Safe Rides provides free local shuttles to international students. The local shuttle operates much like a free taxi (you need to call for pick up) during limited times (see below).
Please call (660) 562-1245 to schedule a ride to any location in Maryville city limits during these times. You will need to know your address (I.e. 212 N. Walnut, Apt. 3, you need to say, "Please pick me up at Two-One-Two North Walnut, Apartment Three." You can also give your phone number. You need to show your Bearcat Card when they pick you up.
The weekly shuttle operating times are:
||4 p.m - 4 a.m
||10 p.m - 4 a.m
||4 p.m - 4 a.m
||10 p.m - 4 a.m
||10 a.m - 2 p.m
If by any exceptional problem Safe Rides is not capable of providing shuttle service then they will let you know by e-mail or on the website. Please see the Safe Rides site for up to date information.
How to apply for Missouri Driver’s License
- Go to Driver License Bureau located on 423 North Market Street, Maryville, MO (660) 582-5391 to get a Driver’s license manual or download it from http://dor.mo.gov/drivers/dlguide/. This is the book for driving laws in Missouri and the United States. You will have to study this book and pass the written PERMIT test.
Note – In addition to English, Missouri currently administers driver's license exams in Bosnian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. If you wish to take the test in one of the above mentioned languages ask about the availability of the driver license manual in that particular language from the employees at the Driver’s License Bureau.
- Obtain a Social Security number . If you have a job on campus you qualify for a Social Security Number. If you do not have job you will have to go to the Social Security Administration Office and get a DENIAL LETTER. The Social Security Administration Office is located on 518 W South Hills Dr., Maryville, MO (877) 833-2731.
- Bring the following documents to the Driver’s License Bureau –
- I-94 (usually stapled inside the passport)
- I-20 (If it is more than 60 days old you will need to come to the IIC and get an updated one)
- Social Security Card or Denial Letter
- Letter of full time enrollment at Northwest (can be obtained from the Registers’ Office , located on the second floor of the Administration Building.
- Proof of Address (Can be a letter sent to you, with your name and current address on it)
- Take the PERMIT test. If you pass you are entitled to a DRIVER PERMIT. You may only drive with some over the age of 21, currently holding a valid driver’s license, present in the car.
- Take the DRIVER test. If you pass you may drive legally in the United States.
- For more information consult the Missouri Department of Revenue, Driver License pagehttp://dor.mo.gov/drivers/
- REMEMBER IN THE UNITED STATES IT IS A SEROUS OFFENCE TO OFFER A BRIBE TO A POLICE OFFICER OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE DRIVERS LICENSE BUREAU. YOU WILL GO TO JAIL!
- If you choose to purchase a car after you get your driver license, remember to make sure you obtain the following documents for the car. The TITLE and INSURANCE for the car. Driving a car without either one of these documents is illegal in the United States.
- All licensed cars will be taxed as personal property on January 1st of each year. This means you will be paying a sum of $50-$150 each year around the month of December.
While your first priority is studying, you may want to gain important experience and/or earn a little spending money. Working on campus is a great way to do this. Working on campus 20 hours per week during school can pay for living costs, but not for tuition. You should not expect to pay your own way with a job as most student employees earn only $350 per month.
Finding a job is your opportunity to get experience with the American job search process. You may want to start by search for positions by updating your resume by visiting Career Services and search for positions by visiting Student Employment for a list of on campus job opportunities.
Some interesting international student immigration regulations and campus policies will shape your choices:
- All students are able to work on-campus for only 20 hours a week during school
- 40 hours during a school break (vacation)
- Employment opportunities are those positions which support the student body
- Only offered to those who have unforeseen economic hardship, internship with an International Organization or Special Student Relief program
- Student must be issued an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) card from USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services)
- Authorized for 20 hours a week during school
- 40 hours a week during a school break (vacation)
Severe Economic Hardship
- Definition: loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increases in tuition and/or living costs, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the students source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses.
- Contact Dr. Jeffrey Foot to complete the process
- Statement describing the unforeseen hardship situation
- Letter from home stating the change in family circumstances
- Proof of currency devaluation in the students country
- Explain why other employment options are unavailable or insufficient
- Complete Form I-765 (c) (3) (iii)
- Obtain 2 Passport style photos
- $380 fee
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 (International) Students
CPT allows international students to work off campus in paid positions if the work involved will satisfy requirements for internship credit. Students must be enrolled full time for at least two regular semesters (I.e. Spring and Fall at Northwest Missouri State). Students transferring from other schools should make an appointment with the International Affairs Director to determine eligibility. If the proposed internship (work) satisfies the institutional requirement to be an internship position in your field of study, CPT authorization will be given by the Director of International Affairs. To obtain CPT, please follow the process outlined in Student Procedure below.
