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February 2022 BA-PIER Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Vaolele Stawiarski
11:46
Aloha from Dominican University of CA!
Ruth Kirby
12:00
Hello everyone!
Monica Sinha
12:16
Hello everyone!
Jody O'Connor
12:28
Hi everyone, from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco!
Sara Proctor she/her
12:48
Hello from DVC
Annie Yu
12:59
Hello, this is Annie from Peralta Community Colleges
Allison Largent
13:06
Hi from De Anza College!
Motoko Nakazawa-Hewitt
13:08
Hello, Counselor at Cabrillo College.
Jessica Nguyen
13:39
Hello from Menlo College!
Karla David
13:43
Hello from PCCD!
Nancy Rubio
14:06
Hello from Golden Gate University!
Jessie Dhamrait
14:50
Hello from San Francisco Bay University
Stephanie Gross
32:44
We very slightly went up from last quarter
Mei Cooley (she/her)
35:30
My school has a small F-1 population so I had a "mandatory check-in" so our F-1 students could meet in person and get to know each other. I offered boxed lunch.
Renee Savage
35:32
Capacity is definitely at max :) But we’ve had great turnout/engagement at our Zoom orientations and have also developed a Canvas page (online resource hub) for students inside and outside the US.
Remi Harada
36:50
Wooo, Renee, the canvas online resource hub sounds interesting to do. I might want to see it if you're able to share. We've been trying to think of ways to engage those abroad
Renee Savage
37:39
Yes! Thanks @Remi :) @Sara Proctor was the champion of that effort! Happy to share with you.
Remi Harada
38:29
Yay!! I'll email you so that I can plan a time to see it :)
Stephanie Gross
39:44
Yes, you can! :)
Renee Savage
43:09
Contra Costa Community College District is upholding an indoor mask mandate as well.
Ashley Machado
43:27
Saint Mary’s College of California is as well
Annie Liu
44:55
How about annual membership fee by the school/district?
Ashley Machado
47:20
Becky - I would recommend reaching out to your business department faculty. I’m sure they could help guide on how to create a non-profit.
Mei Cooley (she/her)
54:52
I did the same as Ashley and Julie (create a USCIS account and went through online I-765)
Sean Day
54:56
Help from NAFSA... OPT: Understanding the Application and Troubleshooting Process (Best Practices) from Joshua Davis, Michelle Massey, and Nusha Shishegar. https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/optional-practical-training-understanding-application-and-troubleshooting-processes?login=success(must be a NAFSA member to login)
Becky Petrow
55:09
Also this: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/outreach-engagements/USCIS_Online_Filing_Webinar_Form_I-765_Application_for_Employment_Authorization_for_F-1_Students_Seeking_OPT.pdf
Renee Savage
56:25
Totally agree with you on the user friendliness of the online system @Ashley! I typically have students create their USCIS account and fill out as much as they can on their own, then we meet for advising and review before they submit. I wait to provide them with the I20 until I’ve reviewed their application and documents.
Stephanie Gross
57:00
We currently have 7 OPT students, 1-2 pending so not many. My students are only doing online apps and no issues yet.I have them fill out the majority of the application on their own and then meet with me (virtually and share their screens) to review the app before creating the I-20 and submitting.
Renee Savage
57:28
Same, haven’t had any biometrics
Terry Eppley
58:03
our student was approved in 10 days after filing online
Stephanie Gross
58:13
Yeah, we've had students approved really fast too
Renee Savage
58:14
Yes seems faster for sure!
Becky Petrow
59:20
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html
Renee Savage
01:02:39
Yes and yes. We offer Certificate degrees. As long as the student has been in F1 status for one academic year and earns the degree, we will support their OPT application when the graduate.
Renee Savage
01:05:02
It seems to be taking our COS applicants 1-2 years. We have about 50…
Kristi Radke
01:07:52
We have a deferral request form that we require students fill out
Sean Day
01:07:53
@Becky... we just require a written statement saying "I wish to defer my admission to xx semester" and request an updated bank statement (if more than 6 months).
