F-1 VISA STUDENTS
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES is authorized under federal law to enroll F-1 non-immigrant students. By law, to issue the I-20 form, along with the application form, Florida Language School LLC must receive a copy of the student’s valid passport and proof of financial eligibility that meets both tuition and living expenses throughout the enrollment period, such as a recent bank statement no older than 60 days or letter from the student’s bank or sponsoring person. Sponsors must also provide an affidavit of support.
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES cannot be held responsible for decisions taken by embassies or immigration policy regarding entry visas or visa extensions.
Even though Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES can offer some guidance, visa advice can only be given by the appropriate Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. Students should contact their local Embassy, Consulate or High Commission to ensure they are allowed to enter and study in their chosen location. Students must maintain a valid visa status and their course will be terminated without a valid visa.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the most updated regulations/processes are being followed. Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES cannot be held responsible for any visa regulation changes which occur after the booking has been confirmed in compliance with the then-existing regulations.
A visa document courier fee or postal fee of $135 is charged each time documents have to be sent by mail.
STUDENT ADMISSION POLICY
- Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES programs are designed for non-native English language learners. Applicants may not enroll at a higher level than their current level of proficiency.
- All applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
- Applicants must be able to write using the Roman alphabet.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY
A student enrolled in any program is required to maintain an 80% cumulative attendance in the classroom. Failure to meet the attendance standards may result in dismissal from your program and/or termination of your F1 status.
- Late Arrivals and Early Departures:
Each instructor will track classroom attendance. If a student arrives more than fifteen minutes late or leaves more than fifteen minutes early, they will be marked late (L). Students will receive one absence (/) if they accumulate four lates (L).
Without consistent attendance, students cannot benefit from the JUST GO LANGUAGES instructional programs.
- PROBATIONARY STATUS FOR ATTENDANCE
A student who fails to meet the 80% attendance requirement for their program will be given a written warning. A student will be required to meet immediately with their Student Advisor or Academic Director to develop a plan of action in order to reach the 80% attendance requirement within 4 weeks.
If a student does not achieve an 80% attendance within 8 weeks of receiving a warning they will be placed on probation. They must meet immediately with their academic director to review and modify their action plan.
If a student does not achieve 80% attendance within 16 weeks of being placed on probation, the student will be dismissed from their program.
When a student has cause to appeal any actions based on attendance or grading, they must do so in writing to their academic director within 10 business days. The appeal will be considered by the Academic Director and campus leaders. A decision will be communicated to the student within 10 business days.
STUDENT PROGRESS GUIDELINE
At the end of each week, all students are given a Formative Assessment. At the end of each four weeks session, all students are given a Summative Assessment. After four 4 week sessions (16 weeks), the students’ average test results will determine their eligibility to advance to the next level. Students must achieve the Student Learning Outcomes at a rate of 70% or higher as measured by the assessments in order to be considered satisfactory progress. In the event that a student scores 70% or higher, the instructor will recommend the student “Advance” to a higher level. If they score lower than 70%, they will “Continue” at the same level.
*Failure to maintain satisfactory progress can affect F-1 Visa Status
STUDENT ORIENTATION & ADVISING
Academic Advising begins with Orientation every Monday for new students. During Orientation we will inform students about the following:
- Class and School Schedules
- Introduction to Faculty and Staff
- Rules and Policies
- How to maintain your F-1 status
For any questions regarding immigration, the curriculum, your progress or to request excused absences due to emergency, illness, personal reasons, or travel plans please contact our DSO & Academic Director, Maria Rosario Jemio Cors at firstname.lastname@example.org or PDSO, Dr. Roman Cech at email@example.com or at the Office.
For all immigration advising such as questions about your F-1 status, please contact our Coordinator of International Education/PDSO, Dr. Roman Cech at firstname.lastname@example.org at the office.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR STATUS
As an approved F-1 Visa holder, the student is solely responsible for maintaining your status, as outlined on page 3 of your Form I-20.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:
- Keep your passport valid at all times.
- Keep your Form I-20 valid at all times. Apply for an extension prior to the expiration date.
- Maintain full-time enrollment, a minimum of 80% attendance during your program, and show satisfactory progress toward completion of your studies.
- Get approval for vacations, leaves of absence and medical leaves.
- Do not accept off-campus employment.
- Notify JUST GO LANGUAGES of any address change within 10 days.
- Report any change in sources of financial support to your DSO
- Notify your DSO upon applying for a change of nonimmigrant status
- Notify your DSO if you intend to transfer
- Notify your DSO about changes in dependent status
- Have medical insurance during your enrollment. Extend your medical insurance coverage if you extend classes, take a vacation, leave of absence, or medical leave.
- When you have finished your program at JUST GO LANGUAGES, you have a 60-day grace period during which you must either leave the country or transfer to another school in order to obtain a new I-20.
