Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PIER Newsletter July 8, 2015

In This Issue:


  • Announcements
             PIER Announcements

  • Job Postings


  • PIER Announcements


2015 NAFSA Region XII Conference

Save the date for the 2015 NAFSA Region XII Conference in Honolulu, to be held at Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel and Resort in Waikiki. Hotel registration is now open. Conference registration will open on August 1, 2015. It is recommend that you book your hotel early to take advantage of the discounted rate. These rates will be in effect for NAFSA Region XII conference participants five days before the conference and five days after the conference, and there are a limited number available for these rates so book your rooms. Please go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/1024NAFSA2015 to book your rooms.

Resort View
$215.00
Ocean View
$245.00

or you can also call in by phone to make your reservation:
Number to call: 808-949-4321 ask for group reservation
Group code: AVA

PLEASE BE SURE TO MENTION THE GROUP CODE WHEN CALLING IN TO MAKE A RESERVATION.

Are you looking for a roommate for the upcoming 2015 NAFSA Region XII Conference?

Susan Sermeno, International Student Advisor at JFK University and 17 year member of the Bay Area PIER group is looking for a roommate for the NAFSA Region XII Regional Conference in Hawaii. She has a room booked at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel and Resort in Waikiki for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night of the conference at $215/night with two double beds and is interested in finding a female roommate to share the room costs. If you may be interested, please contact Susan Sermeno at: ssermeno@jfku.edu.

NAFSA Region XII Southern District

There will be a Southern California District one-day mini conference on Friday, August 14th, 2015 from 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at California State University, Long Beach. Please see the flyer. Visit the Conference Website for on-going updates & program details. Register for the Conference online, & send any questions to region12south@gmail.com.

Job Postings

UC San Diego is seeking an International Student Advisor
Will provide high level advice and counsel to more than 6,000 international undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students and their dependents on a broad spectrum of complex and sensitive immigration, visa, employment, academic, enrollment, financial, emergency/crisis intervention, health, and adjustment issues. Other responsibilities include analyzing, interpreting, and explaining complex US federal immigration, labor regulations, and campus policies to UC San Diego international students, academic departments, and campus units.
The Advisor will direct students and their dependents in the preparation of successful visa applications, employment authorization, travel and reentry into the USA, Social Security numbers, driver licenses, and any other requirements from the beginning of an academic program to 1-3 years after graduation. In addition, the Advisor serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for all University F-1 and J-1 student documents; prepares immigration documents required for F-1 and J-1 visa status; serves as a liaison with various US government agencies; and ensures compliance with all federally mandated reporting requirements.
The Advisor is also responsible for coordinating specialized retention programs for international undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of yield, recruitment, pre-arrival, transition, orientation, first-year experience, career planning and employment authorization, English language and academic support, health and well-being, cultural and social integration, emergency loan/scholarship, and intercultural training programs. Lastly, the Advisor will have liaison duties with the Six Colleges, academic departments, and campus units:
International Student Advisor
University of California San Diego
Application Deadline: 7/9/2015
Apply at: http://jobs.ucsd.edu/bulletin/job.aspx?cat=student&sortby=post&jobnum_in=76956

Director, American Language and Culture Institute, Cal State San Marcos San Marcos Campus (North County San Diego) We are looking for an innovative/dynamic leader to grow our English language program offerings and to share their experience with a dynamic team of faculty and staff. Salary range is $75,000 to $85,000 per year based on prior work experience. Prior ESL teaching and management experience referred. CSUSM is dedicated to a "working environment that connects priorities, plans, budgets and rewards", that embraces diversity and commitment. We are a growing and maturing campus and we are committed to making your involvement with CSUSM fulfilling. Details of the position can be found at http://www.csusm.edu/jobs.htm Position Number 1985. We hope you will take this opportunity to view this position on our website and apply for this position to meet your career goals and aspirations.
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PIER Board
Chair - Kasey McCarthy, Gemological Institute of America Kasey.McCarthy@gia.edu
Chair-Elect – Eric Abutin, National University eabutin@nu.edu
Treasurer - Martha Delgadillo, EC San Diego MarthaDelgadillo@ecenglish.com
Membership Coordinator - LyKai Johnson, EC San Diego lykaijohnson@ecenglish.com
Communications Coordinator – John Akapito, National University jakapito@nu.edu

