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

St. Stanislaus College Prep

Gulfport

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

St. Stanislaus College Prep

"Bay St. Louis,"

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Stillman College

Tuscaloosa

AL

 

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Talladega College

Talladega

AL

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

The Accent International Language Institute

Baton Rouge

LA

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

The Capitol School

Tuscaloosa

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The Donoho School

Anniston

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The Dunham School

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The Montgomery Academy

Montgomery

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The Montgomery Academy

Montgomery

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

The Piney Woods School

Piney Woods

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The University of Mississippi

University

MS

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

The University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jackson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

Because of power outages and severe gasoline shortages our school was suspended on August 29 and is scheduled to resume classes on September 6.

9/7/2005

The University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg

MS

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

The University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg

MS

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

9/7/2005

The University of West Alabama

Livingston

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Top Garden School

Irvington

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

"Tougaloo College will be having classes this fall. Although we only had minor damage, we did not have power until Saturday. The College reopened today and classes will resume tomorrow. We have also extended registration until September 16 to accommodate Tougaloo students and other students who have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina."

9/7/2005

Trenholm State Technical College

Montgomery

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Trinity Episcopal Day School

Natchez

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Troy University

Troy

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Tulane University

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Tuscaloosa Academy

Tuscaloosa

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

United States Sports Academy

Daphne

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

University of Louisiana

Lafayette

LA

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

University of Mobile

Mobile

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

Registration was extended. Contact the international student office with questions.

9/7/2005

University of Montevallo

Montevallo

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

University of New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

http://www.uno.edu/

9/7/2005

University of North Alabama

Florence

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

University of Richmond

Richmond

VA

 

 

 

Yes

Contact the International Student Office at (804) 287-6499

9/7/2005

University of South Alabama

Mobile

AL

 

 

Yes

Yes

Registration was delayed due to the Hurricane. Current students should contact the school and register.

9/7/2005

Vestavia Hills City

Vestavia Hills

AL

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Virginia College

Birmingham

AL

 

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

Virginia College at Huntsville

Huntsville

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Vortex Helicopters Inc.

Long Beach

MS

 

 

 

 

No information received from the school. Check the web site at www.vortex-helicopters.com/contact.html

9/7/2005

Wallace Community College

Dothan

AL

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Wallace State Community College

Hanceville

AL

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Wesley Biblical Seminary

Jackson

MS

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

9/7/2005

Westminster Christian Academy

Huntsville

AL

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

9/7/2005

William Carey College

Hattiesburg

MS

Yes

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

World Evangelism Bible College & Seminary

Baton Rouge

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans

LA

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2005

There is also a Web site for displaced students at www.campusrelief.org. It lists schools that will accept displaced students. If you contact one of these schools, you should ensure that they are authorized by DHS to accept F-1 students. This is not a U.S. government Web site and we cannot vouch for its accuracy.

3.1. Directions for students enrolled in schools that will be resuming operation for the Fall term

If the list does not have a point of contact, the school’s Web site may have someone you can contact. If you have already contacted the International Student Office, follow the procedures outlined by the school. If you have not contacted your International Student Office, try to do so. If you cannot contact them, follow the directions for students who cannot contact their school.

3.2. Directions for students enrolled in schools that will not be resuming operation for the Fall term

If the list gives specific directions from the school, follow the school's directions. Otherwise, check the school’s Web site for specific instructions. If you cannot find any instructions that pertain to you or the school's Web site is not operational, follow the directions for students who cannot contact their school.

4. I AM A STUDENT AND I CANNOT CONTACT ANYBODY AT MY SCHOOL. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

Call SEVP at (202) 305-2346.

If possible, send us an email at SEVIS.source@DHS.gov. . In the email, give your name, your SEVIS ID number, if you have it (N followed by 10 digits on your Form I-20), the name of your school, and your contact information (include your current address, telephone number, and email address if possible). Briefly describe your situation and what concerns or problems you have. Let us know if you have your documentation (passport, visa, Form I-20, and Form I-94) with you.