Definition: an integral part of an established curriculum
Must provide a letter from the Company stating the location, start date and end date, hours per week, and job description (see below for letter sample)
Must provide enrollment proof or letter from academic advisor stating the integral part this training will provide for the curriculum
Duration: 1 Year less a day. Full-time status of CPT for more than one year will eliminate eligibility for OPT
Available full time during the summer (May to August) or part time during the school year (August to May)
Students must also comply with all full time enrollment requirements in fall and spring to maintain status (i.e. cannot "take a semester off to do an internship.")
Summer CPT authorization is valid anywhere in the United States.
Fall and Spring semester CPT will be authorized for locations within a reasonable drive from Maryville (Des Moines, Kansas City, Lincoln, Omaha, etc.)
All CPT authorizations for paid internships will be processed and approved by the Director of International Affairs.
It is the student’s responsibility to understand if their major requires or recommends an internship. If it does, they are responsible for finding, applying, interviewing, and accepting employment. Employment must begin after CPT is authorized on their I-20. Students should be aware CPT takes advance planning. The job should start at least one week after you have accepted the job offer. International students must also realize all other immigration regulations governing your stay in the United States should be understood for impact and how they support or restrict the CPT experience.
Please refer to the following links to begin the procedure. You may want to print each to take with you accepting a position.
Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students (OPT)
- Receive "OPT Card" by applying for I-765 Employment Authorization Document
- Definition: I-765 EAD is temporary employment authorization under F-1 status for practical training directly related to major area of study
- Duration: 1 Year less a day maximum. Must use within 14 months of graduation (STEM students eligible for extension).
- 90 day unemployment maximum.
HOW TO APPLY: Average application approval time is 90 days. You should apply well in advance of graduation.
- Get a money order for $380 made out to: Department of Homeland Security
- Get 2 new professional passport photos
- Download and electronically complete the I-765 form .
- Make photocopies of all I-20s, passport ID page, US student visa, and I-94
- Master's students: get a letter from the Graduate Office regarding current academic status and expected date of completion of studies.
- Bachelor's students: get a letter from the Registrar's Office regarding current academic status and expected date of completion of studies.
- Bring a $35 check made out to IIC or use our secure online payment form. We will send your OPT card by FedEx (next day delivery in the USA) after it arrives in IIC.
AFTER you have completed the steps above and have a complete packet, make an appointment with the IIC (OPT Office hours are Monday from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Tuesday from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM) to complete the OPT I-20 and get directions how to send the package to the service center.
NOTE: Your employment card will be mailed to the IIC, and forwarded to you at your new address. We advise all cards to be sent directly to us to avoid lost cards. Friends are not allowed to pick up the card for you and we will need a forwarding address or be in contact with us via e-mail to send your OPT Card to you in your new home. You may NOT work until you receive your OPT Card.
Some interesting immigration regulations:
- You have a total of 90 days of unemployment on OPT (this does not mean you "have 3 months to find a job.")
- You must update employment location and your address with our office you may work until the expiration date on your OPT card.
- You have 60 days after your expiration date to exit the country, receive a new I-20, be in processing for H-1B visa or residency.
Maintaining F-1 Status
To "stay in status" follow the simple steps below:
- Report to the DSO (Designated School Official) for Initial Registration in SEVIS upon arriving at the school
- For the first entry for initial school attendance, the school listed on the visa and the I-20 must be the same
- Pursue a “full course of study” at the school listed on the currently valid Form I-20 during every academic session or semester except during official school breaks, or unless approved under a specific exception, in advance, by the DSO
- Make normal progress towards completing the course of study, by completing studies before the expiration of the program completion date on the Form I-20
- Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for extension of stay
- Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for change in educational levels of programs of study
- Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for transfer of schools
- Abide by the F-1 grace period rules, including remaining in the U.S. for no longer than 60 days after completing a full course of study, unless prior to completing the course of study the student has followed procedures for applying for practical training, moving educational levels, or school transfer
- Report a change of address to the DSO within 10 days of the change, so that SEVIS can be updated. You must also change on CatPAWS or at Registrar's Office.
