Commencement Will Be Live Streamed on Sunday, May 19, Travel Signature, ISSO Welcomes New Staff Member, NEW Form I-94 Procedures, and Additional Checks at Ports of Entry
May. 14, 2013
Reminders: Commencement Will Be Live Streamed on Sunday, May 19 & Travel Signature
Announcements: ISSO Welcomes New Staff Member, NEW Form I-94 Procedures and Additional Checks at Ports of Entry
Commencement Will Be Live Streamed on Sunday, May 19
To students whose family members are unable to attend the commencement ceremony on May 19, this event will be streamed live beginning at 10:30am (Eastern time) -- http://www.brandeis.edu/streaming/
- If you have plans to travel over the summer, don't forget to travel with a valid travel signature on your most current I-20/DS-2019! Travel signature is valid for six months and you can travel multiple times during the six months.
- If you need a new signature, you can leave your I-20 or DS-2019 at the ISSO and retrieve it the following business day.
- If you have a DS-2019 and the sponsor is not Brandeis, then contact your sponsor for a travel signature.
- If you received an email from the ISSO letting you know that you have a new I-20 or DS-2019, make sure you pick it up before you travel and make sure it has a travel signature that will be less than 6 months old by the time you re-enter the U.S.
Please plan in advance! Visit the ISSO website to see ISSO Tips for Traveling!
ISSO Welcomes New Staff Member
The ISSO is very pleased to announce that Ms. Bonnie Ryle has joined the ISSO as our new International Student Advisor. Bonnie has started at the office this week. She will serve as the primary contact for international graduate students and the graduate schools in areas of student advising, programming, and orientations. Bonnie comes to Brandeis after spending the past four years at Quincy College as both an International Student Services Academic Advisor, as well as working in Admissions and teaching a first year seminar course. Prior to Quincy College, she served as a tutor and ESL specialist in the Writing Center at Mount Ida College, as well as other international student advising and ESL experience. Bonnie will be completing her Master's degree in Education from Cambridge College this spring as she begins at Brandeis. She also holds a TESOL Certification from TEFL International in Seville, Spain, and earned her Bachelor's degree from UMass-Lowell.
To contact Bonnie directly, she can be reached at the ISSO main number (6-3480) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).Welcome Bonnie!!
NEW Form I-94 Procedures
Beginning April 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin issuing Electronic Forms I-94 for travelers entering the U.S. by air or sea. CBP will start this process April 30 at some airports, and by the week of May 14, all airports and seaports will be issuing Electronic Forms I-94. Logan International Airport in Boston will begin issuing Electronic Forms I-94 the week of May 7. For more information, please see New Form I-94 Procedures
ADDITIONAL CHECKS OF STUDENT AND SCHOLAR VISA HOLDERS AT PORTS-OF-ENTRY
You may have read in the news recently that new procedures are in place to have any individual entering in student visa status to be reviewed by "secondary inspection" at any U.S. Customs and Border Protection port-of-entry. An official memo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted this practice beginning this week for anyone entering the U.S. in F, J, or M visa status.
While the memo references "students", we have received reports that J visa holders (including our international scholars in categories such as Short-Term Scholar, Professor, and Research Scholar may also be sent to secondary inspection for confirmation of the individual's valid visa status and SEVIS record.
Please note that being sent to secondary inspection has not been an uncommon practice or something new, but has gained more exposure given this new memo in response to a suspect related to the Boston Marathon bombings having been allowed by USCBP to enter into the U.S. in error on a terminated SEVIS record (as the individual had stopped being a full-time student and their SEVIS record had been terminated for that reason). The officers at "primary inspection" do not have full access to SEVIS, so will on occasion send individuals to secondary inspection for review. This new memo will require anyone with a SEVIS record to be reviewed by secondary inspection (this practice will be in place until primary inspection can receive greater access to SEVIS).
Mostly, this will be an inconvenience to our students and scholars traveling and re-entering the U.S., so we recommend that you plan additional time to go through U.S. Customs upon entry to the U.S. (such as planning any connecting flights following entry to the U.S.).
If any questions arise, please feel free to contact the ISSO.