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Title: F1 Regulatory Update/ Consular Affairs Update


1
F1 Regulatory Update/ Consular Affairs Update
  • AMIE Meeting, July 9, 2007
  • Cristen Casey
  • The University of Texas at Dallas

2
F-1 Regulatory Update
3
USCIS Fee Increases Effective July 30, 2007
  • Full text at http//www.nafsa.org/regulatory_info
    rmation.sec/regulatory_document_library.dlib/fees_
    forms_and_processing/uscis_fee_schedule_effective
  • I-765 (new form) Work Authorization (OPT,
    Economic Hardship)
  • 180 increased to 340
  • I-539 COS or Reinstatement
  • 200 increased to 300
  • I-102 Replacement of I94
  • 160 increased to 320

4
SEVIS 5.7 Upgrade
  • Full text at http//www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/
    SevisRelease57fm.pdf
  • Enhancements to
  • Initial Status Student Actions, Student
    Major/Minor Selection, Student/Dependent Search,
    OPT Edit Command, Pending Status OPT Display,
    Reinstatement Update Successful
  • Updates to
  • Registration Current Session End Date, M-1
    Extension New Program End Date, Defer Attendance,
    Country Lists/Tables, Visa Issuance Post
    List/Table

5
ICE Transfer Update
  • Terminated completed records can again be
    transferred (DSOs transfer out form to include
    permission to discuss the students case with the
    new school)
  • Transfer of newly arrived students permissible
  • CPT and OPT terminate on transfer release date

6
SEVIS Recertification
  • Nothing yet released. Keep informed with
    www.ice.gov/sevis or www.nafsa.org.
  • Process is proposed rule, comment period, final
    rule. Recertification cannot begin prior to
    final rule being published
  • Schools authorized to continue until final rule
    is published.

7
I-515A
  • Use this address instead of one on form
  • SEVP, ATTN Form I-515A Processing Team
  • Chester Arthur Building
  • 425 I Street, NW, Suite 6034
  • Washington, DC 20536
  • If student will travel within 30 days, expedite
    by faxing I-515A, I94 and airline ticket to
    202-353-4625

8
US VISIT
  • Effective May 6, 2007, international visitors are
    no longer required to check out at a US VISIT
    exit kiosk.
  • All other exit procedures remain the same,
    including
  • Exit interview for NSEERS registrants.
  • I-94 must be submitted to airline/ship rep

9
Request For Evidence (RFE) Changes
  • Effective June 18, 2007
  • USCIS given authority to outright deny
    applications/petitions that do not have all
    required documents or do not sufficiently reflect
    eligibility for benefit
  • When RFE issued, no longer bound to give 12 weeks
    response time

10
Direct Filing of I-765 (F related benefits)
  • Applicants with residence in Texas continue to
    file at TSC
  • For more information http//nafsa.org/regulatory
    _information.sec/regulatory_document_library.dlib/
    fees_forms_and_processing/direct_filing_of_forms
  •  

11
SSN and OPT
  • Can apply if OPT I20 and OPT Receipt Notice
  • Problems and delays, contact SSA first. If no
    response, email SEVIS.source_at_dhs.gov.

12
Reinstatements sent to Service Centers
  • Began October 30, 2006
  • File directly with Vermont Service Center
  • Questions about pending applications go to Natl
    Customer Service Call Center, web-based case
    status service, or contacting the service center
    from which they received last notice.

13
USCIS Discontinues Local Production of Interim
EADs
  • As of September 1, 2006, USCIS has discontinued
    production of EADs at local USCIS offices
  • InfoPass appointments still available to those
    whose I-765s have been pending over 90 days, but
    EADs will be produced by Service Centers
  • Students are encouraged to apply for OPT at
    least 90 days prior to desired start date

14
F-1 students with I-485 pending
  • ICE guidance keep their F-1 status alive in
    SEVIS
  • If students drop below full course, travel on
    Advance Parole or use EAD off-campus, terminate
    in SEVIS with a note I-485 pending, A number
  • Texas Service Center these students are not
    eligible for OPT, TSC will issue EAD in C(0)(9)
    category (PR-pending)

15
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
  • Requires all travelers (including citizens of the
    US, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas) to use a
    passport to enter the US
  • Implemented in 2 phases
  • 1/23/2007 for air travel
  • 1/1/2008 for land and sea travel

16
Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)
  • DHS TRIP can be used by individuals who have
    inquiries or seek resolution regarding
    difficulties they experiences during their U.S.
    entry or exit http//www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/program
    s/gc_1169676919316.shtm

17
Consular Affairs Update
18
Visas and Admission
  • Discontinuation of Application Received Stamp
    (showing visa refusal), effective January 2007
  • E-passports required for WB/ WT entrants,
    effective October 2006
  • Personal Appearance requirement expands
    restrictions for personal appearance waivers
  • 14 79 age range

19
What is verified at visa application time
  • Enough English to function?
  • Plan that has them going back?
  • Can applicant articulate the plan?
  • Interview, approximately 3-5 minutes
  • Note Consular official doesnt see program
    start/ end dates or notes in SEVIS.

20
Types of Visa Clearances
  • Class (flags)
  • Identification (fingerprints, soon to be 10
    print)
  • Facial recognition (personal interview)
  • Mantis (field of study, valid for 48 months for
    Fs from most countries)
  • Security Clearance problems 202-663-1851

21
Consular Affairs The Next Generation
  • Web-based visa applications
  • Unified appointment system
  • On-line payment
  • All electronic visa (no passport stamp)
  • 10 fingerprint scans (by end of 2007)

22
DSO Resources
23
Consular questions How do I inquire about
  • A specific case usvisa_at_state.gov or 202-663-1225
  • Status of a visa clearance 202-663-1851
  • Clearance for certain citizens
    travel.state.gov/visa/reciprocity/index.htm
  • Visa regulations FOIA.state.gov
  • J Waiver review problems 202-663-1225

24
Texas Service Center How do I inquire about
  • Region III Website Regulatory Updates
    http//www.nafsa3.org/regupdates/regupdates.asp
  • Inquiry Procedures
  • Fax Inquiry Form
  • Fax (214) 962-1450
  • Email Inquiry tsc.schools_at_dhs.gov

25
Resolving SEVI Hits for non-averse terminations
  • DSO can call SEVIS help desk to remove the SEVI
    hit (dont email)
  • Only for non-averse terminations (COS, Authorized
    early Withdrawal)
  • Information to be included
  • Students name, DOB, SEVIS ID
  • Airport where student entered U.S.
  • Date student entered U.S.

26
NAFSA Resources
  • http//nafsa.org
  • iManual
  • Government-NAFSA Liaison Summaries
  • Practice Resources
  • Regulatory Information
  • NAFSA.news
  • Regional Web Sites
  • International Student Advising Network (sign up
    at www.nafsa.org/ISTA forums)
  • NAFSA Knowledge Communities
  • IssueNet www.nafsa.org/IssueNet

27
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