Friday, October 6, 2017

NEWSLETTER - October 6, 2017

Dear PIER Members,

We look forward to seeing many of you at our next PIER meeting on October 19, 2017 with government representatives. This is an opportunity for you to meet representatives from our local CBP, ICE, SEVP and Department of State office.  Thank you to our members who have submitted questions.

Next PIER Meeting
Thursday, October 19, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Building
880 Front Street, Room 6273
San Diego, CA  92101

The confirmed panelists are as follows:

Madeline Kristoff 
Community Relations Officer 
District 24 – San Diego and Imperial | U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Cassie Hero
Field Representative – San Diego (12)
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Sandra H. Raynes
Deputy Non-Immigrant Visa Chief Consul Para Visas
Consulado General de los Estados Unidos en México | US Consulate General | Tijuana, BC

Gustavo Banuelos
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer

There will also be Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) present as well as an officer from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). 

·        Valid/current photo ID is required for entrance into a Federal facility.
·        Paid parking is available in nearby parking garages for a fee of about $10.00.
·        Please note that  food or beverages are not allowed inside the meeting room (except for water).

PIER Membership
If you have not yet registered to become a member for the 2017-2018 school year, you still have time. Please click on this link to fill out the 2017-2018 membership application at: The membership is per person, not institution.

PIER offers three options to pay your membership dues.
1. PAYPAL: (You will receive an email from PayPal with full instructions, a PayPal account is  
not necessary to make payment).
2. CREDIT CARD: Pay in person at the October 19, 2017 or December 1, 2017 meeting.
3. CHECK: Make checks payable to PIER. Mail checks to PIER treasurer:

Vanessa Fennell
1111 6th Avenue, 6th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

Payment is due no later than December 1, 2017. PIER charges a $5.00 late fee for dues received after December 1, 2017. Thank you for your understanding. The PIER membership for 2017-2018 ends June 30, 2018. We look forward to having you as a PIER member.

USCIS Invitation: Stakeholder Engagement on Revised Form I-765

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) invite you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern), to discuss the revised USCIS Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. As of Oct. 2, 2017, Form I-765 applicants will have the option to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) at the same time they apply for employment authorization or for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). SSA estimates this will reduce visits to their offices by almost 400,000 annually.

During this session, representatives from USCIS and SSA will review the updates made to the form, provide an overview of the process of obtaining a SSN, and answer your questions.

To register, please follow these steps:
· Visit our registration page.
· Enter your email address and select "Submit."
· Select "Subscriber Preferences."
· Select the "Event Registration" tab.
· Provide your full name and organization, if any.
· Complete the questions and select "Submit."

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at

NAFSA Region XII Conference – October 23-27, 2017 (Sacramento, California)

Start making plans now to attend the conference.  See the registration FAQ's for more information about registration fees, housing information, and pre-conference workshops.

Full Conference Schedule:

Call for Volunteers at the NAFSA Region XII Annual Conference

Would you like to become more involved in NAFSA Region XII? Volunteering is a great way to network while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the conference and learning about various regional leadership positions. Contact Stephanie Shaker Sullivan at

PIER Meetings

Please save the date for our next regular” PIER meeting on Friday, December 1st, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm at National University.  We are in the process of planning our meeting dates and locations for 2017-2018.  Please go to our website for the most up to date information with locations, dates and agendas. As soon as dates and locations are available, we will post in the PIER website calendar.

We are currently looking for institutions to host our February, April, and June meetings.  If your school is interested in hosting a PIER meeting, please email us and we can work with you on dates and times.

Do you have an item or job posting you would like to post in the PIER newsletter that is valuable to PIER members? Please email with your inquiry. Thank you. The PIER Board reserves the right to edit content.

PIER Board

Chair – Rhona Reyes, University of San Diego
Chair-Elect Lucas Olson, San Diego State University
Treasurer Vanessa Fennell, Stafford House San Diego
Membership Coordinator Mia Scavone, Mira Costa College
Communications Coordinator Cadence Ellis, National University