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JHU’s Office of International Services (OIS) will be holding information sessions this week on the various Executive Orders promulgated last week by President Donald Trump.   They will be held as follows:

Campus

Date and Time

Location

East Baltimore

Wednesday, Feb. 1

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wood Basic Science Building, West Lecture Hall 

Homewood

Wednesday, Feb. 1

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mason Hall Auditorium

Washington, DC

Thursday, Feb. 2

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nitze Building, Room 517

Harbor East

Friday, Feb. 3

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Room 203/204

Peabody

Friday, Feb. 3

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Conservatory Building, Room 206C

 

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to read the statement by President Daniels and Provost Kumar on these recent events.  http://hub.jhu.edu/2017/01/29/refugee-ban-trump-executive-order-hopkins/

 

Please consider joining us at one of our Information Sessions.

*IMPORTANT* Updates on Office of International Services Schedules for Office Hours and Advising

Please be aware that all JHU offices, including OIS, will be closed on Friday December 23; Monday, December 26; Friday, December 30; and Monday, January 2 in observance of the holidays.  All locations will also be closed the afternoon of Friday, January 6.   OIS will also have the following adjustments for various locations as noted below.

OIS @ Medical Institutions:   There will be no walk-in advising hours at this location between Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2.   Advisors will be available during office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for travel signatures only December 19-22 and December 27-29.  Walk-in advising at this location will resume normal hours beginning Tuesday, January 3.

OIS @ Homewood:  This location will be adjusting its office schedule to be closed between 12:00 and 1:00 pm on JHU workdays between December 27 and January 6. 

OIS @ DC:  Due to construction on the Bernstein Offit Building, this location will be moving temporarily to the Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. Olivia Kilbride, OIS advisor, will be in the SAIS Student Services Suite on 3rd floor and Noppadon Moapichai, Director of DC Operations will be in Room 403.   Advisors will be available during the office hours (9.00 am to 5.00 pm) for travel signatures only December 19-22. There will be no advising hours between December 27-29. Walk-in advising at this location will resume normal hours beginning Tuesday, January 3.

OIS @ Harbor East:  OIS has moved. We can now be found on the 5th floor, at the opposite end of the hallway from the Student Commons area. We also have new office hours – Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Our advising location is in a locked area, so please see the receptionist at the entry area and indicate that you are there to see someone at OIS.   Due to the winter break, there will be no advising at Carey between December 27 and January 20.

OIS @ Peabody:   Due to the winter break, there will be no advising at Peabody between December 19 and January 12. We will resume our regular Friday advising schedule on Friday, January 13.

On October 24 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a final rule that will increase the fees for most immigration applications and petitions.  The new fees go into effect on December 23.  

Some of the fees to be increased include:

  • I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker increasing from $325 to $460
  • I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status increasing from $290 to $370
  • I-765 Application for Employment Authorization increasing from $380 to $410

 For the full announcement, see the USCIS website.  

Foreign nationals who need to apply for an H or L visa in India currently face visa appointment wait times of 75 to more than 115 days at the U.S. consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi.  The appointment backlog is likely to delay U.S. employment start dates and reentry to the United States, unless applicants are able to secure a visa appointment at another consulate.  Backlogs are likely to increase as the October 1 start date for FY 2017 H-1B cap employment nears.

Demand for U.S. visas has increased over the last several months, but there has been no increase in consular staff at the U.S. mission to India, leading to the current backlog. 

Source: Fragomen Worldwide

Between June and August 2016, the U.S. consulate in Toronto will suspend nonimmigrant visa appointments for third-country nationals (TCN) other than those residing in Canada, a consular official has confirmed.  Although a limited number of summer TCN appointments in Toronto remain, these are expected to be exhausted quickly. Emergency appointments may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Foreign nationals who have already scheduled a nonimmigrant visa appointment in Toronto should be able to appear as scheduled. 

Toronto is currently the only U.S. consulate in Canada that has announced plans to suspend TCN processing this summer. The embassy in Ottawa and the consulates in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver intend to keep appointments open for TCNs, though, as in years past, they could impose a suspension at a later date if appointment wait times lengthen for Canadian residents. 

What This Means for Foreign Nationals 

The suspension will primarily affect U.S.-based foreign nationals who wish to renew a nonimmigrant visa in Toronto rather than travel significant distances to their home countries to process visa renewals. 

Third-country nationals who want to visa process in Canada but have not yet scheduled an appointment may wish to check other consular posts for availability. Appointments should be scheduled as soon as possible given the possibility of further TCN suspensions at U.S. consulates in Canada.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide