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ICE Notice to Former F-1 Students of Tri-Valley University

VIA ICE.gov

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 Jan. 18, 2011. You should call SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400. This number is currently staffed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST), seven days a week. Beginning Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, this number will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). At other times, you may leave a telephone number at which SEVP will return your call the next day.

Please be prepared to provide the follow information to the SEVP staff when you call:

  • First and last name
  • SEVIS ID#
  • Address
  • Telephone number where you can be reached
  • E-mail address
  • Dates of attendance at TVU
  • Level and Major of study at TVU

When you call, SEVP will provide you with your options including the option to depart from the United States without an otherwise possibly applicable bar to re-admission in the future.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Travel Information for International Visitors

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Information for visitors to the United States who are coming to work, study, conduct business or to immigrate.

Admission into United States
– 06/22/2009

Frequently asked questions about the admission process for entering into the United States.
arrow Air Travelfeatured see also
If you are traveling by plane to Mexico or Canada, please keep in mind that all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, are required to have a passport or other accepted form of documentation to enter or depart the United States.
Automatic Revalidation: Valid I-94, Expired Non-Immigrant Visa
– 05/11/2009

Nationals of Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba are not eligible for automatic revalidation of expired visas.
Automatic Revalidation: Valid I-94, Expired Non-Immigrant Visa - pdf versionpdf – 23 KB.
Bringing Food into the U.S.
– 03/21/2008
arrow Useful Information for Canadian and Mexican Travelers
Six Month Club Updatefeatured see also
– 03/10/2009

For Accessibility Information: OPA508CONTACT@cbp.dhs.gov
Six Month Club Update - pdf versionpdf – 52 KB.
arrow Clearing CBPfeatured see also
arrow Electronic System for Travel Authorization
Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Non-Immigrant and Inadmissible Canadian Information
– 12/07/2009
Immigration
Procedures, forms, and basic requirements immigrants need to enter the United States.
Issuance of a Visa and Authorization for Temporary Admission into the United States for Certain Non-Immigrant Aliens Infected with HIV Final Rule
– 10/06/2008
arrow I-94 and I-94W
– 06/15/2009
I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrantfeatured see also (offsite link)
04/08/2008
arrow Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR)
arrow NSEERS
arrow Temporary Residents for Work or Study
Transiting the U.S. – TWOV and ITI Programs
– 10/02/2007
arrow Visa Waiver Programfeatured see also
arrow Visiting for Business or Pleasure

Global Entry Program

Global Entry is a pilot program managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States. Although this program is intended for “frequent travelers” who make several international trips per year, there is no minimum number of trips an applicant must make in order to qualify. Participants may enter the United States by utilizing automated kiosks located, at the following airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Juan-Luis Múñoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
  • Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-SeaTac (SEA)
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The process requires participants to present their machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, submit their fingerprints for biometric verification, and make a customs declaration at the kiosk’s touch-screen. Upon successful completion of the Global Entry process at the kiosk, the traveler is issued a transaction receipt and directed to baggage claim and the exit, unless chosen for a selective or random secondary referral.

Travelers must be pre-approved before they can participate in the pilot program. All applicants will undergo a rigorous background check and be interviewed by a CBP officer before they are enrolled. Automated enforcement checks will occur each time the member uses the kiosk to enter the United States. Although pre-approved for the program and determined to be low risk, members of Global Entry may be examined at any time when entering the United States.

Members entering the United States must complete the declaration questions prompted by the kiosk. If bringing items that must be declared, after completion of the kiosk transaction, the member will be directed to see a CBP officer.

Global Entry has a zero tolerance policy for violations. If a Global Entry member violates any of the terms and conditions, CBP officers will take appropriate enforcement action and will cancel the person’s membership privileges. The application fee is non-refundable.

What Are the Benefits of Global Entry?
The benefits are:

  • Bypass the traditional passport control line.
  • No more filling out a paper customs declaration form.
  • Expedited exit process.
  • Mutual benefits with other countries.
  • Conveniently located at airports throughout the country.
  • Cross the border with a minimum of customs and immigration questioning.
  • Although this program is intended for frequent travelers, there is no minimum number of trips that must be completed.

Global Entry allows applicants to complete a single application and pay one fee. This form can be submitted online via the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES. Qualified applicants are required to come to a Global Entry Enrollment Center, for an interview). Global Entry allows United States border agencies to concentrate their efforts on potentially higher-risk travelers and goods, which helps to ensure the security and integrity of our borders.

