Monday, September 1, 2014

SEVIS Highlights

WHAT IS THE STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM (SEVP)?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a program within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on nonimmigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students. On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), SEVP manages schools, nonimmigrant students in the F & M visa classifications and their dependents.

The Department of State manages Exchange Visitor Programs, nonimmigrant exchange visitors in the J visa classification and their dependents. Both SEVP and the Department of State use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to track and monitor schools; exchange visitor programs; and F, M and J nonimmigrants while they visit the United States and participate in the U.S. education system.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR INFORMATION SYSTEM (SEVIS)?

SEVIS is the web-based system that DHS uses to maintain information on SEVP-certified schools and the F & M students who come to the United States to attend those schools. SEVIS also maintains information on Department of State-designated exchange visitor program sponsors and J-1 visa exchange visitor program participants. It is a critical tool in SEVP’s mission to protect national security while supporting the legal entry of the more than one million F, M and J nonimmigrants to the United States for education and cultural exchange.

DEFINITIONS
• Nonimmigrants – Person entering the United States to visit, study or work (depending on the type of visa) temporarily but not to stay permanently in the United States.
• F-1 nonimmigrant students – Nonimmigrant status conferred on a student pursuing a full program of study in a college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, private elementary school, other academic school or language training program in the United States that is SEVP-certified to enroll F and/or M students.
• M-1 nonimmigrant students – Nonimmigrant status conferred on a foreign national pursuing a full program of study at an SEVP-certified vocational school or other recognized non-academic school (other than in language training programs).
• J-1 exchange visitors – Foreign national selected by a Department of State-designated program to participate in an exchange visitor program.
• STEM – Science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs of study.

STUDENTS AND EXCHANGE VISITORS
• There are currently 966,333 F & M students studying in the United States.
• There are currently 232,988 J-1 exchange visitors in the United States.
• Twenty-eight percent of all F & M students in the United States originate from China.
• Seventy-five percent of all F & M students in the United States are from Asia.
• When compared to July 2013, the number of active F & M students and exchange visitors increased eight percent to 87,370.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

USCIS Customers Can Select Delivery Service to Receive Certain Documents

From USCIS: USCIS customers, whose petitions or applications are processed at a USCIS Service Center or the National Benefits Center and who wish to receive certain documents by overnight delivery service, must include a valid prepaid air bill or shipping label with their filing. We will use your prepaid air bill or shipping label whenever possible.  This option is ONLY available for receiving the following types of documents from certain USCIS facilities:

USCIS Service Centers OR the National Benefits CenterUSCIS Service Centers Only
  • Advance parole documents (does not include combination Employment Authorization Document/Advance Parole Cards);
  • Re-entry permits; and
  • Refugee travel documents.
  • Approval notices; and
  • Notices of denial.

To ensure your overnight delivery requests are not delayed, please remember to:
  • Include a valid prepaid air bill or shipping label when you submit your application, petition or response to a request for evidence. Providing a prepaid shipping label directly from the delivery service is the best way to avoid delivery errors. You will not need to write in an account number if you use a shipping label.
  • Enter your name in both the “to” and “from” fields on the air bill or shipping label.
  • Never list USCIS as the sender and do not mark “bill to sender.”
  • Pay all delivery costs in advance, and include the prepaid air bill or shipping label with your submission.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Updated Visa Bulletin Predictions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently met again with Charles Oppenheim to discuss the demand and expected movements in various visa bulletin categories.

Charles Oppenheim is the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division within Department of State (DOS).

Please see the important details below as well as notes from another meeting:

EB2 India: This category advanced less than expected i September visa bulletin due to higher demand in EB5, EB1 and EB2 category. Hence the amount of spillovers to EB2 India was less. In addition, demand in EB2 India category has also increased due to (1) new filings and (2)  upgrades from EB3 India to EB2 India category.

Monday, August 25, 2014

USCIS US Citizen I-129F, I-130 & I-485 Processing Statistics As Of May 2014


Please see below latest US Citizen Beneficiary Statistics released by USCIS:

USCIS I-130 - Immediate Relative Category Processing Statistics:


CSC VSC National
All Other Pending 2,950 26,741 276,917
Customer action waiting 6,700 6,003 22,782
Completed 5,011 6,106 52,950
New receipts 803 4,393 46,352

CSC = California Service Center 
VSC = Vermont Service Center 
    
USCIS I-129F Processing Statistics:


CSC VSC National
All Other Pending 2,434 799 16,237
Customer action waiting 2,137 98 2,672
Completed 1,948 83 3,062
New receipts 1,798 83 4,038

USCIS I-485 Processing Statistics: 

Friday, August 22, 2014

USCIS FB I-485 & I-130 Processing Statistics As Of May 2014

Please see below latest FB (family based) statistics released by USCIS:

USCIS I-130 - Preference Category Processing Statistics


 CSC VSC NSC National
All Other Pending 134 8,586 952 10,657
Pending but adjudication deferred 360,276 134,013 3,943 502,358
Customer action waiting 14,542 3,178 276 18,084
Completed 17,039 2,216 966 20,930
New receipts 17,097 4,319 652 22,208

Volume in Texas Service Center (TSC) is currently low.

CSC = California Service Center
VSC = Vermont Service Center
NSC = Nebraska Service Center
 
USCIS FB I-485 Processing Statistics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

USCIS EB I-140 and I-485 Processing Statistics As Of May 2014


USCIS EB I-140 Processing Statistics 


 TSC NSC National
Pending 13,325 10,092 23,474
Customer Action Wait 1,050 1,044 2,094
Completed 4,281 2,950 7,232
New Receipt 4,602 3,394 7,996

The volume of cases in pending and new receipts categories increased at both NSC and TSC in the last one month.

USCIS EB I-485 Processing Statistics

Saturday, August 16, 2014

October 2014 Visa Bulletin Predictions

For September 2014 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2014/08/september-2014-visa-bulletin.html

Please see October 2014 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based):

Quick Summary:

Please Note: These numbers no longer include the 10,000 additional unused visas from FB category to EB category.These would be used up by September 2014 visa bulletin.

Family Based:

Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 22MAY07 22MAY07 22MAY07 01JUL94 08SEP04
F2A 08FEB13 08FEB13 08FEB13 01JUN12 08FEB13
F2B 01OCT07 01OCT07 01OCT07 22JUN94 01JAN04
F3 01DEC03 01DEC03 01DEC03 01NOV93 08JUN93
F4 15JAN02 15JAN02 15JAN02 08FEB97 22APR91

Employment Based: