OPT Stem 24个月震撼来袭!留美发展更容易!

Stem OPT 24个月 新政策
Stem OPT 24个月 新政策–荣生留学 最新资讯 2016

半年前,在留美圈里有一阵恐慌,说美国法院将要取消STEM(科学类、技术类、工程类、数学类)专业17个月的OPT延期(原文链接)。当时我们阐述了事件的始末,平息了恐慌,并且做了预测,延期不会轻易取消的。

果然,国土安全局出台新政策,“取消”STEM 专业原有17个月的延期,改为24个月!至此,自从去年夏天以来的“美国是否会取消理工科专业学生17个月的工作延期”争论算是有了个结局。国安局终于在联邦法院设定的最终期限内,完成了所有的流程。从此,就STEM专业留学生工作/实习延期是否合法这一问题,再也没有人能找茬了。

喜忧参半 移民局公布2016年美国工作签证的申请费用上调!

H1B Application Fee Adjustment
H1B Application Fee Adjustment–荣生留学 最新资讯 2016

移民局刚刚推出了H1B(工作签证)新增60天的grace period(失业过渡期)的利好政策,就又官方公示了H1B的申请费用上调的细则,真真是喜忧参半!

2016财年美国联邦财政预算案中明确规定,部分H-1B申请费用将受影响大幅上调。

此次H-1B申请费用上调适用的公司是:

广大在美留学工作者的福音:H-1B新增60天失业过渡期(Grace Period)!

H1B或将新增60天grace period
H1B或将新增60天grace period–荣生留学 最新资讯 2016

美国移民局针对在美工作签证持有人放宽了政策,广大H-1B、L-1工作签证持有人也将可以开始享受最高60天的失业过渡期(Grace Period)。

该提案的正式文件于2015年12月31日正式公布在FederalRegister网站,近期会开始为期60天的公众意见采集,如果不出意外,此提案有可能会微调之后在2016年年中执行。

留美学生实习就业延期议案需要你!(OPT-Extension) 议案下怎么写评论?我们来支招!

Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015

美国国安部(DHS)提议延长STEM领域留美学生毕业后在美国的实习就业期,现在处于公示和收集舆论阶段,却遭到了部分极端反移民势力的阻碍! 此提案通过需要你的帮助,请帮助中国留学生争取在美国合理合法的就业机会和时间!

美国绿卡排期重磅改革-数千万留美学生将获益!

 

Greencard Application Reform
Greencard Application Reform-荣生留学-最新资讯

9月份,移民局联合美国国务院对移民排期表进行了优化改革,从10月起,亲属移民和职业技术移民类型都会出现两个排期表格供申请人参考,这两份表格的出现影响意义深远,将有超千万移民将从中获益!

虽然绿卡申请人依然需要等待排期到来才能提交绿卡申请表格,但相对于旧版排期,新排期执行后很多申请人可以提前几个月、甚至几年时间拿到工(作)卡,效力几乎等同于绿卡到手!

就拿广大留学生最常使用的EB-2(即学生签证转工作签证转EB2类绿卡申请)绿卡为例:

美国法院没有取消STEM OPT 17个月的延期呢,大家莫要恐慌啦!

Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT Extension Issue–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015

OPT背景

美国移民局给来美国留学的学生毕业后12个月的实习期(OPT),就是说中国留学生在美国毕业后,可以获得12个月在美国工作和实习的机会。美国是允许中国学生在当地找工作的。如果在12个月以内,雇主帮学生办理了工作签证,那么学生的身份会从F1学生签证专为H1B工作签证,下一步不就是申绿卡了嘛!