- Abide by rules requirements, such as Special Registration requirements
- Do not work off-campus, unless specifically authorized by the DSO
Reinstatement for F-1
Reinstatement refers to returning to legal status. If you fail to maintain legal status, you have to make an appointment with the IIC and you will guided through the following steps:
- Conditions for approval for reinstatement
- Have not been out of status more than 5 months prior to filing for reinstatement
- No record of repeated violations
- Pursuing education full-time
- Are not engaged in unauthorized employment
- Not deportable on any grounds other than the status violation for which reinstatement is being requested
- Status violation resulted from either:
- Circumstances beyond control
- Failure to apply in a timely fashion for a reduced course load authorized by the DSO, but only if the violation would have been within the DSO’s authority
- Procedures for applying for reinstatement
- Provide the DSO with all the documents necessary to issue a new Form I-20
- Write a letter of explanation addressed to BCIS
- Complete and sign Form I-539
- $195.00 fee
Part-Time Enrollment Authorization
You may enroll part-time IF:
- You are a freshman in your first semester and you are having difficulty with English.
- In your last semester before graduation and are taking all required classes to complete your degree.
- Illness or Medical Condition.
If you have an I-20 and the program completion date (In item 5 on your I-20) is before the date you will graduate, you need to extend your program (aka: Extend my I-20). Please come to the IIC before the date on your I-20 and ask to have your program extended. You will need to schedule an appointment for this meeting.
- Requirements to be eligible for extension of program:
- Contact DSO and update SEVIS before program completion date
- Continually maintained status
- The delay in completion is “caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses”
- Academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension
International Students have several options to bring family with you or to visit you. Please read this section to determine which option works for your circumstance and follow the instructions to get the help you need from our office. A good starting place to determine how people should come to the US is through the State Department's travel website.
- Bring a dependent spouse (wife or husband) or child(ren). You will need to assist your dependents to get an F-2 visa from the US Embassy or Consulate nearest you. To begin this process, you will need to request the international affairs office to create an F-2 dependent I-20 for you. Future students should add this information to their application packets. If you are a currently enrolled international student, submit the items (below) to Kathleen Baudino in the IIC in person or mail:
IIC, 800 University Drive
Maryville MO 64468,
- Bank account information showing funds to cover the estimated yearly expenses for each dependent. Calculate this amount by using your estimated costs on your I-20 and add US $10,000 for each dependent. (I.e. For a new grad student and his wife (fall 2011 entrance) the cost would be $19,398 plus $10,000 =$28,489.
- A new Statement of Support form for the same amount (dependents should be supported by finances controlled by the F-1 student, but personal circumstances are taken into the advisement process, please be detailed with your situation for our staff to consider your case intelligently).
- Submit the information page of each dependents passport (should be modern machine readable passports).
- (if delivery needed) Send US$35 bank draft (money order) to the IIC to pay for FedEX shipping
- (if picking up) Go to IIC Front Desk. Please allow 1 full business day to process the F-2 I-20.
- Invite people to see you. Friends or relatives will need to have a tourist visa to enter the USA to visit you for a short time (less than 90 days). A B1/B2 visa is used just for visiting. To get this visa, you can go to the US Embassy or Consulate page nearest you and look for the Visas to the US tab at the top of the page. You will look for the Non-immigrant visas page. Some countries are required to have a tourist visa to visit and some countries are part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). You need to determine if they are from a VWP country or not.
If they need to obtain a visa (Non VWP country) prior to coming to the United States, some US Embassies and Consulates require you to get an invitation letter as part of the package needed to apply for a tourist (B1/B2) visa. You can get an invitation letter by filling out the following form: Sign up for Relatives visit request form. After you fill out the form to invite people and submit it to the IIC, the letter can be picked up the following business day at the IIC Front Desk.
Remember: An invitation letter from the IIC is NOT permission to the United States. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country will first decide if your guest can get a visa using the letter and other evidence required. The Port of Entry (i.e. Immigration Official in the Airport/Border) will determine if they will accept the visa.
NOTE: Sending a transcript as part of an application so college credit can be transferred to use for graduation at another school is the American definition of transferring to another university. For international students, you alsohave to transfer your immigration file (SEVIS number gets sent from us to thier international office). This immigration transfer happens AFTER you receive an acceptance letter from the new school.
