ISSS-BU News 11 June 2012 ISSS-BU News
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Editor’s Note: Employment walk-in appointments are cancelled for Tuesday afternoon, June 12. Walk-in appointments will resume next Tuesday, June 19. If you have employment questions, please call or visit the office to request a personal appointment with a member of the international employment team, or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org Staff in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will be unavailable all day Thursday, June 14, while they attend a planning retreat. The office will be open for visitors to pick up and drop off forms. ISSS staff apologize for any inconvenience. CONTENTS: 1. International Student Health Insurance Rates for 2012-13 2. Changes to Canadian Visitor Entry Visa Processing 3. Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, New York to Close 4. Latest Information on H-1B Cap Filings 1. International Student Health Insurance Rates for 2012-13 The State University of New York has announced health insurance rates for international students for the 2012-13 academic year. There is good news, as with one exception, student rates will be unchanged for the next academic year. The one change is to the medical evacuation/repatriation policy that is traditionally purchased by funded graduate students. The cost of that policy has a modest increase, to $43.80 per semester. Last year, the cost was $42.60 per semester. Health insurance rates are posted at this link: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/healthrate.html 2. Changes to Canadian Visitor Entry Visa Processing The Visa and Immigration Section at the Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo, New York has stopped accepting applications for entry visas (visitor visas) for foreign nationals. Visa services have now been transferred across the North American processing network; at the Canadian Consulates in Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, Washington, D.C., or New York City. See the announcement at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/notice-buffalo.asp If you are not an American or permanent resident of the U.S., but you live in the U.S., and are a national of a country whose citizens require a visa to enter Canada please note that new visitor visa applications can be submitted to the visa offices in Los Angeles
, Washington, D.C.
, or New York
. Visitor visa applications that have already been submitted to the office in Buffalo will be processed to completion. Applicants are not required to re-apply and will be contacted once a final decision has been made on their application. Also, it’s important to note that “same day” visa services are no longer available. If you visit the Canadian Consulate in New York City with your visa application, it will be accepted but it may take as long as 30 days for the visa to be returned to you. See the link to New York City processing times here
. See the link for information on how to apply for a Canadian Entry (visitor’s) visa by mail or in person here
. 3. Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, New York to Close The Canadian Consulate in Buffalo has announced that it will close on August 27, 2012. Immigration Services at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo will end on June 29, 2012. The Canadian Consulate in New York City will continue to be open to provide both citizen and consular services. The ISSS is in the process of updating its information on Canadian Visa Processing. 4. Latest Information on H-1B Cap Filings As ISSS-BU News was being prepared for publication, the most recent H-1B visa update was on Friday, June 1, 2012. As of June 1, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received 55,600 against the 65,000 H-1B regular cap numbers, and 18,700 against the 20,000 H-1B Master's cap numbers. In one week, approximately 8,400 H-1B petitions were receipted by USCIS. With the rush to capture one of the H-1B numbers, the limit is expected to be reached very soon. USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 H-1B petitions. The current update can be found on the USCIS’ Web site at www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count
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