The Intercultural Center (ICC) supports international and domestic students of color by serving as advocates for them in their educational pursuits. ICC staff are available for consultation on multicultural and international issues for the entire campus. The office creates programs and events to enhance appreciation for and awareness of cultural diversity within the Bryant community.
The ICC is responsible for compliance with immigration regulations for the University and serves as the home of the Multicultural Student Union and the International Student Organization.
4MILE@Bryant – A Multicultural and International Leadership Experience Aug. 25-29, 2014
4MILE is a unique transition program designed to support students who have self-identified as either international or multicultural as they begin their journey at Bryant University.
During this program, you will have the opportunity to be paired with a current Bryant student mentor, get acquainted with your new home, and learn more about all the academic, personal, social, and cultural supports available to you throughout your four years at Bryant.
Multicultural and international students who participated in the June Orientation are still eligible to come to the 4MILE program in August. We recognize that most international students are unable to attend Orientation in June, so a portion of the 4MILE program is dedicated to familiarizing you with the campus and life in the United States. All participants will take part in team building activities, educational sessions and social activities facilitated by students, faculty, and staff. Students who participate in the program are assigned a 4MILE Peer Counselor, who is a current Bryant University student. You will meet with these students regularly and participate in activities throughout your first year.
We recognize that other members of your family may also be interested in participating in 4MILE, so events for parents and family members are offered as well.
The 4MILE program begins for international students on Monday, Aug. 25, and multicultural students are invited to join on Wednesday, Aug. 27. There is no fee to participate in the program, and all meals are provided.
Once we have received your registration, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail which includes:
- hotel information about where to stay after you arrive in Rhode Island and before the start of the program, including hotels that offer a discounted rate for 4MILE participants;
- transportation options (Bryant University is only able to provide transportation from Providence T.F. Green Airport and the Providence bus and train stations);
- what to bring;
- a tentative schedule for the week. A more detailed schedule will be provided when you arrive on campus for the program.
For more information, call the Intercultural Center at (401) 232-6946.We look forward to seeing you at 4MILE!
OBTAINING AN F-1 STUDENT VISA
Your SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility," is necessary to obtain an F-1 student visa. This visa permits you to enter the United States for the purpose of studying at Bryant University. Although citizens of many countries are eligible for the Visa Waiver Pilot Program and therefore may travel to the U.S. on tourist visa or without a visa, students must have a student visa to study at Bryant University. If you enter the U.S. on a tourist visa or without a visa, you will be required to leave the U.S. in order to enter on a proper student visa. Therefore, it is important that you follow these instructions.
Review the SEVIS Form I-20
- Verify that the personal information in item 1 is correct. Please notify the Office of Admission at (401) 232-6100 immediately if you find an error.
- Review item 8 for accuracy and make sure it reflects the source of funds on your original documents. You must have these documents to present to the U.S. Consular Officer.
- Read carefully all information on page 2. This will explain YOUR legal responsibilities as an F-1 student in the U.S.
- Complete item 11 with a ballpoint pen and provide the information requested if under the age of 18.
If you are seeking an F-1 visa from an embassy or consulate abroad for initial attendance at Bryant University, you must pay the SEVIS fee before applying for an F-1 visa. You may pay either by mail or over the internet. For more information, visit: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm
Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa
We recommend that you contact a U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible. Processing times for visa issuance vary and may require additional time due to security checks on applications. For the latest information on visa processing, required materials, and current listings of U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, we recommend the following web link from the U.S. Department of State (DOS): usembassy.state.gov.
Canadian citizens do not require an F-1 entry visa to enter the U.S. from Canada but do require an I-20, passport, financial documentation and proof of SEVIS fee payment and must follow certain procedures. See Important Information for Canadian students on how to enter the U.S. on F1 status.
- Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_4230.html
- A passport valid for travel to the U.S. with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S. (unless exempt by country-specific agreements listed at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/104770.pdf
- SEVIS Form I-20 issued by Bryant University
- SEVIS Fee Payment Receipt
- Letter of acceptance from Bryant University
- Evidence of sufficient funds
- Fee and one photograph; please refer to DOS website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/visaphotoreq/visaphotoreq_5334.html
- Evidence of "compelling ties." Student Visa applicants must assure the consular officer that they have the binding ties to a residence in foreign country that they have no intention of abandoning, and that they will depart the U.S. when they have completed their studies. It is important that you are able to articulate your educational goals, emphasizing how your degree will help you when you return home.
Please be advised that F-1 visa is issued within 90 days from the program start date noted on your SEVIS I-20 line 5. If you apply more than 120 days prior to the program start date, the Embassy or Consulate will hold your application until it is able to issue the visa.
Entering the U.S.
If you are entering the U.S. on I-20 with "initial attendance" on line 3, you cannot be admitted sooner than 30 days before the program start date.
When you arrive in the U.S., you will be required to present the following documents to a US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officer at the port of entry. Since you must show your documents before you are allowed to claim our bags, do not pack these documents in suitcases that are checked in:
- passport with valid F-1 visa (Canadian citizens are exempt from F-1 visa)
- financial documents
- SEVIS fee payment receipt
- SEVIS Form I-20
Upon arrival, you will be enrolled in the US-VISIT entry-exit program. Once USCBP officer examines your documents and allows you to enter the US, the official will determine the length of your visit on the electronic Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94).Since Form I-94 documents your visa status and authorized stay in the US, you must access your I-94 at www.cpb.gov/I94, print and keep it in your passport once you arrive at Bryant. For more information on arrival procedure, visit http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/study_exchange/exchange_arrivals.xml
Once you are permitted to enter the US and granted F-1 visa status, it is imperative that you understand your legal responsibilities as an F-1 student to maintain your F-1 status while in the US.
Important Information for Canadian Students - Obligation to Comply with Immigration Regulations
In terms of immigration regulations, the only difference between Canadians and other international students coming to the US is that Canadian citizens are not required to apply for an F-1 entry visa at a US consulate.
Some Canadians have mistakenly assumed that other regulations that apply to international students do not apply to them. Canadians are subject to the same regulations regarding employment in the US, requirement for full-time study and all other provisions for maintaining status. Other than applying for a visa, it is important that you read about and abide by all other provisions relating to F-1 status described in page 2 of SEVIS I-20. It is especially important for Canadian students to be vigilant about entering the US in proper student status, as immigration inspectors are accustomed to admitting Canadian citizens as visitors.
US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) is a program created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect, maintain and share information, including biometric identifiers of foreign nationals who enter the United States. This information will be stored in a database and maintained by DHS and the Department of State as part of an individual's travel record.
Students Transferring to Bryant University
If you plan to leave the US prior to enrolling at Bryant University, you MUST USE Bryant University SEVIS Form I-20 to enter the US. If you already have a valid F-1 visa, you do not have to obtain a new one, even through visa annotation on your F-1 visa stamp in your passport may indicate different name of the educational institution. Follow the directions below regarding arrival at Bryant University.
Arrival at Bryant University
You are legally REQUIRED to register your immigration documents with the Intercultural Center (ICC) upon arrival at Bryant University. You MUST bring your passport, SEVIS Form I-20, Form I-94 and all previously issued Forms I-20 (if any) to International Student Advisor at the ICC. The registration process is completed at the time of check-in for all new undergraduate students during the orientation program called 4MILE@Bryant. For graduate students, this MUST be done within the first two weeks of classes. The ICC will help you with all immigration-related matters during your studies at Bryant University, however, it is YOUR responsibility to maintain your status.
If you are starting school in the fall, undergraduate students are REQUIRED to attend 4MILE. During 4MILE, topics such as travel, immigration regulations, how to maintain your status, and employment options will be discussed. For graduate students, the information will be provided at the time of check-in with the International Student Advisor.
Please feel free to contact the ICC with any questions. We look forward to meeting you soon and hope that your time at Bryant University will be academically and personally rewarding.