Decatur County Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5114 - NONIMMIGRANT STUDENTS AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

The Board recognizes the positive cultural benefits to the students, staff, and the community in meeting students from other countries and in having nonimmigrant students as members of the student body of this Corporation.

Nonimmigrant Students with J-1 Visas

The Board will permit the admission of nonimmigrant students with citizenship in countries other than the United States as foreign-exchange students if they are participating in a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that is offered in a Corporation school that has petitioned for and received status as SEVP-certified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Further, the Board requires that foreign-exchange students be selected and sponsored by a sponsoring exchange organization that has been so designated by the U.S. Department of State.

These sponsoring exchange organizations, not the Corporation, issue certificates of eligibility for J-1 Visas to nonimmigrant students with citizenship in countries other than the United States who meet the criteria established for participation in the SEVP by Federal law and this policy.

Nonimmigrant Students with F-1 Visas

The Board will participate in the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) as an organization that provides sponsorship to nonimmigrant students with citizenship in countries other than the United States. As an EVP participant, the Corporation will issue a Form DS-2099 so that the nonimmigrant student can obtain an F-1 Visa entitling him/her to attend school in the Corporation.

Participation in this program will be consistent with Federal law that requires the following:

 

A.

the student possess sufficient English language proficiency prior to participation;

     
 

B.

the student's participation does not exceed an academic year;

     
 

C.

the student pays to the Board the full amount of tuition prior to the commencement of the academic term of attendance;

     
 

D.

the student otherwise maintains his/her lawful temporary immigration status.

Other Nonimmigrant Students

This policy does not apply to nonimmigrant students with citizenship in countries other than the United States who are not participating in an approved Student and Exchange Visitor Program at a Corporation school or who are not sponsored by the Corporation so they can attend a school in the Corporation as participants in the Exchange Visitor Program on a valid F-1 Visa.

All other nonimmigrant students with citizenship in countries other than the United States who seek to enroll in the Corporationís schools are subject to State law and the Corporationís policies regarding enrollment, legal settlement and tuition.

I.C. 20-26-11-10
8 C.F.R. 214 et seq.
8 U.S.C. 1101 (Immigration Reform and Control Act)

Revised 9/10/14

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