STEM 专业的学生,笼统来讲,也就是理工科的学生,在12个月的OPT用完以后,还可以申请17个月的延期。这个好处可是大大的,如果在前一年雇主没有帮忙办理工作签证,或者工作签证抽签没有成功,没关系,再给你一年半的时间!可见美国也在想方设法的留住理工类的技术人员。

事件起因

一帮美国技术工人觉得近年来国际学生抢了不少美国人的饭碗,越想越生气,有个工会组织(Washington Alliance of Technology Workers)就把美国国土安全局(DHS)给告上法庭了,说国安局在2008年颁布的这个STEM 领域OPT17个月的延期不合法,要求取消。 说白了就是只给国际学生12个月的时间,工作签没拿到赶紧走人,不给第二次机会!(太狠了)

事态经过

美国法院接到一纸诉状之后就开始调查,发现当年国安局颁布的这个法令确实存在问题呀。 按照美国法律,一项法令在颁布之前,必须按照规定走一些手续和流程,比如要经过公开听证、广纳民意。而国安局恰恰没走这个流程,自己直接制定和公布了,没有公开听证。因此,从法律上这个法令的颁布确实是无效的。

事件发展

F2签证详解 不要异地恋 不要相思苦!

 

F2签证详解 不要异地恋 不要相思苦!
F2签证详解 不要异地恋 不要相思苦!–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015

有多少人因为另一半出国留学而变为异地,有多少人在异地恋中苦等坚持……

来美国留学的人越来越多,读硕士和博士是主要群体。对已婚的大龄留学生来说,漫长的留学生活难免要忍受相思之苦,对已经有子女的留学人员更是有难以言说的牵挂和思念。注重人道主义的美帝当然理解大家的心情,为已婚F-1签证的留学生配偶及未成年子女提供了F2陪读签证。

 

申请F-2陪读签证关键要证明你的配偶在美国是全职学生,需要出示美国合法学习的证明,并且你有能力支付自己在美国的生活费用(因为F-2签证持有人不允许合法工作)。当然,还要证明你们的婚姻真实。

 

谁可以申请?

F-1签证持有人的配偶及未成年子女。

准备材料主要分为三大类:

  • 证明配偶的合法学生身份。
  • 证明有能力支付在美国的生活费用。
  • 证明婚姻的真实性。

面试官一般会抽查材料,因此材料准备的越全越好。

 

材料清单

  • 护照(有效期至少6个月以上)。若有旧护照也带上
  • DS-160确认页
  • 一张照片:2寸正方形(51mm x 51mm),白色背景,最近六个月内拍摄
  • 完成SEVIS表格 — F2的I – 20表格,学校DSO和本人签字
  • 签证费收据
  • 结婚证
  • 证明你们婚姻真实的材料。例如:婚礼邀请函,婚纱照,生活照,通话记录单等
  • 在职证明,请假申请,准假证明
  • 收入证明
  • 毕业证书
  • 本人银行存款证明,房产证等
  • F-1持有人的银行存款证明,房产证等
  • F-1签证持有人的护照,签证,I – 94
  • F-1签证持有人的I – 20, 学生证,在读证明,SSN,成绩单
  • F-1签证持有人的报税单

若申请人为F-1签证持有人的子女,需要提供上述F-1签证持有人的资料加上子女的出生证明,户口本等证明亲子关系的文件。

 

申请F2签证的步骤

1选择在线填写DS-160表格https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/,打印确认页

2进入http://www.ustraveldocs.com/网上申请系统,注册账户后可以选择“新的签证申请/安排面谈时间”,系统会提示你支付签证费。(网上支付或到中信银行网点支付)。获得缴费收据。

3缴费后回到http://www.ustraveldocs.com/继续之前的步骤,预约签证时间,打印确认页

4带上材料按照约定的时间到美国大使馆进行面谈,千万不要迟到。

 

面试常见问题

“你们是怎么认识的?在哪认识的?”

“你的爱人在哪里读书?”

“你们什么时候结婚的?”

“你爱人在美国的住址?电话?邮箱?”

“你们平时怎么联系?”

“你打算在美国呆多久?”

“你们有孩子吗?/你们准备在美国生孩子吗?”

“你去美国后现在的工作怎么办?”

“你能证明你们有能力负担两人在美国的费用吗?”

