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December 2020 BA-PIER Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Drew Gephart
35:53
Has SEVP Portal considered adding supervisor information as an option for students to enter when reporting their own employment?
Drew Gephart
37:56
DSOs already do have this option in SEVIS to add already, but students do not
Becky Petrow
47:45
Point of clarification: the highlighted questions were submitted after the requested deadline.
Madeline Escorcia
49:17
Immigration guidance state students in their last registration period have to report in-person/hybrid. In the event of a covid related campus closures or a travel restriction coming back to the US, is this in-person requirement for seniors still valid?
Terry Eppley
50:16
Can F1 students participate in GIS courses?
Chikako Walker
50:55
Can COS students start with fully online program?
Chikako Walker
51:38
USCIS seems to be asking for that information from COS students
Terry Eppley
51:54
Yes to GIS question
Terry Eppley
52:26
it is Geographical Information System
Alla Markevitch
57:36
Can a consulate which issues F-1 visa in another country access the school information re teaching modality?
Marta Sternal
58:14
I submitted recertification and update together on 10/26 and received approval for both within 4 weeks.
Chanelle Trowbridge
59:32
As a follow up to the 5-month rule question: if a F1 student was in Active status early this year and then decided to exit the U.S., due to the pandemic, and continue their studies from their home country through the end of the academic year, will they need to get a new I-20 prior to re-entering the country?
Ryan Griffith
01:00:53
Yes!
Ryan Griffith
01:02:41
Understood! Thank you.
Ryan Griffith
01:04:14
The latter scenario was exactly the impetus for the question.
Madeline Escorcia
01:05:31
Great, Thank you!
Terry Eppley
01:06:03
Yes, thank you
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
01:07:40
What if they are on J1 visa
Chanelle Trowbridge
01:13:58
Yes, thanks that answers my question. We did not terminate the I-20 record so the student is still Active
Chikako Walker
01:15:06
Yes
Mei (she, her) Cooley
01:16:17
Thank you very much Tiffany!!
Madeline Escorcia
01:16:22
Thank you!!!!
Chikako Walker
01:16:24
Thank you so much, Tiffany!
Carmen Anselmo
01:16:29
Thank you Tiffany!
Vaolele Stawiarski
01:16:33
Mahalo, Tiffany!
Maria Tcha
01:16:43
congrats!!!!!!
Ryan Griffith
01:16:43
\0/
Carmen Anselmo
01:16:44
Congratulations!!!
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
01:16:44
Congratulations!!!!
Remi Harada
01:16:47
congratulations Tiffany!!!!!
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
01:16:48
Congratulations Tiffany!!!
Chikako Walker
01:16:49
Wow, congrats, Tiffany!
Mei (she, her) Cooley
01:16:51
Congratulations!!!
Marta Sternal
01:16:52
congrats Tiffany!
Madeline Escorcia
01:16:53
Congratulations!
Kathryn Kohut
01:16:57
congratulations! that’s so exciting!
Ann
01:17:00
congratulations
Marcella Pitcher DeProto
01:17:01
congrats!
Allison Largent
01:17:03
Congratulations!!!!
Jessie Dhamrait
01:17:11
Congratulations Tiffany
Monica Sinha
01:17:18
Congrats, Tiffany!
Yuri Goda (she/her/hers)
01:17:20
congratulations! Tiffany!
Teresa Tope
01:17:23
A big congratulation to Tiffany!!
Kathryn Kohut
01:17:24
enjoy your time off!
Chikako Walker
01:17:36
Yes!
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
01:17:45
Thanks for all your help Tiffany!
Paul Choi
01:17:55
Congratulation!!!
Remi Harada
01:21:22
It's been fun position :)
Remi Harada
01:22:57
https://www.bapier.com/officers.htm
Remi Harada
01:23:04
contact info for all of us :)
Kathy Harrington
01:25:32
Is anyone seeing a delay in social security card issuance?
Madeline Escorcia
01:26:13
no delays in SF, had one issued in 2 weeks..
Allison Largent
01:26:17
It’s been taking our students 3-6 weeks to get an appointment
Allison Largent
01:26:22
(San Jose)
Terry Eppley
01:26:47
Same for our students in SJ
Renee Savage
01:26:59
Yes, students in East Bay (Walnut Creek office) report delays longer than typical 2 week turnaround time
Maria Tcha
01:28:14
Did any of your students apply to OPT with the 10/2/2020 I-765 application and receive a rejection
Ann
01:28:31
yes
Ryan Griffith
01:28:36
yes
Terry Eppley
01:28:41
yes
Maria Tcha
01:28:51
Please us the 8/25/2020 edition
Maria Tcha
01:28:56
use*
Lindsay Arentz
01:31:54
Has anyone given travel guidance on continuing students who are returning to the U.S from China in January? I know the U.S is implementing a two week quarantine upon arrival in to the U.S, but I’m having a hard time finding information on whether or not the student can successfully travel to the U.S directly from China?
Lindsay Arentz
01:33:09
I saw that but didn’t know if it had updated…
Sean Day
01:33:29
Has anyone reported their modality of teaching for the Spring 2021 semester to SEVP or are you waiting for the Spring 2021 guidance. I'm concerned that Tiffany said we may not receive guidance until January, and students will be arriving.
Kathy Harrington
01:33:34
I had an Iranian student travel through Mexico.
Lindsay Arentz
01:33:39
Thank you!
Marta Sternal
01:35:12
Do you provide a letter or statement in remarks on I-20 to new initial students to present to CBP at the port of entry? If so, what do you put into the remarks?
Sean Day
01:35:27
Thank you Becky!
