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ISO Student News: 10/2/2017

 

Table of Contents

  1. Will You Complete Your Degree Requirements Soon? (more)
  2. Join ISO on a Kayaking Trip! - Saturday, October 7 (more
  3. Expanded Travel Ban Announced (more)
  4. 2019 Diversity Lottery Application Procedures (more)
  5. Reminder: Submit Your GLACIER Documents (more)
  6. Submit an Event for International Education Week (more)
  7. RGC Country Western Night - Friday, October 6 (more)
  8. Campus FocusWeekly Conversation Hours at the Language Center (more)



Will You Complete Your Degree Requirements Soon?

If your answer is “yes,” or even “maybe,” now is the time to begin thinking about F-1 Optional Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training. Do not delay! Each individual has a different set of circumstances to consider when making such complicated immigration decisions, so please do not assume that what works for your friends will also be the best option for you. The ISO held an employment workshop earlier this semester offering more detailed information and instructions; this recorded workshop can be found in ISO’s Event Archives.

If you are completing this term but do not plan to apply for F-1 or J-1 work permissions, please also check the program end date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. If that date is listed beyond the time when you will actually finish, you will need to request that your program be shortened to update your SEVIS record using the Extend/Shorten Program Completion Date Change Form. Please report your departure to the ISO by also completing the Student Departure Form.

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Join ISO on a Kayaking Trip! - Saturday, October 7

Take a day trip to Canadice Lake with the ISO for a fun time kayaking and to enjoy beautiful foliage views. We will depart at 10:00AM this Saturday, October 7 from River Campus and return that afternoon. The cost of the trip is $60 and includes round trip bus transportation, lunch, and everything you will need in order to go kayaking! No experience is required and a brief lesson will be provided before setting out on the lake. Seating on the bus is limited so sign up soon in the ISO Office at 213 Morey Hall or at ESM Walk-in Hours in ESM 506. Payment in full is required to reserve your seat (cash, check, or money order only) and cancellations can only be refunded when another student is available on our waitlist to take your space. Please e-mail questions@iso.rochester.edu if you have any questions. This should be a really wonderful trip and we hope that you can join us!

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Expanded Travel Ban Announced 

On September 24, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proclamation, supplementing the March 6 Executive Order (13780), which had imposed a temporary ban on visa issuance and entry to the United States for nationals from six specified countries. The September 24 proclamation amended the list of countries affected (removing Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan and adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela) and changed the previous restrictions from temporary to indefinite. 

This recent expansion of the travel ban is set to take effect on October 18, 2017. The impact on each country and the individuals seeking to travel to the United States from those countries is quite different, ranging from a relatively limited suspension of visitor visas for certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members to a sweeping suspension on entry to the United States of nationals, immigrant and nonimmigrant, from North Korea and Syria. 

There will likely be forthcoming official clarifications on these restrictions as well as legal challenges that might impact how they will be interpreted and implemented. We encourage any student or scholar from the affected countries, especially those from the eight countries included in the recent proclamation (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen), to seek updated information and advice and to consult with an ISO advisor prior to traveling outside the United States or before doing anything that might affect their current immigration status.   

Please visit the ISO’s Recent Immigration Actions page as well as the Office of Global Engagement's Immigration Updates page for updates on this and other important immigration-related matters as they develop.

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2019 Diversity Lottery Application Procedures

The US Department of State will soon announce registration details for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019) lottery. This program enables randomly selected individuals to apply for one of 50,000 US Permanent Resident visas, specifically reserved for persons from areas with lower immigration rates. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 7, 2017. All applications must be submitted online at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ by this deadline.

Individuals who meet simple but strict eligibility requirements are able to enter the lottery for an opportunity to apply for a US “green card.”  Due to high numbers of immigrants in recent years, persons from the following countries will NOT be eligible for the 2019 lottery: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. (Note: Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible).

