October 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

Fall/Winter Office Hours
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

Travel Information
Planning on traveling? Please see the OISS Travel Infomation page before making any arrangements.
Call for Proposals
International Education Week
November 15-19, 2010


The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites you to celebrate International Education Week by hosting a program, session or event during the week of November 15-19, 2010.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

This full week of activities is designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain anyone who participates. This is a wonderful opportunity for faculty to connect a session to a class assignment. Some ideas to consider:

  • The importance of foreign language study
  • Lessons learned from international research, education or travel abroad initiatives
  • International exchange and study abroad opportunities
  • The internationalization of higher education
  • The global classroom: Internet exchange and distance learning
  • Globalization and the impact on the U.S. economy
  • Intercultural communication
  • Dealing with culture shock
  • U.S. culture and the classroom

If you and/or your organization, Department/School/College are interested in presenting a session or hosting an event, please complete and submit an online application to OIP from the International Education Week website. If you are already hosting an international event during that week, please submit the information so we can add it to our calendar. The last day to submit applications is Friday, October 15, 2010.

For additional information, please visit the International Education Week website or contact us at internationalweek@wayne.edu or at (313) 577-3422.





Health Insurance

All J-1 and J-2 exchange visitors both scholars and students are required by the U.S. Department of State to have health/repatriation insurance in effect for the duration of their exchange visitor program. Failure to carry health/repatriation insurance is considered to be a violation of the exchange visitor program regulation.

Please direct all AETNA insurance inquiries to Carol Kassab, at 313-577-3422 or ckassab@wayne.edu





Important information for Colleges /
Departments on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations state that curricular practical training (CPT) must be "an integral part of an established curriculum." They define curricular practical training as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f) (10) (i)






USCIS Reminds B-1/B-2 Visitors that They Cannot Enroll in Classes Prior to their F-1 Change of Status Application Being Approved

The USCIS recently reminded B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school that they must first file for and be approved for a change of status to F-1 status prior to enrolling in classes. The USCIS stated that enrolling in classes while in B-1/B-2 status will result in a status violation. Although the USCIS stated that there were no exceptions to this regulation, B-1/B-2 visitors are allowed to attend a vocational or recreational class while maintaining their B-1/B-2 status. The USCIS stated that if B-1/B-2 visitors enroll in classes before a change of status application is approved, the visitor will be ineligible for a change of nonimmigrant status from B to F classification and will have to apply for an F-1 visa at a consulate abroad. The USCIS encourages all prospective students to work closely with their OISS Designated School Official (DSO) to coordinate the timing of applying for a change of status from B to F classification and when to enroll in classes.



New USCIS Fees Will Take Effect in November

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase fees for many immigration filings, including premium processing cases, and will introduce new fees for applications and services that were previously processed without charge, according to a final regulation published in the Federal Register. The new fee schedule will take effect November 23, 2010. Petitions and applications postmarked on or after November 23 must include the new fees.

According to USCIS, the agency is altering its fee schedule to reflect the full cost of processing applications and petitions.





New Fees for Employment-Based Filings

Employers will see higher fees for most employment-based filings, though some fees will be lowered. Among the new fees are the following:
Form
Current Fee
New Fee
Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (H-1B)
$320
$325
Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
$475
$580
Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status
$930
$985
Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
$340
$380
Form I-131 Applicaiton for Travel Document
$305
$360
Form I-539 Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status
$300
$290




Premium Processing Fee Increase

USCIS will increase the fee for premium processing services from $1,000 to $1,225 for eligible Form I-129 and Form I-140 petitions. Despite the urging of business immigration advocates, the agency elected not to expand premium processing to other case types, but indicated that it would consider an expansion of the service in the future.



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 2:00 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 and Sofia Malynowskyj at ac5608@wayne.edu should you have any questions.



Upcoming 2010 Workshops

Date & TimeTopic
10/29/2010
1:30pm-2:30pm
Ask the Immigration Pro
Open to any immigration, policy or process questions.
11/26/2010
1:30pm-2:30pm
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 October Visa Bulletin, its projection of immigrant visa availability for the last month of Fiscal Year 2010. In October, 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 October 2010, priority date cut-offs for employment-based immigrant categories will be as follows:

EB-1
Current for all countries

EB-2
China - May 8, 2006
India - May 8, 2006
All other countries - current

EB-3
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.