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WDRS has updated the policy on sponsoring foreign nationals employees for US immigration benefits, which now addresses the requirement to exhaust both J-1 and F-1 temporary statuses before changing to H-1B. It also provides an option of cost analysis in cases where a family-based green card process may replace the employment-based process. Any deviations from the policy, such as an early change to H-1B status, must be approved and initiated by the division head accompanied by a lab business-need explanation….

Please note that effective Monday, March 23, Fermilab Global Services will reduce their on-site hours of operations.  The hours for each office are as follows: Users Office By appointment only.  We require a 24-hour notice and estimated time of arrival. We will attempt to accommodate requests based on other appointments times. ***Please send email to usersoffice@fnal.gov to make an appointment.*** Badging Office 8am – 10am 2pm – 4pm ***10am – 2pm by appointment only.  Please send email to badgingoffice@fnal.gov. ***…

Visa Office is Operating Remotely Matters that require in-person meetings are taken by appointment only.  We require a 24-hour notice and estimated time of arrival. We will attempt to accommodate requests based on other appointments times. ***Please send email to visaoffice@fnal.gov to make an appointment.***

Visa Office holiday hours

Visa Office will be closed the following days: Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 Monday, December 30 through Wednesday, January 1 During the rest of the two holiday weeks, the Visa Office will be open but operating with reduced staff. Happy Holidays!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to collect five years of social media history from applicants for certain immigration benefits, including Visa Waiver Program travelers and, adjustment of status and naturalization applicants, according to a Federal Register notice published today. DHS plans to add social media questions to the following forms and systems: ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) and Form I-94W, Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record for Visa Waiver Program travelers; EVUS (Electronic Visa Update System) for Chinese nationals traveling to the U.S. as business visitors…

All people arriving at the U.S. border or a port of entry have basic rights, but like all international travelers, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when arriving at an airport or land port of entry. If questions arise and CBP is unable to admit you quickly, you may be taken to a separate area for “secondary inspection.” If you are detained by CBP in secondary inspection, you have rights! Please…

Join the SPECTRUM board members to celebrate Pride Month at this amazing cidery (“brewery” but for apple cider!). Let’s hope for good weather! When: June 14, 2019, 4pm – close Where: 2 Fools Cidery, 1665 Quincy Ave #155, Naperville, IL 60540 (entrance around back) 2019-05-29_5ceed54c412d8_SpectrumSummerouting