 

父母不在F2签证范围内

F2陪读签证的合法申请人只能是F1本人的配偶和子女,很遗憾父母不在这个范围内。但是父母可以申请B2 即旅游签证来美国看孩子。

B2签证的好处也非常多,一次签证成功可以在美国停留6个月之久,并且10年之内无需再签证即可自由往返中美之间。

有关B2探亲旅游签证的详细内容我们另有咨询详解,请大家多多关注。

Effect of the New H4 Policy—EAD Cards for H4 Visa Holders  

 

WASHINGTON, DC: The long wait for many H4 visa holders seeking Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards to work legally in the United States is finally coming to an end: effective May 26, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin applications from qualified spouses of H-1B visa holders.

 

“Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work in the United States makes perfect sense,” Rodríguez said. “It helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the transition from temporary workers to permanent residents. It also provides more economic stability and better quality of life for the affected families.”

This policy shows that the U.S. government wants to attract more qualified talents to the country.

Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations

Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015

 

The period of time when an F-1 student’s status and work authorization expire through the start date of their approved H-1B employment period is known as the “Cap-Gap”.

Cap-Gap occurs because an employer may not file, and USCIS may not accept, an H-1B petition submitted more than six months in advance of the date of actual need for the beneficiary’s services or training.  As a result, the earliest date that an employer can file an H-1B cap-subject petition is April 1, for the following fiscal year, starting October 1.  If USCIS approves the H-1B petition and the accompanying change of status request, the earliest date that the student may start the approved H-1B employment is October 1.

Cap-Gap Extensions

Current regulations allow certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions to remain in F-1 status during the cap-gap period. This is referred to as filling the “cap-gap,” meaning the regulations provide a way of filling the “gap” between the end of F-1 status and the beginning of H-1B status that might otherwise occur if F-1 status is not extended for qualifying students.

Eligibility for an Extension

H-1B petitions that are timely filed, on behalf of an eligible F-1 student, that request a change of status to H-1B on October 1 qualify for a cap-gap extension.

Timely filed means that the H-1B petition (indicating change of status rather than consular processing) was filed during the H-1B acceptance period which begins April 1, 2013 while the student’s authorized F-1 duration of status (D/S) admission was still in effect (including any period of time during the academic course of study, any authorized periods of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), and the 60-day departure preparation period, commonly known as the “grace period”).

Once a timely filing has been made, requesting a change of status to H-1B on October 1, the automatic cap-gap extension will begin and will continue until the H-1B petition adjudication process has been completed.  If the student’s H-1B petition is selected and approved, the student’s extension will continue through September 30.  If the student’s H-1B petition is denied, withdrawn, revoked, or is not selected, the student will have the standard 60-day grace period from the date of the rejection notice or their program end date, whichever is later, to prepare for and depart the United States.

Students are strongly encouraged to stay in close communication with their petitioning employer during the cap-gap extension period for status updates on the H-1B petition processing.

Please note: F-1 students who have entered the 60-day grace period are not employment-authorized.  If an H-1B cap-subject petition is filed on the behalf of a student who has entered the 60-day grace period, the student will receive the automatic cap-gap extension of his or her F-1 status, but will not become employment-authorized (since the student was not employment-authorized at the time H-1 petition was filed, there is no employment authorization to be extended).

Those Not Qualified for an Extension

F-1 students who do not qualify for a cap-gap extension, and whose periods of authorized stay expire before October 1, are required to leave the United States, apply for an H-1B visa at a consular post abroad, and then seek readmission to the United States in H-1B status, for the dates reflected on the approved H-1B petition.

Proof of Continuing Status 

To obtain proof of continuing status, a student should go to their Designated School Official (DSO) with evidence of a timely filed H-1B petition (indicating a request for change of status rather than for consular processing), such as a copy of the petition and a FedEx, UPS, or USPS Express/certified mail receipt.  The student’s DSO will issue a preliminary cap-gap I-20 showing an extension until June 1.

If the H-1B petition is selected for adjudication, the student should return to his or her DSO with a copy of the petitioning employer’s Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a valid receipt number, indicating that the petition was filed and accepted.  The student’s DSO will issue a new cap-gap I-20 indicating the continued extension of F-1 status.

Denied H-1B Petitions

If USCIS denies, rejects, or revokes an H-1B petition filed on behalf of an F-1 student covered by the automatic cap-gap extension of status, the student will have the standard 60-day grace period (from the date of the notification of the denial, rejection, or revocation of the petition) before he or she is required to depart the United States.

For denied cases the 60-day grace period does not apply to an F-1 student whose accompanying change of status request is denied due to the discovery of a status violation, misrepresentation, or fraud.  The student in this situation is not eligible for the automatic cap-gap extension of status or the 60-day grace period.  Similarly, the 60-day grace period and automatic cap-gap extension of status would not apply to the case of a student whose petition was revoked based on a finding of a status violation, fraud or misrepresentation discovered following approval.  In both of these instances, the student would be required to leave the United States immediately.

Travel during Cap-Gap Extension Period

A student granted a cap-gap extension who elects to travel outside the United States during the cap-gap extension period, will not be able to return in F-1 status.  The student will need to apply for an H-1B visa at a consular post abroad prior to returning.  As the H-1B petition is for an October 1 start date, the student should be prepared to adjust his or her travel plans, accordingly.

Unemployment Limits

The 90-day, or 120-day for STEM OPT, limitation on unemployment during the post-completion OPT authorization continues during the cap-gap extension.

STEM OPT Extensions

F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees included on the STEM Designated Degree Program List, are employed by employers enrolled in E-Verify, and who have received an initial grant of post-completion OPT employment authorization related to such a degree, may apply for a 17-month extension of such authorization.  F-1 students may obtain additional information about STEM OPT extensions on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program website atwww.ice.gov/sevis.

Students who are eligible for a cap-gap extension of post-completion OPT employment and F1-status may apply for a STEM OPT extension during the cap-gap extension period.

However, such application may not be made once the cap-gap extension period is terminated (if the H-1B petition is rejected, denied, or revoked), and the student has entered the 60-day departure preparation period.

Start Date Issues

If the students’ OPT end dates are shortened to September 30, even though their H-1B employment would not begin until a later date, the student should contact their DSO.  The DSO may request a data fix in SEVIS by contacting the SEVIS helpdesk.

Changes in Employment

Laid Off/Termination from H-1B employer:  If the student has an approved H-1B petition and change of status, but is laid off/terminated by the H-1B employer before the effective date, and the student has an unexpired EAD issued for post-completion OPT, the student can retrieve any unused OPT. The student will remain in student status and can continue working OPT using the unexpired EAD until the H-1B change of status goes into effect.  The student also needs to make sure that USCIS receives a withdrawal request from the petitioner before the H-1B change of status effective date.  This will prevent the student from changing to H-1B status.  Once the petition has been revoked, the student must provide their DSO with a copy of the USCIS acknowledgement of withdrawal (i.e., the notice of revocation). The DSO may then request a data fix in SEVIS, to prevent the student from being terminated in SEVIS on the H-1B effective date, by contacting the SEVIS helpdesk.

If USCIS does not receive the withdrawal request prior to the H-1B petition change of status effective date, then the student will need to stop working, file a Form I-539 to request reinstatement, and wait until the reinstatement request is approved, before resuming employment.

Student finds a new H-1B job:  The student can continue working with his or her approved EAD while the data fix in SEVIS is pending if the (former) H-1B employer timely withdrew the H-1B petition and the following conditions are true:

  • The student finds employment appropriate to his or her OPT;
  • The period of OPT is unexpired; and
  • The DSO has requested a data fix in SEVIS.

Note: If the student had to file Form I-539 to request reinstatement to F-1 student status, the student may not work or attend classes until the reinstatement is approved.

Pending Request to Change OPT End Date

Working during request: If the H-1B revocation occurs before October 1, the student may continue working past October 1 while the data fix remains pending, because the student will still be in valid F-1 status.

If the H-1B revocation occurs on or after October 1, the student will need to stop working before October 1, apply for reinstatement, and wait until the reinstatement request is approved before resuming employment.

Maintaining Valid F-1 Status:  If the H-1B revocation occurs before the H-1B change of status effective date, the student is still in F-1 status while the data fix is pending.

