The Office for International Services issues the certificates of eligibility needed to obtain a U.S. entry visa to students and exchange visitors from abroad. Serving as a resource center for international students and scholars, the office facilitates adjustment to life in the United States through orientation and assistance with immigration matters, such as employment and travel authorization. Personal advisement, information on health insurance, social security cards, and banking are provided. The office provides access to programs promoting cross-cultural and international awareness in the New York City area.
Federal regulations and Fordham University require that individuals in F and J status have health insurance. All students will be automatically enrolled in Fordham’s health insurance plan and charged for health insurance each semester when they register. Students may waive Fordham’s policy by bringing a copy of their policy (in English) and insurance card to the Health Center after arriving on campus. The policy must meet certain minimum US Dollar requirements.
Students who are eligible to waive Fordham’s policy must remember to submit a new waiver every September that they are enrolled at Fordham. To find out more about the plan, to get a brochure, or to find out more about the waiver requirements, please visit the health insurance section of the Health Center's website: www.fordham.edu/health.