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Immigrant Students Can Find Enhanced Resources at DHS Website

Posted: July 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Reposted from DHS bulletin.

Photo by Charles Reed

Numbers and origin of international students in US from January-April 2014.  Image by Charles Reed

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched an enhanced Study in the States website Monday with four new features.  The features enable the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), housed within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to convey pertinent information to stakeholders about the international student process in a clear and interactive manner.

The new features include: 

  • An interactive glossary
  • An “Ask a Question” section
  • An enhanced School Search page
  • A mobile-ready version of Study in the States

“Being an international student is a complex process that involves several government agencies, and the new Study in the States tools will help students and schools easily find the latest news, information, interactive guides and videos they need,” said SEVP Director Lou Farrell.

The revamped site also features streamlined navigation and a blog geared to international students and school officials. Users can translate the site into multiple languages.  

The Study in the States website serves as an information hub for the international student community.  It brings together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our student visa and exchange visitor programs, including ICE, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Study in the States was launched by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in 2011, as part of a larger DHS initiative to enhance economic, scientific and technological competitiveness by finding new ways to encourage the most talented international students to study and learn about expanded post-graduate opportunities in the United States.  This initiative includes a focus on streamlining the student visa process, enhancing coordination among government agencies and keeping international students better informed about student visa rules and regulations.  

SEVP monitors approximately one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students.  The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents, and oversees exchange visitor programs.

Both use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws.  SEVP also collects and shares SEVIS information with government partners, including CBP and USCIS, so only legitimate international students and exchange visitors gain entry into the United States.

HSI reviews potential SEVIS records for potential violations and refers cases with potential national security or public safety concerns to its field offices for further investigation. Additionally, SEVP’s Analysis and Operations Center reviews student and school records for administrative compliance with federal regulations related to studying in the United States.


Gulf Coast Community Foundation Supports STEM Majors

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

 

STEM Programs in Sarasota

Cover from the Biz941 article about STEM majors

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees are in high demand.   There is so much demand, in fact, and so few students, that there are special privileges for foreign students who pursue STEM degrees.  Moreover, Congress is contemplating reforming the immigration system to include giving green cards to foreign students who obtain STEM degrees.

To support the pursuit of STEM degrees in Sarasota the Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently launched a new, $2.5 million, five-year initiative that aims to deeply integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our education system.  The effort is called STEMsmart.  It is part of a larger campaign that began in 2000 that provides resources and funding to secondary education, primarily in the science and math areas.  An assessment commissioned by the Gulf Coast Board indicated that retaining educated youth and preparing our workforce for targeted future industries are critical issues for our region.  Meanwhile, conversations with local school administrators, teachers, and students reinforced that science and math were areas that could be improved.

With the launch of the STEMsmart initiative, GCCF joins a growing national movement to provide teachers with the training and tools they need to prepare their students for the changing world.  The goals of the initiative include:

Help local schools embrace Florida’s new, more rigorous Next Generation standards

Assist teachers in teaching these new standards through professional development

Make STEM programs meaningful, relative, and fun through internships

Rally the community with a public information campaign about the importance of STEMsmart

The STEMsmart program includes an innovation award which seeks to recognize any organization, business, product or service that embodies the spirit of STEMsmart – integrated thinking powered by inspiration and invention in equal doses.  The monthly (and yearly) recognition will be much sought after, studied, celebrated, and publicized.  Go to www.stemsmart.org to tender your nomination.