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             Peggy                            Diana
 

Diana Jones, Director International Programs

Phone: 641.784.5412
Mo bile (US only): 515.480.4359

E-mail: dianaj@graceland.edu

  


Peggy Geiger, Office Manager
Phone: 641.784.5370

E-mail: geiger@graceland.edu

Welcome To International Programs!

International Programs is located in the Garden Level of Walker Hall

Office hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm August 1 - May 31

During the summer months of June and July please contact the Student Life Office at (641) 784-5104 for as sistance.



The International Programs Office serves the international students at Graceland University-Lamoni Campus. The primary function of the office is to provide students assistance in the adjustment to life in the United States and at Graceland. The office serves as liaison between the international students and various university offices, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) , embassies, consulates, and off-campus constituencies. Some of the services provided are:
  • Orientation
  • Advising for immigration regulations and procedures
  • General counseling
  • Newsletter updates
  • Maintaining student records
  • Providing Embassy and Consulate Contacts in US
  • International Club support
  • Latino Club support

 

New Student Orientation

Graceland wants to help you be successful during your time here and in the USA.  Orientation is very important in helping you to adjust to a new environment and culture. During this orientation, you will learn about the resources in Lamoni, Iowa and Graceland Univeristy that will help you during your time as a student. You will learn about the very important immigration regulations that you need to follow while in the USA.We will be getting to know each other and having fun!
 
 Click  HERE for the Fall International Student Orientation Schedule

·             Part-time Enrollment Authorization

·             Off-Campus Work Authorzation ( OPT , CPT and Severe Economic Hardship)

·             Extension of Program (Extend expiring I-20 prior to completion date shown on current I-20)

·             Transfer Out

·             Withdrawal Form

·             Reinstatement Application

Student employment forms are available at InfoCentral in the MSC and the Human Resource Office. Each school year and summer a separate student employment application must be completed. The other employment forms only need to be completed one time unless you wish to make changes. Many of the forms need to be completed differently than a US resident, therefore, it is advised that you seek assistance from International Programs when completing the the following forms.
 
Forms:
International students (F-1 status students) are only eligible to receive Social Security numbers when they have a job or job offer.

If you get a job, you must apply for a US Social Security number to be paid. Contact the International Programs Office for assistance in completing the application and to verify that you have all appropriate supporting documents (letter from International Programs Director, Letter from Human Resources verifying job, Application, Passport, I-94, Visa, and I-20). The social security application form is available online or you can pick up an application in the Internation Programs Office. International Programs will arrange a time to go to the Social Security Office if there are enough people to make the trip cost effective.  You need to plan on going to Social Security in the month that you are hired.
 
Once your receive your Social Security Number, it is your number for the rest of your life!  Don't lose the card as it is difficult to replace.  Keep the number safe and do not give this number out without knowing clearly why.  There is a lot of identity theft in the USA and the Social Security number used in stealing identity.

Transcript request, request enrollment verification and other forms are available by clicking here .
For questions or directions on these forms please contact InfoCentral in the MSC.

All non-US residents (as defined by IRS) are required to file a United States tax form regardless of financial income. Filing taxes does not necessarily mean that you owe taxes. Tax forms are available from the Internal Revenue Service . Some students will only need to complete form 8843 and others will need to complete form 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR as well. If you have questions about which forms you will need, contact the International Programs Office. In January, you will receive a W-2 form from your employer(s), please make sure to keep this as well as any other documents you receive for tax filing purposes. Deadline for mailing tax returns is April 15th.

Some students may need to complete state tax forms.  For access to state forms click here

Usuallly Graceland University has volunteers to assist you in completing tax forms. Information will be given at the beginning of Spring Semester if tax assistance is available.
 
Recent Graceland Alumni  will be sent  an email in March giving information on how to complete their tax forms.  If you do not receive and email by the middle of March please contact the International Programs Office.

The Canadian Tuition and Education Amounts Certificate (TL11A) will be mailed to your home address in Canada in early February. For questions about this form please contact Graceland Accounting Services Cashier in Accounting Services.  You may reach the cashier by phone at 641.784.5129.


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