• FAQ

  • How do I open a bank account?

    How do I get a Social Security number (SSN)?

    You must have a letter from your employer and verification of your status from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in order to apply for a Social Security number. Secure a letter from your employer and then log in to iGlobal and complete a Letter Request, which you will find listed under General Services. ISSS will notify you when the letter is ready for pickup. Take both letters, along with the other required documents, to your local Social Security Administration office to apply for a Social Security number.

     

    Can I get support letters for SSN and driver license applications, a relative's visit, military postponement, etc.?

    Yes. Log in to iGlobal and complete a Letter Request, which you will find listed under General Services.

    Do I need to be concerned about taxes if I did not earn any money last year?

    Yes. Everyone must file federal, state, and local tax returns in April for the preceding year. Look for Tax Support Program (workshops, forms and instructions, and tax software access) in the spring semester. 

    All international students and scholars need to file taxes with the IRS. ISSS has created detailed instructions and an FAQand purchased Sprintax tax filing software for international students and scholars so that they can file their 1040NR and Form 8843 for free.

    Can I enroll part-time this semester?

    Only if it is your last semester and you need less than a full course load to complete your studies. If this is the case, log in to iGlobal and complete a Reduced Course Load Request, which you will find listed in F-1 Student Services. If you plan to drop below full-time or drop classes for any other reason, it is best to first see an international student advisor about your case.

    I have moved. Whom should I notify?

    You can change your address with the university and the ISSS office via my.newschool.edu. You must notify ISSS within 10 days of your move. When you notify ISSS, we will automatically notify the U.S. government.

    Do I need to have health insurance?

    Yes. Health care in the United States is extremely expensive and ALL students are advised to enroll in the school health insurance plan. J-1 students and dependents are required to have health insurance. If you have a dependent or have questions about your health insurance, see an international student advisor or email Jeannette Krupinsky at krupinsj@newschool.edu.

    Where can I look for an on-campus job?

    Visit the New School careers site and click on "Students." You must be a currently registered matriculating student at The New School to apply for these positions. We also recommend that you check individual offices where you wish to work, as there may be immediate openings available. F-1 students do not need to receive prior authorization from ISSS to work on campus. J-1 students must get written authorization from ISSS. NOTE: Students in F-1 or J-1 status are not eligible for student positions labeled "Federal Work Study," as these are a type of financial aid open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

    Are there really limits to where I can work and how many hours I work?

    Yes. Usually students are limited to working 20 hours per week during the semester. SeeWorking under F-1 status or Working under J-1 status. Then see an international student advisor about your case.

    I have questions about my I-94, my I-20, and/or my visa. With whom should I speak?

    Discuss all your immigration-related concerns with an international student advisor. To avoid receiving misinformation, it is best not to seek advice from friends, even if they are also international students, as each situation can be different.

    I lost my passport. What should I do?

    File a police report, notify your country's consular office, and let ISSS know as soon as possible.

    I lost my I-20, my DS-2019 card, or other important documents. What should I do?

    If you've lost your I-20 or DS-2019, you can request a reprinted document. Log in to iGlobal and select Request I-20 Reprint, which you will find listed in F-1 Student Services. If you are a J-1 student who needs to replace your DS-2019, contact ISSS.

     

     

    I plan to travel outside of the United States. What do I need to do?

    If you are an F-1 student, log in to iGlobal and complete a Travel Signature Request, which you will find listed under F-1 Student Services. If you are a J-1 student, log in to iGlobal and complete a Travel Signature Request, which you will find listed under The New School GV/J-1Student Services.

    Do I need a travel signature while on F-1 OPT or J-1 academic training?

    Where can I obtain my New School ID Card?

    You should visit Campus Card Services at 72 Fifth Avenue, lower level.

    I am a transfer student and the visa in my passport lists my previous institution's name. Does this pose a problem?

    No. You are allowed to transfer to another institution in the United States, and your visa from your previous institution is still valid as long as it hasn't expired. If it has expired, you should ask an international student advisor about the criteria for renewing your visa.

    If I receive a "W" or "Z" grade for a course during the middle of a semester, does that mean I am no longer full-time?

    If you receive a "W" or "Z" grade for your course, you cannot count the credit for that course toward your full-time enrollment requirement. For example, if you registered and enrolled for 12 credits and you receive a grade of "W" or "Z" for three credits, you will only receive nine credits of total enrollment. You will drop below full-time if full-time enrollment for your program is 12 credits. If you do not know how many credits you must be enrolled in, contact an international student advisor.

     

    How can I subscribe to ISSS News?

    ISSS News is a newsletter aimed at providing important information to international students, professors, and scholars at The New School. The newsletter advertises events and workshops on campus, covers recent events and student achievements and announces critical deadlines and changes to immigration regulations.

    University email accounts are automatically subscribed. If you're not automatically subscribed, email us at iss@newschool.edu and we'll sign you up.

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