F-1 Visa

ICE Notice to Former Tri-Valley University Students

Attention Former Tri-Valley University Students

If you were formerly enrolled as an F-1 student at TVU and have been terminated in SEVIS, please note the following.

SEVP terminated the records of all F-1 students enrolled at TVU as of January 18, 2011. You should call SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400. This number will be staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST), seven days a week. At other times you may leave a telephone number at which SEVP will return your call the next day.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

Guidance on F-1 Transfers from Tri-Valley University

To: All SEVIS Users
Date: February 7, 2011
Re: Consideration of Former F-1 Students from Tri-Valley University for Enrollment
Number: 1101-02

On January 18, 2011, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) either cancelled or terminated all initial, active and transfer-in student records associated with Tri-Valley University (TVU) in Pleasanton, California.
Students enrolled at TVU and those who entered the United States but have not enrolled at TVU are unable to maintain F-1 status.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase According to P.L. 111-230


On August 13, 2010, President Obama signed Public Law 111-230, which contains provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees.  The following Questions and Answers provide public guidance concerning the additional fees.

Questions and Answers

Q1. What is Public Law 111-230? 
A1. Signed by President Obama on August 13, 2010, Public Law 111-230 requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS Fact Sheet on Relief for Haitian F-1 Students

DHS Offers Temporary Employment Authorization to Certain Haitian F-1 Students Affected By the January 12, 2010 Earthquake 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is suspending certain requirements for employment authorization for Haitian F-1 nonimmigrant students experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Why is DHS taking this action?

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

F-1 COS RFE; No ties with home country; 6 Years of H-1 over

Last week we received an approval for a difficult change of status RFE.  We were retained to respond to an RFE for a client who had no ties to his home country (India).  Six years of his H-1 were over and he was trying to get into F-1 status.  He had been working and studying in Europe before coming to USA on H-1.  We presented the facts of our client's background with complete honesty and sincerity.  No games (which is the way all our cases are presented).  I am glad to report that as has always been my belief, truthful presentation works.

Team Notes: 
Nonimmigrant Visas: 

F-1 Visa

We were approached by the parents of an applicant whose application for an F-1 visa had been denied based on Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (possible immigrant).Normally, we would have not been able to do much.  But in this case, the visa applicant had already visited USA three times in the past and left in time.While it was true that her entire family lived in USA, the fact remained that she had never violated any US laws, despite having an opportunity to do so. We filed for reconsideration.

F-1 visa granted.
Nonimmigrant Visas: 

Guestbook Entry for Sudhir M , United States

Sudhir M
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
United States

We applied in late September; and my case for permanent resident status was approved last week. Mathew Chacko and Heather Crumb took care of all the paperwork and the process and were both extremely helpful, prompt and did a wonderful job. Couldnt have asked for a better service!


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