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Foreign and Exchange Students

May a district count foreign exchange students in its certified enrollment count?

Answer: 

No. A district may not include any foreign exchange program students in its certified enrollment count. This answer deals exclusively with non-immigrant students; that is, students who are not residents of the United States and who are in this country temporarily.

If a foreign student or foreign exchange student desires to attend a district other than the district in which the host family resides. may the student use open enrollment?

Answer: 

The following answer deals exclusively with non-immigrant students; that is. students who are not residents of the United States and who are in this country temporarily. [If a student who is not a citizen of the United States nevertheless lives in Iowa with his or her parents.

If a school district enrolls a non-resident foreign student. may the district charge tuition to that student?

Answer: 

A district that enrolls a non-exchange foreign student (one with an F-1 visa) is required by federal law to charge tuition,  P.L. 104-208, Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

What types of visas are available for foreign students?

Answer: 

This answer deals exclusively with non-immigrant students; that is, students who are not residents of the United States and who are in this country temporarily.

What is required of a school before it may accept a foreign exchange student (J-1 visa holder)?

Answer: 

The following answer deals exclusively with non-immigrant students; that is, students who are not residents of the United States and who are in this country temporarily.

What are the rules about participation in interscholastic athletics for foreign and exchange students and where are those rules?

Answer: 

256--Iowa Administrative Code 46 states that a foreign exchange student is immediately eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics if the student is enrolled in an Iowa school or school district and is otherwise eligible to participate (i.e., age, academics, good conduct, and in possess

What is SEVIS and what is its importance?

Answer: 

The acronym SEVIS stands for Student Exchange Visitor and Information System.

What should a district or school do if it is contacted by an exchange program that it suspects may not be legitimate?

Answer: 

The school or district should consult the Advisory List produced annually by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) on the web at www.csiet

What is the web site of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau of the Department of Homeland Security?

Answer: 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau of the Department of Homeland Security regulates all matters regarding non-immigrant students; its website is

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2015 at 10:28pm.