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29 June 2016

USCIS Supports International Education

USCIS plays a key role in helping the United States remain what the Institute of International Education calls "the destination of choice in higher education." So it was not surprising when more than 1,100 educators crowded into one of the sessions we presented at the recent annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Denver.

Above: Amber Vasek and Quintion Eaton staffing USCIS’ booth at the NAFSA conference.
 
The session, titled “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Current Issues,” provided college administrators and designated school officials with updates on processing times and workload transfers at our service centers. They also got an overview of the new STEM OPT rule and our latest customer service tools.
 
The speakers included Cheryl Afflerbach, student portfolio manager for Service Center Operations; Bertha Anderson, student portfolio manager for the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate; and Quintion Eaton, an analyst from SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements). Another speaker was Allison Posner, chief of casework at the CIS Ombudsman’s Office, which is separate from USCIS.

Above: Amanda Brinlee, Bertha Anderson, Quintion Eaton and Allison Posner during a USCIS session at the conference.

Our colleague Bertha also presented a second session, “IssueNET: Tool for Collaboration,” highlighting areas where USCIS worked with NAFSA to address issues for students holding J-1, F-1 and M-1 visas and who had submitted Form I-765 and Form I-539.

Visitors to our booth at the Colorado Convention Center seemed especially interested in our flash cards for the naturalization test. And speaking of naturalization, we also reminded people about the student provision that allows applicants attending an educational institution away from their home residence to file their Form N-400 where their institution is located. Or they can file it in the state of their home residence, if they are financially dependent upon their parents at the time of filing and during the naturalization process.

To learn more about being an international student in the United States, visit DHS’ Study in the States website and the Department of State’s EducationUSA site.

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