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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can you write a letter to speed up my U.S. visa?
  2. How much money can I bring into the U.S.?
  3. How much money will I need during my first year at Concord University?
  4. I wasn't able to get a flight to arrive in time for Orientation Check-In. Can I join Student Orientation Late?
  5. Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?
  6. I'm a U.S. Citizen (or Lawful Permanent Resident) who grew up outside the U.S. Can I attend International Student Orientation even though I'm not an international student?
  7. I'm transferring from another U.S. university. Do I have to attend orientation?
  8. I reserved a room in the residence hall. When can I move in?
  9. Can I pay my tuition and fees by wire transfer? If so, how can I do it?
  10. How can I get my University ID Card?
  11. When can I register for my classes?
  12. Can I work?
  13. How can I find an on-campus job?
  14. How, when and where can I get a Social Security Card?

U.S. Visa Delays

1. Can you write a letter to speed up my U.S. visa?

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to expedite the processing of your visa application. Officers in U.S. Embassies and Consulates have asked universities not to send letters regarding students' visa applications. The reason is that the Consulates are inundated with paperwork and do not have sufficient staff or time to process such letters.

If your visa is denied, contact us immediately, we may be able to help.

Bringing Money into the U.S.

2. How much money can I bring into the U.S.?

If you plan to bring money (e.g. cash, money order, certified check, travelers’ checks, letter of credit) into the U.S., please note the following from the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) website:
“Travelers leaving or entering the U.S. are required to report monetary instruments (i.e. currency or checks) valued at $10,000 or more on a "Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments" form FinCEN 105” (available at www.fincen.gov/fin105_cmir.pdf or from a CBP officer). “Failure to declare currency in amounts of over $10,000 can result in its seizure.”

Please Note:

  • We do not recommend that you carry large sums of cash when you come to the U.S. Please bring travelers’ checks instead.
  • Do not assume that you can multiply $10,000 by the number of people in your group and bring in that amount of money. The border officer will try to determine to whom the money really belongs. If s/he determines that it belongs to one person, s/he will seize it if the amount exceeds $10,000.
  • Never make false statements to a border officer about money or anything else. The penalty for making false statements to border officers is very severe, including a fine and up to two years of imprisonment.
  • If you do not follow the above-mentioned advice and your money is seized, we advise you not to fill out any forms to request that the money be returned to you. To file a request that will be approved by Customs & Border Protection requires in-depth knowledge of the relevant regulations and the way that such requests are adjudicated. For these reasons, it is much better to hire an attorney to help you get your money back.

    For more information, please visit the Customs & Border Protection website.

3. How much money will I need during my first year at Concord University?

You can find the Estimated Cost of Attendance for your degree program in section number seven (7) of your I-20.

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Late Arrival

4. I wasn’t able to get a flight to arrive in time for Orientation Check-In. Can I join Student Orientation late?

Although we don’t recommend it, you can join Student Orientation late.

Orientation Attendance

5. Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is not mandatory, but you will be disadvantaged if you don’t attend it. The orientation sessions were designed to prevent problems experienced by previous students at Concord University and to provide “one-stop shopping” for the things you need to start your life in Concord (e.g. University ID card, computer account, bank account, cell phone account, Social Security Card, etc.). Attendance at New Student Orientation will save you the trouble of getting those things on your own. The orientation sessions are also extremely practical, helpful and important. If you don’t attend them, you will miss the helpful information and valuable tips shared in orientation sessions and you will have to find them on your own.

6. I’m a U.S. Citizen (or Lawful Permanent Resident) who grew up outside the U.S. Can I attend International Student Orientation even though I’m not an international student?

Yes, you can. You will find International Student Orientation extremely helpful.

7. I’m transferring from another U.S. university. Do I have to attend orientation?

Although you have already studied in the U.S., you are new to Concord University. All U.S. universities have their own procedures, policies and services so your prior experience will not help you at Concord as much you think. For this reason, we strongly urge you to attend orientation at Concord University.

On-Campus Housing

8. I reserved a room in the residence hall. When Can I move in?

International students who will be attending orientation and plan to live on campus will be permitted to check in to the residence halls beginning on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. You must contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life if you need to arrive before Saturday, August 15th.

Bill Payment

9. Can I pay my tuition and fees by wire transfer? If so, how can I do it?

 

Please instruct your financial institution to route funds as follows:

 

BB&T
State of West Virginia, Office of the State Treasurer
ABA/Routing Number: 051503394
Account Number: 5174294463
Reference: Concord University for {student’s name and ID number}

Failure to follow the above instructions could result in a delay of the processing of funds. Once the funds are received, they will be credited to the student’s account.

If additional information is required or if a problem occurs, please contact one of the following University personnel:

Victoria Blankenship, Interim Business Manager - (304) 384-5210
Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs - (304) 384-6086
Andrea Tabor, Associate Director of Admissions - (304) 384-6031

 

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University Identification Card

10. How can I get my University ID Card?

You can get your Concord University ID card during orientation.

Course Registration

11. When can I register for my classes?

Registration is held during the first two weeks of the semester.

Employment

12. Can I work?

F-1 international students are eligible to work on-campus without special authorization.

13. How can I find an on-campus job?

The Office of Career Services maintains a list of on-campus jobs. Please see: http://academics.concord.edu/careers

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Social Security Card

14. How, when and where can I get a Social Security Card?

The following documents are required to get a social security number:

  • A valid passport
  • I-94 card
  • I-20
  • A completed application (social security form SS-5) available at www.ssa.gov
  • A letter from your international student advisor verifying your attendance at Concord University

A letter from an on-campus employer on the employer’s letterhead that provides employment verification, namely:

  • Identity of student employee
  • Nature of job the student is, or will be, engaged in
  • Anticipated or actual employment start date
  • Number of hours the student is expected to work ( international students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week)
  • Employer identification number (EIN) Concord University’s EIN is 556000761
  • Employer contact information, including telephone number and the name of the student’s immediate supervisor
  • Original signature and signatory’s title
  • Date

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Last updated on Apr 4, 2012. Originally created on Jan 4, 2012. Report incorrect information.