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NACUANOTES Foreign Faculty in H-1B Status: Understanding the Basics (Nov. 10, 2009)

Comments on above NACUANOTE from Helene Robertson, Director International Student and Scholar Services CUA (and now at Georgetown University)

Please note it is the schools' Designated School Officials of the school where the individual studies who issue I-20s. There is no formal position of "SEVIS officer." Form DS 2019 (certificate of eligiblity for exchange visitor status) may come into play in hiring a foreign scholar as many researchers, professors convert from J-1 status to H-1B. The government grants periods of H-1B status consistent with what the employer requests - up to three years. The employer is in the driver's seat here.

With respect to volunteer work, it is important to remember that wage and hour regulations also apply and that generally people cannot volunteer in a position that is normally a paid position. Disadvantage of the TN is that the TN requires the individual to have non-immigrant intent (which means maintaining ties to Canada or Mexico) and to return to Canada or Mexico. The longer one holds TN status, the more in question that intent can become.

NACUANOTES: Changes to the Alien Worker Labor Certification Process Vol 3, No. 2,
March 24, 2005
The Department of Labor (DOL) is amending its regulations governing the filing and processing of labor certification applications for the permanent employment of aliens in the United States to implement a new system for filing and processing such applications. As of March 28, 2005, labor certifications will be filed directly with the DOL through an automated, on-line system, using the new Form ETA 9089. This is a comprehensive guide by Russell Ford, Esq. Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP.

Religious Visa Applicants

A Short Guide for Religious Visa Applicants and their Religious Institutions
This is a 10 page guide that will assist religious institutions and visa applicants in navigating the various visa categories that will be relevant when applying for visas for any of a number of temporary religious purposes, such as to attend religious meetings or ceremonies, for formation, other training or academic study. This guide is produced by Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., 105 W. Madison, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602, in collaboration with the USCCB and CLINIC, and is posted with the law firm's permission.

Student Issues

NACUANOTES Undocumented Students and The Dream Act: Subsequent Developments and Trends (May 28, 2010)

This NACUANOTE reviews the current status of the applicable law, discusses the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, the proposed legislative solution to the problem that failed to pass in 2007, and subsequent legal developments and trends.

NAFSA Memo: How Can I Prepare for a Contact from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? Excellent four page memo on what DSO's (designated school officials) should do when contacted by ICE for information on visiting students and scholars. 

updated mlo 7/8/10