Immigration and International Student Residency Information 

Under certain conditions, as defined by Florida state statute Section 1009.21, an international student may be eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.

 

Students who are eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes in one of the categories below must also meet the general guidelines.

 

To be considered a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes, you must prove through official and/or legal documents that you have established permanent residence in Florida and are not merely living in Florida temporarily or incidental to attending college.

 

Please visit the Florida Residency Guidelines For Tuition Purposes website for additional information about residency classification. 

 

Definitions

Permanent Resident - A person who has been granted permanent resident status in the U.S. and has (or is waiting for) a Permanent Resident Card (identified as either Form I-151 or Form I-551). Permanent residents are eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes in Florida.

 

 

Non-Immigrant - A foreign national seeking to enter the U.S. temporarily and for a specific purpose. Once in the U.S., they are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visa was issued. Individuals with certain non-immigrant visas are eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes in Florida.

 

 

Unauthorized Aliens - A foreign national who lives in the U.S. without the required documentation. An unauthorized alien is not eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes in Florida. However, a dependent child who is a United States citizen may not be denied classification as a resident for tuition purposes based solely upon the immigration status of his or her parents.

Eligibility Requirements

The following Non-U.S. citizens shall be considered eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes:

  • Permanent resident alien
  • Parolees
  • Asylees
  • Refugees
  • Other permanent status persons (e.g., conditional permanent residents and temporary residents), who have applied to and have been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with no date certain for departure.

Non-immigrants holding one of the following visas shall be considered eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes:

1) Visa category A – Foreign Government Officials, including members of their immediate family.

2) Visa category E – Treaty Traders and Investors, including their spouse and children.

3) Visa category G – Foreign Government Officials to International Organizations, including members of their immediate family. 15

4) Visa category H-1B, H-1C – Temporary Workers (Specialty Occupations, Department of Defense Workers, Fashion Models and Nurses in HPSA’s) including their spouse and children.

5) Visa category I – Foreign Media Representatives, including their spouse and children.

6) Visa category K – Fiancé(e)s of United States citizen(s), including their children.

7) Visa category L – Intracompany Transferees, including their spouse and children.

8) Visa category N – Parent or child of alien accorded special immigrant status.

9) Visa category O-1 – Workers with Extraordinary Abilities, including their spouse and children.

10) Visa category R – Religious workers, including their spouse and children.

11) Visa category NATO 1-7 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization Representatives, including their immediate family.

12) Visa category S – Alien witnesses and informants, including their spouse and children.

13) Visa category T – Victims of trafficking, who cooperate with federal authorities in prosecutions of traffickers, including their spouse and children.

14) Visa category U – Victims of Certain Crimes, including their spouse and children.

15) Visa category V – Spouses and children of lawful permanent residents.

 

Non-U.S. citizens who fall within the following categories are also eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes:

1) Citizens of Micronesia.

2) Citizens of the Marshall Islands.

3) Individuals Granted Withholding of Removal status.

4) Applicants for Adjustment of Status.

5) Individuals defined as Cuban or Haitian entrants under the Refugee Education Assistance Act.

6) A permanent resident alien as determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Students holding an F1, J, or M visa are not eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.