- If you finish your program at JUST GO LANGUAGES early (before your program end date on your I-20), you have a 15-day grace period during which you must either leave the country or transfer to another school.
If you have any questions about your status or any of this information, please contact our PDSO, Roman Cech at email@example.com or DSO, Maria Rosario Jemio Cors at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their office at 7362 Futures Drive, Suite 1, Orlando, FL 32819.
Students can take 2 breaks per year. After the successful completion with 80% of attendance of 16 consecutive weeks of full-time study, you become eligible for one (1) term of four (4) weeks of vacation. All the vacations are paid.
You must submit a written Vacation request form at least four (4) weeks in advance before you plan to take a vacation.
You must obtain approval from the School’s designated School Official (DSO), Ms. Maria or PDSO Dr. Cech, before you take a vacation to keep your status safe in the United States. Taking a vacation without previous authorization can result in Termination of Status.
The Florida Language School LLC School maintains complete and accurate records of all students enrolled from the time of registration to withdrawal. These records form a part of the well-organized system of student accounting, which is accessible and reflects the current status of all students. Such records conform to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
Access to student education records is granted to the student and to the parent/guardian of the student, if requested. If material includes information on another student, only the portion of the material relating to the requesting student may be inspected and reviewed.
Upon request of a properly qualified individual, access to a student’s education record is granted within a reasonable period, not to exceed 45 days.
It is recommended that students choose to disclose any mental or physical illness, allergy, disability, or condition that may interfere with their ability to successfully complete their program, that may impact the well-being of any other student or staff member, that may require monitoring, treatment or emergency intervention during the student’s period of enrollment, or that may require special accommodation.
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES will not discriminate on the basis of any above-mentioned conditions and will provide reasonable accommodation to meet all students’ needs. Nevertheless, Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES reserves the right to terminate a student’s enrollment if the student’s participation represents a risk to their, other students’ or staff members’ health and safety.
Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, we strongly suggest you have health insurance while you are here. There are many insurance companies for you to choose including:
Please be aware that not having health insurance can result in a delay in your receiving medical care and/or high medical bills that you will be responsible to pay in full.
- In case of serious emergencies, always call 911.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS for MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE
- 800-273-8255(Florida Department of Children and Families)
EMERGENCY NUMBER for POISON CONTROL
- 800-222-1222(American Association of Poison Control Centers)
Please refer to the Public Safety Portal on the Orlando website for thorough and helpful information about your safety while living and studying at JUST GO LANGUAGES in Orlando. Please ask the JUST GO LANGUAGES Director, an Instructor, or the Student Services Assistant for help with understanding the information on this website.
Please take some time to make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency while traveling and studying in Orlando. The guide at http://orangecountyfl.net/EmergencySafety/EmergencyInformation.aspx#.YCx3iGhKg2w can help you think about what you need to do ahead of time.
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES will not be responsible for any failure to comply with any of its obligations (and therefore shall not be required to provide any compensation) if the failure is occasioned by any cause beyond JUST GO LANGUAGES’ reasonable control. Nor shall JUST GO LANGUAGES be responsible for any costs incurred by or on behalf of the student as a result of any such cause. Such causes shall include but shall not be limited to act of government, war, the threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, unusually adverse weather conditions, epidemics, pandemics, and infectious diseases.
- Respect and follow instructors’ rules of conduct.
- The target language is the only language spoken in the classroom.
- Cell phones may be used only for instructional purposes.
- Come to class prepared and on time.
- Academic integrity is mandatory. Failure to submit your original work will result in dismissal from class.
- F1 International Visa students are required to maintain full-time enrollment of 20 hours per week.
- F1 Visa students are solely responsible for maintaining their status.
- ALL students must ensure that all contact information including phone numbers, emails and local addresses are accurate at all times. Any changes must be reported to student services within 10 days.
- DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
Students must pay the full cost of any damage they cause to property.
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES reserves the right to expel students for unacceptable or unlawful behavior or lack of attendance. No refund will be given and any unpaid fees become immediately payable. Repatriation is at the student’s own expense.
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace and the classroom. Discrimination, bullying and harassment are unacceptable, against the law, and will not be tolerated.
- PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING
Students agree that photographs, videos, artwork or other works, as well as recorded or written testimonials; may be used, stored or transferred internationally by Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES or by a third party agent, for promotional purposes including printed and online marketing materials and on any social media network without further consent or notification. If students do not wish to participate, Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES will respect their wishes but it is the student’s responsibility to absent themselves from the photograph/video.
- AUTHORIZATION FOR ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”
Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
Florida Language School LLC DBA JUST GO LANGUAGES must comply with FERPA, and to the extent allowed in compliance with FERPA, will be attentive to the need of parents (and other designated third parties) to have access to a student’s educational record. Further information about FERPA can be found on the following website:http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
This information was updated on February 16th, 2021.