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1. A Brief History of the U.S. Independence Day
2. State Department Announces New Version of DS-160, Non-Immigrant Visa Application
3. Fall 2011 International Student Orientation – Leadership Volunteers Needed
4. Term II OCCT Schedule Now Posted
5. Latest Information on H-1B Cap Filings
Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. [From www.history.com]
To read a transcript of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, go to this link: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
On June 27, 2011, the Department of State announced that it had launched a new version of form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application. This form, which is required for most nonimmigrant visa applicants, makes it clear that the applicant - and no one else - must electronically sign and submit the form, even if the applicant received help from a third party. The form also includes six new questions relating to possible grounds of inadmissibility. Instructions may be found on the State Department website at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. The link provides instructions and an FAQ.
Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding Leadership and U.S. Culture Training experience to your resume? There is still time to sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer!
Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.
Leadership Volunteers engage in a 5-day training program to help
prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is
organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program:
The Training Program includes activities that give all Leadership
Volunteers the opportunity to:
During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at Check-In, welcome them during the Introductory Meeting, lead small group discussions, accompany them to all meals, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.
Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 15, to Friday, August 19, 2011. International Student Orientation starts Monday, August 22 and ends on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Anyone who wants to be a Leadership Volunteer must participate in the full week of training and all three days of International Student Orientation.
If you are interested in applying to be a Leadership Volunteer, please
complete the Leadership Volunteer application on our website:
Summer Session Term II OCCT service begins Monday, July 11. The Term II schedule is now posted at the OCCT website at:
The most recent H-1B visa update was on June 24, 2011. It
can be read at:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that approximately 17,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions out of 65,000 visas available, and approximately 11,300 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.
It is interesting to compare these numbers with those that were posted one year ago, on June 25, 2010. On that date, USCIS reported that approximately 23,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 10,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. So, the number of cap-subject H-1B visa petitions have dropped by 26% when compared with one year ago. The number of petitions that qualify for the advance degree exception have increased by 13% when compared with one year ago.
USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 H-1B petitions.
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Last Updated: 7/5/11