Please Check-In with the OISS!
All international students attending Manhattanville College must check-in with the OISS at the start of every semester/term/module/session. Yes, we must report your presence to the USCIS as attending the college. Hallway chat and sightings in the cafeteria do not constitute checking-in.
Step 1) Gather Your Immigration Documents
Step 2) I-94 Retrieval
Make sure you use your legal name (the one listed in your passport). If you still have difficulty and cannot retrieve your I-94 you can call the Port of Entry and they may be able to assist you.
NYC: Monday – Thursday from 9am to 2pm Call 718.553.5499 or 718.553.2919. If they can’t assist you then you have to make a journey to JFK to sort it out.
Step 3) Check-in Online
Manhattanville is required to report your attendance to the USCIS. Not participating is not an option. You will have difficulties the next time you enter the U.S.
If you are planning to leave the country for a vacation, please see the OISS for a travel signature on your I-20. This applies to all F-1 & J-1 students: ELI, undergraduate and graduates. Don't wait until the last minute; plan ahead a few weeks. Without a valid signature, re-entry to the United States may be difficult and require time-consuming and expensive paperwork.
Travel to/from Airports
We have a arrangements with two shuttle services that comes directly to campus. Shuttles drop-off and pick-up in front of Spellman Hall. To make a reservation or prepay your travel with the shuttle, use the link below. Please be advised that the shuttle only goes to JFK and LGA. If you are flying to EWR you must make different arrangements. Also for those traveling from our local HPN, the #12 public bus stop both there and our campus.
Payment & Aid
Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for F1 & J1 students/scholars
All F-1 & J-1 students in the United States are required to submit tax forms to the U.S. government, even if no money has been earned. The OISS purchases "GLACIER Tax Preparation Software" that you may use in order to comply with this regulation. Watch for our emails and then follow the instructions. Tax day is April 15. GLACIER only prepares Federal Taxes, students are also repsonsible for NYS taxes. For more information about your responsibilities see the IRS SITE
Driving in the New York State
You can drive in NYS with a valid driver license from another state or country. You don’t need to apply for a NYS driver license unless you become a NYS resident.
A foreign driver license allows you to drive in NYS. You are not required to have an International Driving Permit to drive in NYS, but the permit verifies, in several languages, that you have a valid foreign driver license. This is helpful to police officers who can’t read the language on your foreign driver license. Contact the authorities in your home country to get an International Driving Permit.
If you decide to get a NY State driver's license it will only be issued the length of your immigration documents. Important links Drivers from Other Nations
Visa Renewal Information
F-1 & J-1 visas can only be renewed outside of the U.S. Your visa can expire as long as you have an active I-20/DS-2019 and attending classes, it only means you will have to renew the next time you go home. Come to the OISS for a more detailed explanation.