November 2010

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  • Coffee Hour
    Nov. 3 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Residential Towers, Community Room

  • International Education Week
    Nov. 15 - 19
    Various Locations Around Campus

  • Coffee Hour
    Nov. 17 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Residential Towers, Community Room

  • TRIP
    Nov. 20 - 9:00am to Noon
    Meijer & Super K-Mart

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

Travel Information
Planning on traveling? Please see the OISS Travel Infomation page before making any arrangements.
Get Ready For 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.

This year's theme is "Paving the Way for Cultural Understanding"

This full week of activities is designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain anyone who participates. This year join us for our Opening Ceremony and Reception on Monday Nov. 16 at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Khawla Mattar, Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo, Egypt. Other events include Exploring Saudi Arabia, Ecotonos: A Simulation for Collaborating Across Cultures, a Global Fashion Show, and more. You can access the international education link for a schedule of events:

International Education Week website

Important Health Insurance Information

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

Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, November 3 and 17, 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 and scholars as well as members of the community.

Employers See Delays in H-1B Petition Processing

Employers with H-1B petitions on file at the California Service Center (CSC) of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are seeing processing times of four to six months in some cases, despite USCIS' official processing estimate of two months for H-1B petitions. The lengthy adjudication periods are affecting initial cap petitions as well as changes of status and extensions of stay. Keep in mind that you can utilize Premium Processing to receive a response in 15 days after USCIS receives the petition.

The California Service Center has jurisdiction over H-1B petitions where the beneficiary's place of employment is in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.

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:

Current Fee
New Fee
Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (H-1B)
Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status
Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
Form I-131 Applicaiton for Travel Document
Form I-539 Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status
Form I-901 Request for Premium Processing Service

Departments, please make sure you request your filing fee checks with the new fees for your H-1B petitions.

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:

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

Upcoming 2010 Workshop

Date & TimeTopic
What You Need to Know About H-1B Processing
Workshop about H-1B processing.

Fiscal Year 2011 Visa Numbers

The Department of State sent a memorandum to USCIS on September 15, 2010, noting that effective September 16, there would be no further authorizations of visa numbers for any family preference category, or for employment second, third, third "other workers," fourth, and fourth "certain religious worker" cases for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2010. Numbers once again became available for all of these categories as of October 1, 2010 under the FY 2011 annual numerical limitation.

Current for all countries

China - June 1, 2006
India - May 8, 2006
All other countries - current

China - November 22, 2003
India - January 22, 2002
Mexico - May 1, 2001
All other countries - January 22, 2005

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.

NSC Processing Times Increase for EAD and Advance Parole Applications

The USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC) has recently encountered a significant increase in its processing times for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Advance Parole Applications. In the past, the NSC has attempted to adjudicate EAD and Advance Parole applications within 60-75 days. However, the NSC is currently taking approximately 90 days to review EAD and Advance Parole applications. Additionally, after the EAD application is approved, it may take between one and two weeks for the applicant to receive the new EAD card from the USCIS card processing facility. The USCIS seldom expedites the processing of EAD applications. The USCIS does not currently allow for the automatic extension of EAD documents during the pendency of the EAD application. The NSC has encouraged applicants to file their EAD and Advance Parole applications 120 days prior to expiration in order to ensure that they receive the new documents prior to expiration of their current documents. The NSC did caution that applicants may not submit their EAD and Advance Parole renewal applications more than 120 days prior to the expiration of their current documents.

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 stated that encourages all prospective students to work closely with their 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.