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ISSS-BU News 16 July 2012 ISSS-BU News


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CONTENTS:
1. No Employment Walk-In Hours on Tuesday, July 17
2. The ISSS Has Changed Its Office Hours
3. Inviting Family Members and Relatives to Visit You in the United States

1. No Employment Walk-In Hours on Tuesday, July 17
Due to staff unavailability, the Employment Walk-In Hours normally held from 1:30pm to 3:15pm on Tuesdays are cancelled for Tuesday, July 17. Walk in hours will resume on Tuesday, July 24. Individual appointment times for your employment questions may be scheduled by calling or visiting the ISSS.

2. The ISSS Has Changed Its Office Hours
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has changed its office hours. The major change is that our late opening day moves from Thursday to Wednesday. So for the summer, here are the new hours for ISSS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am to 3:45pm
Wednesday: 11:30am to 3:45pm

On August 27, the ISSS returns to academic year office hours, which will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 11:30am to 4:30pm

3. Inviting Family Members and Relatives to Visit You in the United States
Many BU international students and scholars are fortunate to have family members or relatives who are able to make a visit to the United States. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services prepares “Letters of Invitation” for family members (such as parents, brothers and sisters, and other relatives) as well as friends, who may be applying for visitor visas. Typically, a visitor’s visa will allow for up to a six-month visit in the United States. Those entering under the visa waiver program are limited to a 90-day visit. Letters of invitation are very useful for visa interviews and U.S. port of entry immigration inspections. Such letters may be requested on-line at:
http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LOI/start.aspx

Allow 3-5 business days for processing.

The U.S. Department of State provides detailed information on requirements for the visitor’s visa at this link:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html

The U.S Department of State provides information on wait times for U.S. visa appointments at all U.S. visa posts world-wide at this link:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html

Spouses and children of international students and scholars generally apply for F-2 or J-2 dependent visas, which allows them to stay until the student or scholar completes his or her program.
For more information, please visit the ISSS or send an email message to isss@binghamton.edu

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