June 13, 2014
Summer Shortage of Visa Application Appointments for Third Country Nationals at US Consulates in Canada
On June 11th, 2014, the Department of State (DOS) confirmed that due to increasingly heavy demand by Canada-based visa applicants, the seven U.S. visa processing posts in Canada are unfortunately extremely limited in the ability to accept U.S.-petition visa renewal cases from U.S. residents during the peak demand period of June through August. Appointments will be more readily available during non-peak periods in October and November, and January through May.
*This does not apply to existing appointments previously booked in Canada. Also, if an applicant has an emergency need for a visa appointment in Canada during the summer months, s/he can make a request through the embassy’s website.*
U.S.-based applicants who need a visa are encouraged to schedule an appointment in their home country. Information on worldwide appointment availability is found on the State Department's website, Travel.State.gov.
Travelers to Canada and Mexico may be eligible for automatic revalidation at a Port of Entry without a new visa. For further assistance, please contact the Office of Immigration and Human Resource Services at 368.4289.
September 27, 2013
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program - 2015
The Diversity Visa Program (“Green Card Lottery”) will begin on October 1, 2013 at 12:00 Noon EDT, and conclude on November 2, 2013 at 12:00 Noon EDT. After the entry period opens October 1, 2013, early entry is recommended. Please see the link below for complete instructions. You may also contact our Department with any questions.
The English version of the DV-2015 Program Instructions is available in PDF format for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2015 Program Instructions is the only official version.
April 10, 2013
CBP ANNOUNCES AUTOMATION OF FORM I-94 ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE RECORD
Pursuant to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recent interim rule, effective 4/26/2013, most non-immigrants arriving at U.S. Port of Entries (POE) will not be issued Form I-94 Arrival/Departure document. CBP will provide arriving non-immigrants with information where they can go to a special website and print their I-94.
Since, in most cases, prospective employees are required to have this I-94 as part of the employment eligibility process, each prospective employee must print out the I-94 before visiting HR. The I-94 website for printing the form is: www.cbp.gov/I94
March 13, 2013
USCIS Releases Official Revised Form I-9
On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a Federal Register notice announcing the newly revised Employment Eligibility Verification form, i.e., Form I-9. This notice contains the dates that employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9, and announces the date that employers can no longer use prior versions of the form(s).
Accordingly, Form I-9 (see attached) with a revision date “(Rev. 03/08/13)N” is available for use beginning on March 8, 2013. Prior versions of Form I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09)Y and (Rev. 02/02/09)N can no longer be used by the public effective May 7, 2013.
Also, USCIS has a schedule of free webinars regarding changes to Form I-9 available on their website. Please go to www.uscis.gov and select the I-9 Central/Free Webinar tab to register. The updated Handbook for Employers, M274, is also available on the I-9 Central website.
This Power Point presentation has instructions for filling out the new I-9 form.
March 29, 2012
Due to the deteriorating situation in Syria, USCIS has announced that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the US may apply for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”). Please contact the Office of Immigration and Human Resource Services at 368-4289 for details and procedures for applying for TPS.
Special Handling “PERM” Labor Certifications for University Teachers
It is now permissible to use an electronic or web-based national professional journal** instead of a print journal when conducting recruitment for university teachers. **[ If so, the electronic or web-based journal’s job listings must be viewable to the public without payment of subscription and/or membership charges. The ad for the job opportunity for which certification is sought must also be posted for at least 30 calendar days on the journal’s website. Documentation of the placement of an advertisement in an electronic or web-based national professional journal must include evidence of the start and end dates of the advertisement placement and the text of the advertisement.]**
April 28, 2011
Effective April 28, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is eliminating redundant programs by removing the following countries from, and relieving nonimmigrant nationals or citizens of the following countries from compliance with, the special registration procedures under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS): Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
September 20, 2010
Employees who are required to, or desire to, undertake foreign travel (who must also apply for a new or renewal Visa) are advised that processing at US Consulates may result in a long delay, even if the consular website indicates a few days to process a Visa. While most delays are for security purposes, they can also concern technology control matters from other government agencies (i.e. FBI) regarding export issues.
Some delays are over 90 days, and can occur when the applicant applies in his/her home country; and/or for third country nationals applying in Canada or Mexico. We understand that some delays occur even though the applicant received visa clearance just months before; and in cases where an applicant received several visas in his/her home country without a visa clearance required previously. Although delays are more common for persons from countries subject to special registration (“NSEERS”) others may also experience delay.
Therefore, before undertaking international travel, we recommend that the employee and the Department consider the risk since s/he may be unable to return when anticipated and alternate arrangements should be planned.
I-539 Applications to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status
The Office of Immigration and Human Resource Services will soon offer a new service to families of the University's international employees. Starting this June, IHRS will offer assistance with the preparation of I-539 Applications to Extend/Change Non-immigrant status on behalf of these family members. IHRS will provide explanations of the form and questions asked on the form, required supporting documents and filling information. Cost of the service is $100.00, with checks to be made payable to "Case Western Reserve University".
The service will be offered by appointment, only.
Please note: This service will be available after June 1, 2008.
J1 Policy Change
Effective April 18, 2008, there is a new policy from the US Department of State concerning J1 travel outside the USA. When a J1 will be traveling outside the USA for work purposes, it will be their responsibility to not only have their DS-2019 signed as is currently done, but to also provide the following:
- Their travel dates/ both departure and return dates
- The address at which they will be staying while out of the country
This information will be entered into their SEVIS record.
Green Card Policy Change
Effective October 1, 2007, there is a new University Policy for the employment of nonimmigrant workers and immigrant worker petitions (green cards). Departments are encouraged to call IHRS for complete details or when contemplating permanent residence for their workers.