The University enrolls over 500 international students, both J-1 and F-1, from more than 50 countries. Federal immigration regulations restrict the types of activities these non-immigrant students may engage in other than full-time studies. Among the restricted activities is employment. Whether employment will occur on-campus or off-campus, the student must have authorization to work from either the International Student Advisor or the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The International Student Advisor assists international students with United States Immigration and Naturalization (USINS) documents, new student orientation, personal counseling, and presentation of programs to foster greater interaction with the University community. Most INS forms and documents are available in the advisor’s office.
The Office of International Engagement (OIE) is responsible for the general growth, development, and welfare of all international students, scholars, and faculty on campus. The OIE provides advising on legal matters pertaining to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) regulations, and individual advising and workshops in the areas of adjustment to Montclair State University and the United States. In addition, orientation sessions are held twice each year for students and scholars, and immigration workshops are scheduled throughout the year. The OIE publishes A Student’s Guide to Immigration and Crossroads, a newsletter for international students. Liaison services for students, faculty, and scholars with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the U.S. Embassies and Consulates also are provided. All new international students, scholars, and faculty should contact this office within the first two weeks of the semester for information.