TWO STEP PROCESS
STEP ONE: Find and apply to any number of schools
If you are planning to transfer to another school in the United States, you will need to: (While continuing to study full time and finish the semester here at Northwest - not applicable during summer holiday break)
Find a school you like
Apply to that school
a. Follow guidance from THAT school; their International Admissions Office will help you.
b. Usually, you will be asked to complete a "Transfer Form." You may need to fill out a transfer form for the new school either before or after you have been accepted by the new school. NOTE: This form is not an acceptance letter.
c. Send the Director of International Affairs (Jeffrey Foot) an electronic copy of the transfer form. Send an email with the subject line: Transfer From to (school name) containing the transfer form and include your SEVIS number (N00.... not your 919 number) and the transfer form attached. Please include the email address of the admissions counselor at your new school in this email so the form can be sent electronically. You may choose to drop off forms at the front desk in the SEC. Please make sure the e-mail address of the school official who needs to receive the form is included. NOTE: Fax is an outdated technology that incurs significant cost so we do not send forms in this manner. There is no limit to the number of universities you apply and complete forms, but you have to choose one school to transfer your SEVIS file
d. Dr. Foot will complete and forward the form to the school you are applying for admission.
STEP TWO: Decide to attend new school
- Once you have been accepted and are sure you will attend the new school, please forward an email to email@example.com and request to transfer your immigration (SEVIS number) file to your new school of choice. This is when your SEVIS file will be transferred and only then can the new university or college make your new I-20 (this is how the new I-20 and your current visa will match - simply having another I-20 with a N00 number that does not match your visa is not a legal transfer).
- Notify the Northwest Registrar's Office of your decision to withdraw and notify Residential Life (if applicable) if you are moving out or not coming to school to fulfill your rooming contract.
- Wait for your new school to send you the transfer SEVIS I-20 (check the N00 number matches your visa)
- Travel to and attend new school based on their orientation and arrival schedule and attend classes. Best of luck in your new school!
- We are happy you are considering Northwest! Please visit the Admissionswebsite for more information about how to apply. If you have questions about the visa process the Director of International Affairs can answer those for you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hint: the process described above should be followed from your perspective at your current school!
- This information will be posted in the future. Please continue to check back for any updates. Thank you!
While international students are not eligible for scholarships where a FAFSA form is required, there are several scholarships available for current international students at Northwest. Graduate students should look here to learn more about the Graduate Non-Resident Waiver scholarship based on first semester GPA. Continuing students can visit here to learn more about departmental scholarships.
There are also two dedicated scholarships for international students.
1. Society of International Ambassadors
2. Carolyn Houts Scholarship for African students (arriving summer 2013)
The shuttle takes 80 minutes to travel from Maryville to the Airport. Plan Maryville departure for at least 3.5 hours before flight departure to allow for traffic issues, check in, and security checkpoint. Traditionally, airlines do not allow check in (with baggage) later than 45 minutes before departure time. Plan carefully.
Yates Limousine (email@example.com, (816) 617-8717) is a contracted provider of shuttle services to and from Maryville from Kansas City Airport. They are located in St. Joseph. The one way fee from Maryville to Kansas City Airport (MCI) or MCI to Maryville is $112.00 (flat rate for 1 to 8 riders). This service is available to all Northwest students. Please arrange travel directly with Yates Limousine. (FYI: airport taxis charge approx. $275 one person one way)
(attending Northwest on a student visa issued by US Embassy abroad)
On a limited number of days throughout the year, a reduced rate shuttle service operated jointly with Yates Limousine Service and the International Affairs Office assists any international student who has paid the International Student Fee when they first arrived. These "International Airport Shuttles" depart after 5pm on the last day of classes or exams before a break period and during orientation arrival days before classes start. International students will receive specific e-mails from our office ahead of all shuttle periods.
International students are asked to plan travel to coordinate with our limited offerings to receive the reduced rate of $25 one way. All departure times falling outside of our service window will be scheduled with Yates at normal rates.
1. No permission is given for early departure or late arrival where classes will be missed.
2. Continuing students returning before or after scheduled shuttle dates should arrange travel directly with Yates (see above).
The INTERNATIONAL STUDENT airport shuttle TO Maryville usually operates:
SEMESTER START: Tuesday and Wednesday before the Monday class start (Fee: $25 one way)
Departures from Gate 90, Terminal C at roughly 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 11:30pm
THANKSGIVING BREAK SUNDAY: As needed. Arrange with Front Desk
- Wednesday and Thursday before the Monday class start (Fee: $25 one way)
- Departures from Gate 90, Terminal C at roughly 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 11:30pm
- Sunday as needed. Arrange with Front Desk
ESL Arrival Day for June-July Session; contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise: Reserve using Yates
The INTERNATIONAL STUDENT airport shuttle FROM Maryville (Fee: $25 one way CASH to Front Desk) usually operates:
- Tuesday: first departure AFTER 5:00 PM (Suitable for late night flights only)
- Wednesday: as needed
END OF SEMESTER
- Friday of exam week after 1PM Departures
- Friday: first departure AFTER 5:00 PM (Suitable for late night flights only)
- Saturday: as needed
END OF SEMESTER
- Friday of exam week after 1PM Departures
Reserve using Yates
Students who are returning for their next semester, please click here for current international shuttle schedule and sign up.
