December 2010

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  • Coffee Hour
    Dec. 15 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Residential Towers, Community Room

  • TRIP
    Dec. 18 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Wal-Mart and Target

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.
Important Health Insurance Information

All exchange visitors/students in J-1/J-2 and F-1/F-2 status are required to have health/repatriation insurance in effect for the duration of their 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

OISS Learning Community

The OISS Learning Community, "Achieving Academic Success for International Students" is in its second year. In addition to our monthly meetings, we take our first year students on a Tour of Detroit with our tour guide Harriett Saperstein, Urban Consultant. Our students are amazed at the hidden gems of Detroit. There were students from Iran, Spain, Russia, India, China, Cambodia, Canada and Jamaica who attended. This fun filled event bridges the divide and connect students to their new cultural environment and to each other!

Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, December 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 and scholars as well as members of the community.

Delays in H-1B Petition Processing

Departments, please note if you have already sent or will be sending the H-1B request to OISS, H-1B petitions at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are seeing delays in processing times of four months or more in some cases. The lengthy adjudication periods are affecting initial petitions, changes of status, portability and extensions of stay. Considering the delays at USCIS, please allow enough time when sending the H-1B request to OISS. Below you will find a breakdown of the processing times:

Type Submit to OISS Processing Time
Initial H-1B (New) or Change to H-1B Regular Processing: 6 months prior to employment start date
*Premium Processing is an expedited processing service for an additional $1,000 fee that guarantees a response from USCIS on the H-1B petition within 15 business days *Premium Processing: 3 1/2 months prior to employment start date
H-1B Extensions Regular Processing: 4 months prior to employment start date
H-1B transfer to WSU from another institution Regular Processing: 3 months prior to employment start date

New USCIS Fees Now in Effect

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased the fees for many immigration filings, including premium processing cases, and introduced 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 took effect November 23, 2010. Petitions and applications postmarked on or after November 23 must include the new fees.

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.

Important New USCIS Regulations for H-1B and Other Categories

Please be advised that a new regulation became effective November 23, 2010 and mandatory as of December 22, 2010 for H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, or O-1A workers.

USCIS added two specific questions on the I-129 Petition for a non-immigrant Worker relating to compliance with federal export control regulations. The applicable regulations involve "deemed exports" that occur when a federally controlled technology, technical data, software or other item is shared with an unauthorized foreign national. It is often possible to obtain a license from the Departments of State or Commerce to allow the work to proceed, but the licensing process takes time and may involve a fee.

Reminder to Departments about H-1B Termination

Please be advised that the U.S. Department of Labor requires the employer to notify USCIS upon terminating the employee on H-1B.
  • Regulations require an H-1B employer to notify USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) “immediately” about the termination of an H-1B employee. Departments may satisfy this notification obligation by sending an email/letter explaining the termination to OISS.
  • If the employer terminates an H1-B employee before the end of that employee’s period of authorized stay, the employer is liable for the “reasonable costs” of return transportation for the employee to his or her last country of residence.
  • Immigration statutes and regulations suggest that the employer’s liability is limited to the reasonable cost of physically returning the H-1B employee, and does not extend to the cost of relocating family members or property.

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.

Fiscal Year 2011 Visa Numbers Available for December 2010

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. The memo stated that USCIS could continue to process the cases received and that they would be held in the Visa Office's "Pending Demand" file. "All eligible pending demand cases will be automatically authorized based on the FY-2011 cut-off dates which are announced."

Current for all countries

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

China - December 8, 2003
India - January 22, 2002
Mexico - July 1, 2002
All other countries - February 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.