If you do not have access to email, provide this information to SEVP at the time you telephone us. Try to have the information listed in the paragraph above available when you call.

We will work with you to find the best solution for your situation.

5. I HAVE FOUND ANOTHER SCHOOL THAT WILL ACCEPT ME. CAN I TRANSFER SCHOOLS?

If another SEVIS school will accept you, you may ask for a transfer. Contact the Designated School Official (usually this is a person in your International Student Office) at your new school.

6. I WANT TO FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL THAT WILL ACCEPT ME. WHAT DO I DO?

You can identify other schools approved for enrolling F/M nonimmigrants on the SEVP Web site at http://www.ice.gov/graphics/sevis/pdf/ApprovedSchools.pdf

7. I HAVE DECIDED I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO MY HOME COUNTRY AND POSSIBLY RETURN LATER. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

If possible contact your school to let them know of your intentions.

If it is not possible for you to contact your school, send an email to SEVIS.source@DHS.gov. Give your name, your SEVIS ID number if you have it (N followed by 10 digits on your Form I-20), the name of your school, and your contact information (include your current address, telephone number, and email address if possible). Briefly describe when and where you will depart the United States. Let us know whether or not you have your documentation (passport, visa, Form I-20, and Form I-94) with you.

If you do not have access to email, call SEVP at (202) 305-2346. Try to have the information listed in the paragraph above available when you call.

Before you return to the United States as a nonimmigrant student, be certain to contact your school to receive necessary guidance and documents.

8. WILL I NEED A NEW VISA TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES?

You will need a new visa if:

  • Your visa expires while you are out of the United States
  • You change visa categories
  • If you are a new student and you want to go to a different school

9. HOW DO I GET MY TRANSCRIPT, RECORDS AND PERSONAL PROPERTY FROM AN IMPACTED SCHOOL?

If your school was impacted by the hurricane, allow a reasonable amount of time for the school to resume normal operations. Contact the International Student Office and they will advise you how to get transcripts and records. If you have lost personal property as a result of the hurricane, they should be able to advise you about the likelihood and procedures for recovery of that property.

10. I LOST MY DOCUMENTATION. HOW CAN I REPLACE IT?

Your school can reprint a Form I-20 for you. If the school is not available, contact SEVP at SEVIS.source@DHS.gov. In the email, give your name, your SEVIS ID number if you have it (N followed by 10 digits on your Form I-20), the name of your school, and your contact information (include your current address, telephone number, and email address if possible). Briefly describe your situation and what concerns or problems you have.

For the short term, you will not need a Form I-94. We will provide directions for replacement of the Form I-94 at a later time.

You can contact your country’s embassy or consulate to get a replacement passport.

11. HOW DO I REPORT MY ADDRESS CHANGE IF I AM NOT AT MY SCHOOL?

Follow the directions for students who cannot contact their school.

12. HOW LONG CAN I REMAIN IN THE UNITED STATES IF I AM NOT ENROLLED IN SCHOOL?

If you arrived in the United States as a new student and were not enrolled in your program of study before the hurricane, you should leave within 30 days of your arrival, unless you transfer to another approved school.

If you were enrolled in classes, but are no longer able to attend classes due to the hurricane, you should do one of the following immediately:

  • Report to the school where you were enrolled and attend classes when they resume, if the school will resume classes for the fall term.
  • Transfer to another approved school
  • Depart the United States

13. I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR POST-COMPLETION OPT AND WAS WORKING IN THE IMPACTED AREA. I NO LONGER HAVE A JOB, WHAT DO I DO?

You are allowed to seek alternate employment. Be sure to report any changes of address to your Designated School Official. If you are unable to contact your school, send an email to SEVIS.source@DHS.gov. Give your name, your SEVIS ID number if you have it (N followed by 10 digits on your Form I-20), the name of your school, and your contact information (include your current address, telephone number, and email address if possible). Explain your current situation.

Keep your school informed of your situation (or SEVP if you cannot contact the school.)


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