August 2010



Office of International Students & Scholars
42 W. Warren
Suite 416, Welcome Center
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 577-3422

Fax: (313) 577-2962

www.oiss.wayne.edu

Spring/Summer Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fall/Winter Office Hours
Beginning August 17, 2010

Monday - Thrusday
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Health Insurance Contact
Carol Kassab
Phone: (313) 577-3422
Email: ckassab@wayne.edu

Get Ready for Global Festival 2010!!!

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is organizing its 40th Annual Global Festival (formerly known as the International Fair) that will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Gullen Mall. This event draws an average of 4,000 students and community residents to this day-long program. Besides winning many prizes, participants can also sample ethnic food, enjoy cultural entertainment, and purchase ethnic items.

We would like to invite you and your association to join us in making this year’s Global Festival a success. This year, the booth rental will be $25. Please consider contributing to the festivities by providing a performance that includes dance, singing, drama, poetry reading, or some other type of cultural activity (approximately 15 to 30 minutes).

If you are interested in participating in the Global Festival, please fill out the Global Festival application form below and bring the form to OISS by September 10, 2010. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at www.oiss.wayne.edu

We look forward to working with you!

2010 Global Festival Participation Form



International Education Week

International Education Week is a world-wide celebration in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and U. S. Department of Education. International Education Week, November 15-19, 2010, is an event designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain.

Please consider presenting a session or providing an event.

OISS is now accepting proposals through October 8, 2010.

To submit a proposal, go to the International Week website (www.internationalweek.wayne.edu) click on the "Submit Event Proposal" link, login (using your Pipeline ID and Password) and complete the form.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by email at oissmail@wayne.edu



Career Planning Courses

Wayne State's Career Services Office is offering two free job and career skills courses:

UCS 0991 is a zero credit course that offers “S” and “U” grades in only six weeks. While ideal for freshmen and sophomores, it is open to all enrolled WSU students. It is designed to introduce career planning and allow students to explore their career interests and values, learn how their major relates to the world of work, and find more career choices. (UCS 0991 Flier)

UCS 0992 is also a free, zero credit course for “S” or “U” grades. It is also open to all currently enrolled WSU students, but it is particularly ideal for juniors and seniors that have declared their major and are looking to further their career planning with internships and other experiential learning. This 8 week course is designed to prepare students for professional work experience and will address critical job search skills such as resume marketing, interviewing and networking. (UCS 0992 Flier)

If you have questions or need more information please contact the Career Development area of the Career Services Office at 313-577-3390.



TSA Secure Flight Program

All Passengers of All Flights—International And Domestic Are Now Being Checked Against Government Terrorist Watch List

On June 24, 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that 100 percent of passengers flying domestically and internationally on U.S. airlines are now being checked against government watch lists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program, traveling within the United States and its territories.

This announcement came less than three (3) weeks after TSA reached 100 percent watch list checking for all passengers traveling within the United States and its territories through Secure Flight.

Under the Secure Flight program, TSA prescreens passenger name, date of birth and gender against government watch lists for domestic and international flights. In addition to facilitating secure travel for all passengers, the program helps prevent the misidentification of passengers who have names similar to individuals on government watch lists.

Individuals found to match watch list parameters will be subjected to secondary screening, a law enforcement interview or prohibition from boarding an aircraft, depending on the specific case.





U.S. Embassy and Consulates General In China Liberalize Interview Appointment Policy And Opens On Saturdays To Accommodate Chinese Travelers To The U.S.

Effective immediately, non-immigrant visa applicants may book interview appointments at any U.S. Consular Section in China, regardless of the province or city where they live. Consular Sections are located at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) hopes that the elimination of geographic restrictions on visa applications will promote the people-to-people exchange between the U.S. and China by making the visa application process simpler and more convenient.

This new policy was issued following DOS’ announcement on June 18, 2010 of its "Super Saturday Visa Program" in China. As part of the program, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, along with four U.S. consulates across China, is opening on Saturdays, over the next few weeks to accommodate thousands of Chinese travelers seeking visas to visit the United States. The program was created in response to the dramatic growth of trade, commerce, people-to-people exchanges, and tourism between China and the United States over the past couple of years. According to DOS, U.S. consulates in China issued more than 487,000 visas to Chinese travelers in 2009, sixty-six percent of which were for business and tourism. With even more significant increase in 2010, China's visa load has already charted a 28% increase over the same period last year.




