Mission: To provide a quality education, promote cultural exchange and understanding and to ensure safety and welfare of all foreign exchange students attending Fonda-Fultonville Central School.
Advisory Committee: 1. Designated School Official*
2. H.S. Guidance Counselor
3. H.S. Faculty Member
4. Member of the Board of Education
5. Person from Public
*The designated school official will act as chairperson for this committee.
Foreign Exchange Students Considered for Participation:
Only students who will enter the U.S. under the F-l academic student program status will be considered for participation.
F-l Students and Approved Schools
The F-l academic student program is a non-immigrant visa category intended for use by nonresident aliens whose primary purpose for visiting the United States is to study full-time at an approved institution.
Schools are approved for attendance by F-l students by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Generally, INS approves schools for F-l student attendance when it is shown that the program is academic in nature; the school is accredited or otherwise licensed; the school is solvent, has adequate staff and facilities and operates as a bona fide institution for learning.
Upon receiving approval from the INS, a school is authorized to issue certificates of eligibility to students for use in securing a visa and admission to the United States. The certificate of eligibility for F-l students is called form I-20A-B. It may be issued by the Designated School Official, who is obliged to ensure that the school complies with INS regulations.
Under the F-l program, the school is responsible to the INS for the foreign student. The school’s responsibility includes maintaining the following information on file for each F-l student enrolled.
– Date and place of birth
– Country of citizenship
– Status (full or part time)
– Date studies commence
– Degree program and field of study
– Admissions documents
– A copy of the student’s I-20 ID Card
– Number of credits completed each semester
– Indication if the student has been certified for practical training along with the beginning and end dates of certification.
The school is also responsible to file required reports and respond to periodic requests for information from the INS. Schools retain a copy of the student’s Form 1-94 Departure Record and the ID page and visa page of the student’s passport.
The F-l foreign student also has obligations under U. S. Immigration regulations. an F-l foreign student must:
– have sufficient financial resources for the anticipated stay in the United States;
– have a residence abroad to return to upon completion of the program in the United States;
– always maintain lawful immigration status while in the United States by keeping a valid passport, not working without authorization and leaving the United States upon expiration of the permitted visit or securing an extension of permission to stay if needed.
F-l non-immigrant students must maintain a full course load while staying in the United States. They must follow a specific transfer procedure if they change schools. They are eligible for certain types of employment, provided permission is granted by the Designated School Official of INS before the employment begins.
School Advisor Committee shall investigate:
– the local staff of all exchange organizations represented in the school;
– the school’s responsibility in relationship to each program with which it deals;
– the laws and government regulations that govern foreign students.
The Advisory Committee shall be responsible for assigning each exchange student a teacher/mentor. The teacher/mentor’s responsibility will be to monitor grades, absenteeism, and to maintain contact with the host family. The teacher/mentor should be someone who sees the student on a daily basis and is able to develop a relationship of trust and understanding as well as observe the foreign exchange student interact with his peers and other adults. The mentors will network cares and concerns back to the Advisory Group, meeting on a regular basis. In-service training is necessary for all members of the Advisory Task Force. At least three activities should be planned and scheduled for our foreign exchange students by the Advisory Task Force during the Academic Year. These activities should include host families. The Advisory Task Force will be responsible for evaluating each exchange student and program upon completion of the Academic Year. This evaluation will be presented to the Board of Education.
An Exit Interview, for the purpose of evaluating the program and determining the benefits received by both the school and the student will be noted. A foreign exchange Exit Interview form will be developed and used for this purpose.