If the H-1B revocation occurs after the H-1B change of status effective date, the student will not be in valid F-1 status and will therefore either need to apply for reinstatement or depart the United States.

 

From: USCIS

 

B1/B2探亲旅游签证续签攻略  

B1/B2探亲旅游签证续签攻略
B1/B2探亲旅游签证续签攻略 -荣生留学 最新资讯 2015

自从中美签证互惠福利开放以后,申请探亲旅游签证的人是成倍的增加。现在申请探亲旅游签证自然是好处多多,最多10年的签证能够提供很大的自由度,想去就去,不去的话也不用担心签证马上就要过期。今天我们就来讲讲探亲旅游签证的“续签”攻略。

 

续签探亲旅游签证是可以递签的。也就是说,你不用再起个大早去大使馆排两个小时的队面签,只要去当地中信银行递交非常少量的材料就可以完成续签了。

 

递签服务要求的申请人条件如下:

  • 之前获得签证时的年龄必须在14岁(含)以上,且必须采集过指纹。
  • 必须为中国公民或居民。
  • 本人在中国。
  • 申请的都是B类的签证。例如,您之前拥有的是B1/B2签证,而且希望再次申请B1/B2签证。
  • 之前的签证有效,或过期不超过48个月。
  • 如果你的签证注明“已接受过行政审理(clearance received)”,则无法使用代传递服务。
  • 如果包含有效或到期美国签证的护照遗失,则无法使用代传递服务。

 

如果你符合上述所有条件,那么就可以选择签证递签服务。
如果你不符合上述条件,需要再次面签的话,申请步骤和初次申请B1/B2签证的步骤是一模一样的,完全可以参考初次申请B1/B2签证的流程。

 

下面我们来看选择递签方式的B2续签步骤

1.进入https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/网站,填写非移民签证电子申请表DS-160表格。注意,在选择递交申请材料的选项中,必须选择广州,而不是离你最近的使馆城市。如果你在这一步没有填写广州的话,整个表格填完提交后就无法更改了,只能重新填写一次DS-160了。填写表格时一定要再三检查确认所有信息是否正确。还是那个原因:提交后就无法再次更改信息了。
在表格的最后需要提交签证照片的电子版本,注意需要是6个月内拍摄的照片。
确认提交表格后,你会在邮箱里收到一封包含DS-160确认页文件的邮件,请打印出来。

2.进入http://www.ustraveldocs.com/网上申请系统,用你上一次申请签证时的账号密码登陆,选择“新的签证申请/安排面谈时间”。然后系统会出现一系列的问题,回答后系统会自动判断你是否符合递签要求。

3.在回答相关免面谈符合条件的问题后,系统会提示您直接支付签证费。签证费有两种支付方式:网上支付或到中信银行网点支付。如果去网点支付的话,需要打印出付款界面,上面会有CGI Reference Number作为付款凭证号。带上打印出来的凭证和护照,和1008元人民币现金,就可以去任意一家中信银行缴费了。

4.缴费后回到http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ 继续之前的步骤,系统会生成一个文件提交信,打印出来后,在第一部分勾选自己准备好的材料,下方签字填写日期,和其他材料一起准备递交给中信银行。
其他材料包括:
• DS-160电子申请表确认函,
• 签证照片1张,
• 签证费收据
• 护照
和第一次申请B1/B2签证不同,代传递续签是需要交的资料非常非常的简单,不需要再开工作证明、银行流水、甚至提交房产证之类的文件了。

5.去中信银行提交上述材料,递交文件后,中信银行会给你一份收据,上面显示有可以追踪文件处理进度的号码。

6.通常来讲,递签的等待时间大概在2-3周,也可能会更快。当护照可以领取时,你会收到一封包含护照追踪号码的电子邮件。如果签证获得签发,将会贴在你的护照上。

 

需要说明的是,中信银行只负责递交材料,并不能保证签证一定可以续签成功,如果大使馆认为材料不足需要补充,那么还会再联系申请人,约好时间到大使馆面谈,或者补充材料。

 

祝大家好运,顺利拿到10年签证!