Renee Savage
01:07:54
We created a process to manage the I20 deferral while COS case is pending. We don’t require a new app, but we have them submit an agreement form stating they understand it’s their responsibility to contact us each term to request deferral.
Becky Petrow
01:19:54
Let us know if you have any questions for Tiffany. You can send them directly to me, Remi or Julie.
Becky Petrow
01:32:51
I have the same thing, a student from 2007 too, Maybe it was the same adjudicator haha
Mei Cooley (she/her)
01:36:00
I also have the same thing - from 2003! I often wonder how those students have been doing.
Terry Eppley
01:36:29
We have 5 going back years including 1999. We tried to remove one and the RFE was impossible. We just let them live in alerts.
Becky Petrow
01:40:17
@Stephanie have these students provided a U.S. address in their student portal or anything?
Renee Savage
01:41:04
Account holds are often helpful
Mei Cooley (she/her)
01:41:38
Thank you Tiffany! It is wonderful to see you!
Stephanie Gross
01:41:39
We have the students log back into their applications and fill out a form to add their US addresses
Ashley Machado
01:42:04
Thank you!!
Nancy Rubio
01:42:09
Thank you Tiffany and BA-PIER for organizing this! It's been very helpful!
Ruth Kirby
01:42:12
Thank you!
Renee Savage
01:43:59
Re-entry seems like a good option still, much faster. It was tough during the thick of the pandemic however. Students did not want to pursue that option.
Sean Day
01:45:28
Canada, Australia? LOL
Annie Yu
01:46:52
I refer students to the Travel States site: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-denials.html
Becky Petrow
01:47:10
That's great thanks Annie!
Alla Markevitch
01:47:41
at EVC we are doing the same, trying to send useful YouTube videos (few really good ones)
Jessica Nguyen
01:48:00
Thank you!
Remi Harada
01:50:08
I've also heard if students have travelled abroad and have received tourist visas also help in getting visa. Don't know if this is true but I remember hearing this to show that the student has the $ and plan to return home.
Alla Markevitch
01:51:59
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YMANidBj6U
Becky Petrow
01:52:11
Thanks Alla!
Alla Markevitch
01:52:48
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7wbxo3N53g
Alla Markevitch
01:54:46
That one is new,
Alla Markevitch
01:54:49
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekhzC4iYVdU
Jessica Nguyen
01:58:34
Thank you so much!
Renee Savage
01:59:23
Thanks!
Allison Largent
01:59:27
Is Tableau free?
Alla Markevitch
01:59:28
That is wonderful tool!
Alla Markevitch
01:59:36
nice
Allison Largent
01:59:39
Thank you!
Alla Markevitch
02:00:38
Thank you Becky
Sean Day
02:01:40
not work related... but if you hooked on playing Wordle like I am... try https://globle-game.com/ It's great for world geography!
Remi Harada
02:02:02
hahah
Remi Harada
02:02:38
Wordle was created by a U of Oregon graduate :) Go Ducks!!
Jessica Nguyen
02:02:42
Wordle https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html
Ruth Kirby
02:03:34
Bye!
Renee Savage
02:03:36
Thank you! Take care everyone! :)
Annie Yu
02:03:38
Thanks for organizing!
Monica Sinha
02:03:47
Great seeing everyone! Bye!!
Motoko Nakazawa-Hewitt
02:03:52
Thank you!
Jessica Nguyen
02:03:54
Bye!
Sean Day
02:03:54
Thank you!
Mei Cooley (she/her)
02:04:03
Thank you Becky!
Alla Markevitch
02:04:10
Thank you Becky
Jessie Dhamrait
02:04:10
Thanks Becky
Stephanie Gross
02:04:10
Thank you!!!
Allison Largent
02:04:14
Thank you!
Alla Markevitch
02:04:14
Thank you everybody