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July is the height of the visa-processing season for new students coming to the United States to study. At Binghamton, we anticipate having another large class of new undergraduate and graduate students. We are hearing positive news about visa issuance from students in most countries.
Federal regulations permit new international students in F or J status to enter the United States as early as 30 days prior to the start date on their I-20 or DS-2019. The start date for this coming fall is August 22, 2011, the first day of International Student Orientation. The start date for exchange students is August 21, 2011 and the start date for Dual Diploma students is August 20, 2011. Thus, we expect to see some early arrivals in just a few weeks.
If you are assisting a new student, please bring them to the ISSS so that staff can greet them, note their arrival, and give them early arrival information.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds BU international students and scholars that it is essential that you have your passport, signed I-20, and I-94 departure card with you when you travel, even if your travel is within New York State. In addition, if you have an application pending with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (for employment authorization or a change of non-immigrant status) be sure to carry your receipt notice with you.
The following statement
appears in the ISSS-BU Travel Extra
“Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been heightened security not only at all border crossings, but also at bus terminals, train terminals, and airports throughout the United States. Police from multiple agencies; federal, state and municipal, may be patrolling these areas. People may be stopped and questioned randomly. Therefore you are urged to be sure to have your passport, visa documents (I-94 card and SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019), and BU student ID card with you for ALL distance travel, even travel within New York State. In addition, be sure that your current I-20 or DS-2019 has an authorizing signature for travel that will be less than one year old on the date you will return to Binghamton.
Why does the ISSS want to be sure its readers know this is very important? It’s because U.S. Border Patrol officers in Upstate New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Oswego and Syracuse) are on patrol at Amtrak train stations and Greyhound bus stations, as well as airports, and are legally permitted to stop and demand that any foreign national produce a passport and proof of legal status in the United States. Border officers can work within 100 miles of any US border, and the four upstate New York cities mentioned above fall within that distance. Similar patrols have been reported at New York City’s Penn Station and at the Greyhound Station in New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. CBP officials have boarded busses and trains and have interviewed all individuals on board.
A foreign national, including an international student, may be in legal status in the United States, but if the person does not have his or her passport and US immigration documents that prove legal status when stopped by a Border Patrol Officer, the student can be taken into custody and held until the documents can be produced, or be required to post bond.
So, remember to always have your documents with you when traveling!
The most recent H-1B visa update was on July 1, 2011. It can
be read at:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that approximately 18,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions out of 65,000 visas available, and approximately 11,900 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption out of 20,000 visas available have been filed. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 H-1B petitions.==============================================================================================================================
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Last Updated: 7/11/11