October 18, 2017

Registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019)

Information and details for the 2018 Diversity Immigration Visa Program (DV-2019) can be found here.

October 17, 2017

Employment-Based Interviews

Please be advised that as of October 1, 2017, USCIS now interviews all applicants for employment-based adjustment of status. To read more on this, please go to:

October 1, 2017

Premium Processing of H-1Bs Restored

Please be advised that the government has announced it has reinstated H-1B premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Individuals with questions or concerns should contact Joshua Forquer, H-1B Coordinator at the Office of HR and Immigration Services at 216.368.6964.”

May 21, 2017

Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination

USCIS is reminding the public that the designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone terminate effective May 21, 2017.

To provide sufficient time for an orderly transition, the Department of Homeland Security gave beneficiaries under these three designations 8 months advance notice of the expiration by publishing 3 notices in the Federal Register on Sept. 22, 2016 (one for each country). These notices urged individuals who did not have another immigration status to use the time before the terminations became effective in May to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.

Although TPS benefits will no longer be in effect starting May 21, 2017, TPS beneficiaries will continue to hold any other immigration status that they have maintained or acquired while registered for TPS. Individuals with no other lawful immigration status on May 21, 2017, will no longer be protected from removal or eligible for employment authorization based on TPS.

TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents issued under the Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone designations are only valid through May 20, 2017, and will not be renewed or extended.

After reviewing country conditions and consulting with the appropriate U.S. government agencies, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson determined that conditions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone no longer support their designations for TPS. The widespread transmission of Ebola virus in the three countries that led to the designations has ended.

Additional information about TPS is available at

November 15, 2016

International Spouse Support Group - CWRU

The International Spouse Support Group is a group fro wives interested in meeting other wives from different cultures and sharing experiences about living in the U.S. and other countries. You can practice conversational English, play games, learn crafts, and talk about books and experiences dealing with family relationships.

Spouses (or married female students) of International students and scholars, faculty, and staff are wecome to join, as well as American women interested in building cross cultural friendships.

This group is a sponsored activity through International Student Fellowship, serving wives at CWRU adn CSU.

OFF CAMPUS: Sometimes we meet in the homes of our members and cook together, or go out on a filed trip; like the zoo, Amish Country, art museum, downtown, shopping, etc. Please call or text Arlene at 216-225-1367 cell or send an email to find out where we will be and please joing us.

Group events or field trips with your husband. Celebrate Holidays with American families.

Arlene Frankos and Caroly Advincula, facilitators.


June 24, 2015

Effective June 24, 2015
DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designations for Nepal

Please see the USCIS site for details.

March 2, 2015

Effective May 26, 2015

H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers who have taken steps to become permanent residents can apply for work authorization. The H-1B nonimmigrant must be the principal beneficiary of an apporved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, I-140 to qualify.

Please contact the office of Immigration and Human Resource Services for additional information.

December 29, 2014

US Department of State issues new rule for J-1 visa English Proficiency

Please see the standard for J-1 English Proficiency as set by the University. These go into affect January 5, 2015.

  • J-1 English Proficiency Requirements
  • Assessing English Proficiency
  • J1 English Proficiency Checklist
  • J-1 English Proficiency Requirement FAQs
  • November 20, 2014

    DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designations for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

    Please see the USCIS site for details.

    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,

    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.

    April 10, 2013


    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:

    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 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.

    September 2011

    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.

    Travel Alert

    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.