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PIER Newsletter : June 24, 2015

In This Issue:
Announcements
PIER Chair Announcements
PIER Announcement

PIER Chair Announcements

Dear PIER Members,

It was a pleasure seeing you at the PIER meeting June 17 at the University of San Diego. PIER will distribute the meeting minutes within a month of the meeting date, thank you for your patience. Below are some important updates.

Visa Systems Issue
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. Applicants should refer to the most up to date information on the U.S. Consulate website. Schools report that the DOS is sending applicants with pending visa issuance an email explaining the current situation and their options. You can find the notice here http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/news/technological-systems-issue.html.

USCIS Updates
USCIS discontinues Electronic form I-539, form I-526 and regional center document library. On June 15, 2015, USCIS stopped accepting electronically filed Forms I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and Forms I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. USCIS also discontinued the Regional Center Document Library.
You can find the notice here http://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-discontinues-electronic-form-i-539-form-i-526-and-regional-center-document-library.

SEVP Updates
1. Starting, June 12, 2015, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) changed the time frame for when it accepts a designated school official’s (DSO) “Requests for Correction to Student Status.” Now, DSOs can submit a request to change an F-1 student’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record to Active up to 60 days in advance of the student’s return from a temporary absence. Previously, DSOs could only request to change the student’s record up to 30 days prior to the student’s return. You can find the notice here http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2015/06/schools-new-time-frame-to-request-corrections-to-student-statuses-in-sevis.
2. SEVIS will be unavailable beginning 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 26 through 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 28. The SEVP Study in the States website has full details http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2015/06/be-prepared-for-the-june-26-sevis-outage.
3. The format for the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” will change on June 26. This redesigned Form I-20 is part of the larger Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Release 6.21. For full details visit http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2015/06/coming-soon-a-redesigned-form-i-20 .

PIER Announcement
NAFSA Region XII
This year, NAFSA Region XII will be held in Hawaii. Although the team is still working on the sessions, hotel registration is open now. Please see the following message from Brian Groves, Region XII chair (2015):
Hotel Registration Open

This is a reminder that you can now start booking your hotel at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel and Resort in Waikiki. We recommend that you book your hotel early to take advantage of the discounted rate. These rates will be in effect for NAFSA Region XII conference participants five days before the conference and five days after the conference, and we have a limited number available for these rates so book your rooms Please go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/1024NAFSA2015 to book your rooms.
Resort View
$215.00
Ocean View
$245.00
or you can also call in by phone to make your reservation:
Number to call: 808-949-4321 ask for group reservation
Group code: AVA

PLEASE BE SURE TO MENTION THE GROUP CODE WHEN CALLING IN TO MAKE A RESERVATION.

NAFSA Region XII Southern District
There will be a Southern California District one-day mini conference on Friday, August 14th, 2015 from 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at California State University, Long Beach. You may now register for the conference. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/SoCalMiniConference2015
Or email the SoCal District Team at region12south@gmail.com
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PIER Board
Chair - Kasey McCarthy, Gemological Institute of America Kasey.McCarthy@gia.edu
Vice - Chair - Yasue O'Neill, Palomar College Yoneill@palomar.edu
Treasurer - Martha Delgadillo, EC San Diego MarthaDelgadillo@ecenglish.com
Membership Coordinator - LyKai Johnson, EC San Diego lykaijohnson@ecenglish.com
Secretary - Eric Abutin, National University eabutin@nu.edu
Web Coordinator - Cadence Ellis, National University cellis@nu.edu

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