For more information, please access the Department of State’s DV 2019 application instructions. Follow these instructions carefully, if you plan to apply, since incomplete or duplicate applications may make you ineligible. There is NO FEE to enter the DV Lottery! Be aware of fraudulent websites that require payment to file the application, which is not necessary through the US government’s official website. A fraud warning and helpful fraud FAQs are available on the Department of State’s website. The application process is fairly simple and does not usually require the assistance of an immigration attorney. If you are selected under the lottery, however, you may want to consider hiring an attorney for help with completing the Permanent Residency application process.

Some F-1 and J-1 students are hesitant to apply for the Diversity Lottery, fearing that it will impact their nonimmigrant status and ability to renew their student visa for travel. However, entry in the Diversity Lottery is not an application for US Permanent Residency. For selected DV-2019 applicants, the lottery will only grant eligibility to apply for Permanent Residency, which must be filed for separately during the 2019 fiscal year. Therefore, the lottery would not contradict your current nonimmigrant status and you could still indicate that you had not filed an Immigrant Visa Petition on future temporary visa applications (Form DS-156 or DS-160).

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Reminder: Submit your GLACIER Documents!

Please verify that you have completed your GLACIER record accurately and have entered valid contact information. For new students, please make sure that you have also sent the required forms and document copies as indicated on your GLACIER Tax Summary. If you recently received your US Social Security Card (SSN card), be sure to update your GLACIER record with the new number and send the forms to the Payroll Office. Your record and tax benefits cannot be fully applied until those documents are on file in the Payroll Office. The ISO or any other department at the University can provide an Inter-Campus Mail envelope to use when sending your documents to Payroll. For detailed guidance on completing your GLACIER record, we recommend that you view the TIPS on Demand video in Module G, Unit 2: Creating Your GLACIER Record. You can find this video in the International Services Organization in Blackboard. If you have questions when completing GLACIER, please contact glacier@hr.rochester.edu.

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Submit an Event for International Education Week (IEW)

Celebrate the benefits of international education and cultural exchange, here at the University of Rochester and worldwide! International Education Week will officially be celebrated November 13 to 17, but there is more to do throughout the month, and the year!  

Would you like the opportunity to share your culture with the broader campus population? Did you have a great study abroad experience that you would like to tell others about? Whatever ideas you may have, consider submitting them for an event! The submission form is now available online: http://rochester.edu/iew/intake.html.

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RGC Country Western Night – Friday, October 6

Friday, October 6
7:00PM to 9:30PM
2201 Lehigh Station Road (Barn at Liberty Hill)
Yee-haw! RGC will hold its annual Country Western Night at the Barn at Liberty Hill, home of the RIT President, this Friday! The dance is free to attend and transportation will be available if needed. This event is always a great time, where you can learn traditional American folk dance! One of the best square dance callers in upstate New York will be there along with a LIVE band! Enjoy various North American music traditions such as Irish, Anglo, French Canadian, New England, and southern Appalachian old time! Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Or, dress in your best Country Western dress to join the costume contest! If you don't care to dance, you may simply come to socialize and have fun! Light refreshments will be served. Please submit your intent to participate by using the Reservation Form online, and indicate whether you will need transportation.  

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors many events and activities.

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Campus Focus: Weekly Conversation Hours at The Language Center

Are you interested in a chance to speak in a foreign language or to speak your mother language with other people? The Language Center is offering Conversation Hours in the following languages this semester: 

German
Mondays
5:00PM to 6:00PM

Italian
Tuesdays
4:30PM to 5:15PM

Arabic
Wednesdays
1:00PM to 2:00PM 

Korean
Wednesdays
3:30PM to 4:30PM 

Spanish
Wednesdays
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

French
Thursdays
5:00PM to 6:00PM

Portuguese
Saturdays
12:00PM to 2:00PM

All conversation hours are held at Frederick Douglass Commons 305 on River Campus. The Language Center is working on adding additional language.

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Editor: Lena Ovcharov, Immigration Advisor