Increased U.S. Passport Application Fees

Effective July 13, the cost of U.S. passport books and passport cards increased In addition, the Department of State imposed a new fee on individuals who are renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Highlights of these new fees are as follows:

 New FeeCurrent Fee
U.S. Passport Book
(applicants age 16 or older)
$70$55
Passport Book Security Surcharge$40$20
U.S. Passport Card
(applicants age 16 or older)
$30$55
U.S. Passport Card
(applicants under age 16)
$15$10
Documentation of Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship$450$0




Important Visa Information

Please be advised that it is recommended that all scholars obtain their visa in their home country. Several non-Canadian scholars have been indefinitely delayed in Canada due to administrative background checks which can take up to several months. This lengthy delay can jeopardize the scholar’s employment at WSU. U.S. consulates consider non-Canadians who apply for visas in Canada as “third country nationals.” It is always recommended that the foreign national return to their place of citizenship or permanent residency to receive their visa rather than in Canada. Please contact OISS whenever a scholar plans on traveling abroad.



DOS Implements Changes to Biometric Requirements for Visa Application

In order to address situations where visa applicants attempt to repudiate misstatements on their visa applications by claiming that someone else prepared their application and they (the applicants) are unaware of the contents, U.S. consular posts are now required to have applicants acknowledge that the information they have provided is true and complete to the best of their knowledge, and that statements made on the application and during the interview are made under penalty of perjury to counter any future attempts of repudiation on the applicant's part, particularly in the context of immigration prosecutions.



Summer 2010 Travel Memo

As many students, researchers, and staff will be traveling abroad over the summer we have listed some helpful travel reminders. Each consular post has unique procedures so we encourage visa applicants to carefully prepare well in advance.



Basic Documents Required for Travel (and re-entry to the U.S.)

  • Passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of intended departure from the U.S.;
  • Valid U.S. Visa;
  • Original Form I-797, Notice of Approval (for Nonimmigrant Petition based cases);
  • Original SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel;
  • For F-1 students with approved OPT/EAD, valid F-1 visa, EAD, and employment verification letter (though students approved for “cap-gap” relief will lose that benefit by travel abroad);
  • Valid Advance Parole for pending adjustment of status applicants (or a valid H-1B/H-4 or L-1/L-2 visa);
  • Valid Lawful Permanent Resident Card (“Green card”);




Change in New Scholar Orientation Time

This is an important reminder that all scholars who are new hires in Wayne State University in H-1B, H1-B1, J-1, TN, O-1, and E-3 must attend new scholar orientation. New scholar orientation is held weekly on Monday at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. in the OISS conference room. It is a requirement that the scholar sign up for only one New Scholar Orientation at: https://www.wsuoiss.wayne.edu/newscholarorientation

Feel free to contact Chamu Gowrishankar at aw7910@wayne.edu or Sofia Malynowskyj at ac5608@wayne.edu should you have any questions.



J-1 Intern Category

The Office of International Students and Scholars is pleased to announce that Wayne State University offers a J-1 Intern Program. This exciting program that was launched in 2009 allows departments to host/sponsor an undergraduate or graduate foreign student as an unpaid or paid J-1 Intern for up to 12 months. The internship must fulfill the educational objectives for his or her current degree or certificate program at his or her home institution in their home country. Several departments have taken advantage of this beneficial exchange program that is a pathway for future student enrollment at WSU. Please contact OISS at 313-577-3422 or send us an email at j1intern@wayne.edu if you need additional information.

This is a reminder that department sponsors of the J-1 Intern program must use the title "J1 Intern" and not WSU full-time employment titles such as Research Associate or Research Assistant since these categories are used for full time employment purposes. The J-1 Intern category is strictly an internship and not an employment category although it can be a paid internship. We currently have ten J-1 Interns at WSU.



Please mark your calendar for the following 2010 workshops:

Here are some workshop dates for 2010. Please mark your calendar:

  • What You Need to Know about O-1, TN & H1-B1 Processing
    Friday, September 24, 2010
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Workshop about O-1, TN & H1-B1 processing.

  • Ask the Immigration Professional
    Friday, November 29, 2010
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Open to any immigration, policy or process questions.





DOS Releases July 2010 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the July Visa Bulletin, its projection of immigrant visa availability for the coming month. Next month, there will be an eight-month advancement in the priority date cut-off for the second employment-based preference category (EB-2) for India and China, to March 1, 2006.



August Priority Date Cut-offs

In August 2010, priority date cut-offs for the employment-based immigrant categories will be as follows:

EB-1

Current for all countries.

EB-2

China – March 1, 2006.
India – March 1, 2006.
All other countries – current.