NEW or RETURNING (took a semester or longer break), please click here and click on Airport Shuttle pull down tab.
If you are injured or severely ill (sick), call 911.
If you are not injured but feel sick and are not sure what you should do, the International Affairs Office recommends you to take the following steps:
- Go to the LewerMark webpage for Northwest to learn about your plan and the doctors and hospitals that are close to you. In Maryville, St. Francis Hospital is in our network.
- Call Nurse Hotline First (FREE) The Nurse Hotline is a FREE service provided by your health insurance. You have already paid for it. This service lets you consult a healthcare professional, talk to them about your problems are and ask them what the right thing to do is. All this is at no extra cost.
For Example –“My stomach hurts what should I do?”
Nurse Hotline: 866-549-5076
- Wellness Center (INCLUDED IN UNIVERSITY FEES – NO FURTHER COST) If you think that you need to physically see a doctor or a nurse. If you have hurt yourself and need medical attention, the next best place would be The University Wellness Center. In case of an emergency you can walk into the Wellness Center and ask to talk with a Doctor. You can also call them ahead of time and set up an appointment. The University Wellness Center is FREE to all Northwest students.
University Wellness Center: 660 562 1348
Wellness Center Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University Wellness Center Website
- Doctors Appointment ($50) If you have already called the Nurse Hotline or visited the University Wellness Center and believe that you need to speak with a specialized doctor. You can call and make an appointment with a specialized Doctor at St. Francis Hospital. Your student sickness and accident insurance policy may cover some or all of the expenses. For more information on health insurance and what it covers, check out the health insurance tab located right below this one.
Phone: 660 562 2525
2016 South Main Street, Maryville, Missouri 64468
St. Francis Hospital & Health Services Website
- St. Francis Emergency Room ($50) “Going to the Hospital” should only be done in cases of extreme medical emergency. During business hours of 8 to 5, you can go to the drop in clinic located on the right of the main exit. St. Francis Hospital’s Emergency Room is located on the left of the main entrance.
Phone: 660 562 2525
St. Francis Hospital & Health Services Website
To request for an Ambulance
Call - 911
All international students at Northwest Missouri State University will be charged for the university-sourced International Student Plan administered by LewerMark upon enrollment. Coverage is effective until August 15 of the following year for ALL students. This insurance coverage continues to work after graduation, transfer or withdrawal from university until the expiry date, August 15. However, students graduating in December and potential spring semester transfer students, may submit a waiver application to the International Affairs office located in the Intercultural International Center (IIC).
Please note: this is a waiver application only. Each case will be evaluated by the Director of International Affairs and waived (or not) on an individual basis.
Health insurance is necessary to help cover the extremely high cost of medical care in the United States. It is imperative to have resources to cover costs of possible accidents or unexpected illnesses. In addition, international students are strongly advised to provide health insurance for any dependents accompanying them to the United States. Plans also are available for a student's spouse and children at additional cost. Students learn about the insurance plan details during orientation and you can learn more at www.lewermark.com/nwmissouri/.
The Student Plan administered by LewerMark is a reasonably-priced group insurance plan with provisions for either individuals or families is negotiated specially through the International Affairs Office. See here for policy information
Travel insurance to cover airline changes, lost baggage, cancellations and delays is suitable to travel here, but no other insurance will be accepted to waive the insurance charge.
NOTE: Students in exchange programs, short term non-degree programs, and government sponsored students (Finnish, ISEP, Saudi, Swedish) need to report to the IIC to report and file their insurance coverage.
Deadline, April 17, 2012
- Were you in the USA at any time in 2011? (Even if you landed on December 31, 2011 to start school in January 2012, you will answer yes)
YES: See below for next question
- Did you have income in 2011?
If you have been here for less than 5 years
, please print the PDF
, complete sections 1 and 3, sign and date the PDF
, and send it to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215 YES:
If you have been here for less than 5 years
, please complete a tax return
(using H&R Block located in Maryville
– it is easy and cheap) and make sure you attach the completed form 8843
If you have been here for more than 5 years, please come and see Jeff at IIC.