Jessie Dhamrait
01:36:13
Yes we are providing
Marcella Pitcher DeProto
01:36:35
USF is providing a letter for travel
Sean Day
01:36:37
I'm doing a statement on the I-20 and writing a letter. Can't hurt.
Ann
01:37:03
remark on the I-20
Joseph Ng
01:37:06
Remarks on I-20 at De Anza as well.
Lindsay Arentz
01:37:07
We are doing a letter
Chanelle Trowbridge
01:37:22
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/
Terry Eppley
01:37:44
Brazil is not giving appointments
Marcella Pitcher DeProto
01:39:09
Here is the Fragomen summary of the China travel restrictions - easier to digest: https://www.fragomen.com/insights/alerts/coronavirus-update-us-imposes-travel-restrictions-and-quarantines-individuals-traveling-china
Alla Markevitch
01:41:55
yes
Terry Eppley
01:42:00
yes
Jessie Dhamrait
01:42:09
yes
Renee Savage
01:42:28
we just had a full approval of OPT with only 2 months processing time
Renee Savage
01:42:43
So strange!
Maria Tcha
01:42:46
same
Renee Savage
01:42:49
very
Maria Tcha
01:42:51
Really happy for her
Renee Savage
01:42:59
yes :)
Marta Sternal
01:43:15
I had a post-OPT approval in less than a month, it was in Nevada though
Alla Markevitch
01:43:36
There are OPT rejection for the incorrect filing fees
Nancy Rubio
01:43:55
I had an OPT approval in less than a month as well, but, I have OPT receipt delays for more than a month and a half
Jessie Dhamrait
01:44:00
I had a post OPT approval in 2 months
Chikako Walker
01:45:20
If they have a good US address
Marcella Pitcher DeProto
01:45:27
yes, but with a note of caution
Paul Choi
01:46:53
In general, if an OPT is denied, you can submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider (but there is no appeal). I would be happy to help as we have done several. Just reach out to me.
Chikako Walker
01:47:02
Lots of virtual fairs
Ryan Griffith
01:48:39
Encouraging online from home and also utilization of our ed abroad partners.
Sara Oser
01:49:54
Community hour every day 12:40–1:30 with different activities. email me and I will forward soser@marin.edu
Teresa Tope
01:50:22
Collaboration with other colleges is much easier online! Share virtual booths etc...
Ryan Griffith
01:50:33
Lot’s of virtual opportunities through Zoom but experiencing a lot of burn out among students.
Chikako Walker
01:51:07
https://forms.gle/afesf3QvtkoJsYmeA
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
01:51:13
Thanks Chikako!
Chikako Walker
01:53:28
We did virtual food festival! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPPHeuPiGF0&t=8s
Motoko Day
01:54:07
We had a discussion panel with current OPT graduate students during IEW and to our surprise 15 students came which is a lot for us :)
Sean Day
01:54:54
Yea Motoko!
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
01:55:45
Aw cool idea Joell!
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
01:58:12
That’s amazing!
Doriann Tran
01:58:14
way to go, Chigusa!
Stephanie Gross
01:59:16
Love this!
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
01:59:22
Great idea to involve folks from across campus :)
Becky Petrow
01:59:33
Yeah, this is awesome!
Mei (she, her) Cooley
02:00:21
That is impressive!!
Ryan Griffith
02:00:36
https://calendar.pacific.edu/group/IEW
Joell
02:00:37
wow, that's great.
Remi
02:00:39
super cool events!!
Joell
02:01:52
super inspiring :)
Renee Savage
02:02:06
Wonderful meeting, thanks for all the great information and inspiring sharing!
Stephanie Gross
02:02:27
Thank you so much :)
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
02:02:38
Thanks guys!
Chikako Walker
02:02:46
Thank you, Becky!
Sean Day
02:02:48
Thanks everyone for a great meeting and Officers for hosting! Be safe and Happy holidays!
Alla Markevitch
02:02:51
Thank you to BA-Pier officers for organising and facilitating the meeting!
Lark Cratty
02:02:59
Thank you, everyone!
Ryan Griffith
02:03:00
Thank you all and Happy Holidays!
Vaolele Stawiarski
02:03:01
Thank you! Happy holidays to you all. "See "you in 2021!
Silvana Grima
02:03:01
Thank you so much!
Maria Tcha
02:03:02
Thank you!
Carmen Anselmo
02:03:03
Thank you so much!
Allison Largent
02:03:03
Thank you all!
Denica Kelly (she/hers)
02:03:11
Thanks for being here all!! <3
Mei (she, her) Cooley
02:03:12
Thank you BA-Pier officers for a great meeting! Happy Holidays to everyone!
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
02:03:13
Happy Holidays!!
Chigusa Katoku
02:03:15
Thank you!
Joseph Ng
02:03:17
Happy Holidays! Stay healthy!!!
Joell
02:03:19
Thank you Becky! Excellent facilitating!
Maria Tcha
02:03:19
Stay safe and warm! Happy Holidays
Renee Savage
02:03:20
Happy Holidays!
Mindy
02:03:26
Thank YOU!!
Alla Markevitch
02:03:26
Happy holidays and stay well, everybody
Ruth Kirby
02:03:32
Thank you! Happy holidays, everyone!
Motoko Day
02:03:32
Thank you, Becky and officers! Happy Holidays!
Ann
02:03:37
Thank you very much
Yuri Goda (she/her/hers)
02:03:37
thank you! happy holidays!
Remi
02:03:38
happy holidays everyone!!!!
Jessie Dhamrait
02:03:43
Thank you and Happy Holidays to everyone