September 2010

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

Phone: (313) 577-3422

Fax: (313) 577-2962

Fall/Winter Office Hours
Monday - Thrusday
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Health Insurance Contact
Carol Kassab
Phone: (313) 577-3422

Helping Pakistan

Several WSU student groups are mobilizing to raise funds to help the millions of people impacted by the flooding in Pakistan. The WSU Pakistani Student Association (PSA) is planning a fundraiser to help raise funds to assist in the relief efforts. Full details of the fundraiser is forthcoming, in the meantime you can contact Harris Khan, President of the PSA at for information on how you can donate.

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 want to invite you and your association to join us in making this year’s Global Festival a success. This year, the booth rental is $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 at this link and submit it to OISS by September 10, 2010. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

International Education Week -
November 15-19, 2010

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 is an event designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain.

Please consider submitting a proposal for a session or event. OISS is accepting proposals now through October 8, 2010.

To submit a proposal, go to the International Week website ( 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

Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the activity center of The Towers Residential Suite, which is located on the 1st floor of that building. Enjoy a light lunch and coffee. This is a great opportunity to meet other international and domestic students as well as members of the community

New Fee for Visa Waiver Program Travelers Starts September 8, 2010

Beginning September 8, 2010, foreign nationals planning to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will need to pay a new fee of US$14.00 when they submit an application for permission to travel through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

State Department Finalizes Rules on J-1 Internships and Training Programs

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has finalized a regulation on J-1 exchange programs for trainees and interns that was originally promulgated in 2007 to tighten requirements and oversight. Please click the "Read More" button below to see the changes and clarifications brought about in the final regulation.

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.

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:

Feel free to contact Chamu Gowrishankar at and Sofia Malynowskyj at should you have any questions.

Upcomming 2010 Workshops

Date & TimeTopic
What You Need to Know About O-1, TN & H1-B1 Processing
Workshop about O-1, TN & H1-B1 processing.
Ask the Immigration Pro
Open to any immigration, policy or process questions.
What You Need to Know About H-1B Processing
Workshop about H-1B processing.

Priority Dates Will Advance for Most Employment-Based Preference Categories in September

The Department of State has released the September Visa Bulletin, its projection of immigrant visa availability for the last month of Fiscal Year 2010. In September, priority date cut-offs for nearly all employment-based preference categories will once again advance. In some cases, these advancements exceed the State Department’s earlier projections of employment-based immigrant visa availability through the end of the current fiscal year. This is good news for WSU employees who are waiting for their adjustment of status to U.S. permanent resident.

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

Current for all countries

China - May 8, 2006
India - May 8, 2006
All other countries - current

China - October 22, 2003
India - January 1, 2002
Mexico - Unavailable
All other countries - December 15, 2004

Important Permanent Residency (PR) Information

Sponsoring Permanent Residency (PR) for Faculty/Professor

Please note if you are anticipating the possibility of sponsoring permanent residency (PR) for Faculty/Professors in your department, you can use the current recruitment materials utilized for the Faculty/Professor’s current position for his/her PR process. However, this window of opportunity is only for 18 months after the selection is made. If you decide to sponsor PR after this “18 month” window, you will have to re-recruit. This 18 month option is only available for classroom and university teaching positions.

Changing from EB-2 to EB-1

This is a reminder that because of the current lengthy processing times for *EB-2 for individuals from China and other countries, departments may choose to change the category of the foreign national to EB-1 first preference, Outstanding Professor or Researcher (tenure-track only), if the scholar qualifies and the department desires to assume the costs for the change.

Please note that changing categories will be treated as a new sponsorship case which means the Statement of Responsibility Form must be submitted to the Director of OISS and all costs associated with the change must be assumed by the department (there’s a new form on the OISS website). The WSU policy prohibits foreign nationals from paying for their WSU sponsored permanent residency. Foreign nationals cannot pay or reimburse the department for the expenses associated with their case.