Who May Apply for Global Entry?

  • Individuals who are 14 years of age and older who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, or citizens of certain other countries.

*Note: If enrolled parents are traveling with children under 14 and clearing as a family, they may not use the kiosk and must clear using the regular passport control process.

However, individuals may not qualify if they:

  • Are inadmissible to the United States under applicable immigration laws;
  • Provide false or incomplete information on their application;
  • Have been convicted of a criminal offense in any country;
  • Have been found in violation of customs or immigration laws; or
  • Fail to meet other Global Entry requirements.

If an individual does not meet the requirements of Global Entry, their application will be denied.

Fee
Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). 
GOES ) A non-refundable $100 fee will be collected before the submission of the application. If an applicant is denied participation, he/she will not receive a refund of the $100. NEXUS and SENTRI members may activate membership in Global Entry at no additional fee.

Inquiries
Applicants who are not accepted into the Global Entry pilot have three channels for forwarding their inquiries: a) directly with the enrollment center; b) DHS Travelers Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP); and c) the CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman. Please see the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program page for more information on how to seek redress. (DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program )

Consistent with privacy law and national security considerations, DHS and CBP may not reveal the specific reason for an applicant’s denial in either the initial notification or the redress process depending on the circumstances of a particular case.

Global Entry Program   get RSS feed for Global Entry Program
Global Entry Kiosks
Your Ticket to Get Out of Line…
Global Entry is your express pass to process through the United States’ international arrival areas. Automated kiosks are designed to process pre-approved, low-risk international travelers who qualify.

Video: Global Entry Public Service Announcementfeatured see also
– 11/20/2009

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Global Entry: Step by Step Online Application Instructions
– 08/20/2008

Please print prior to logging onto GOES

For Accessibility Information: OFO508CONTACT@cbp.dhs.gov
Global Entry: Step by Step Online Application Instructions - pdf versionpdf – 3,086 KB.
Global Entry Enrollment Center and Kiosk Locations
– 11/09/2009
Global Entry with Expedited Entry into the Netherlands
– 05/05/2009

Current U.S. Citizen Global Entry members can qualify for participation in Privium, the Netherlands’ trusted traveler program.
Global Entry Program Overview
– 11/04/2009
Apply Online for Global Entryfeatured see also (offsite link)
NEXUS and SENTRI Members that are US Citizens or US Lawful Permanent Residents May Utilize the Global Entry Kiosks
– 11/09/2009
Instructions to Use Kiosk
– 08/10/2009

For Accessibility Information: OFO508CONTACT@cbp.dhs.gov
Instructions to Use Kiosk - pdf versionpdf – 183 KB.
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Global Entry Information
– 11/20/2009

Printed materials available for download

ICE Updates List of SEVP Approved Schools (Updated 6/30/09)

<a href="/files/4941-4844/ApprovedSchools2.pdf”>ICE Updates List of SEVP Approved Schools (Updated 6/30/09)

Owner of Mandarin restaurant to be deported after jail

VIA Jacksonville.com


“The co-owner of a popular Jacksonville restaurant received a three-month sentence Monday for harboring illegal aliens and faces certain deportation to his native India.


Sanjit Kumar Rajak, who was head chef and manager of Cilantro Indian Cuisine in Mandarin, will complete his prison sentence in about a week because he has been behind bars since his January arrest. He agreed to a $5,000 fine.


His lawyer, Shawn Arnold, said he expects deportation proceedings to begin immediately, a bitter end for a successful businessman who lived a rags-to-riches story. Arnold said Rajak won’t be allowed to re-enter the United States for five to 10 years.


Rajak admitted hiring four illegal workers and leasing their Sunbeam Road apartment. He has no other criminal record.”

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ICE Updates List of SEVP Approved Schools (Updated 3/27/09)

<a href="/files/4941-4844/__1ApprovedSchools.pdf”>On 3/24/09 ICE updated its list of Student and Exchange Visitor Program approved schools.

Updated List of SEVIS Schools – 1/14/2009

<A href="/files/4941-4844/approvedschools1.pdf”>On 1/14/09 ICE updated its list of Student and Exchange Visitor Program approved schools.

Mistaken immigration raid?

Via kgbt4.com

Olga Savage said she went through a harrowing life-changing experience that might have been a total mistake.

The 68-year-old woman told Action 4 News that she heard a knock at her door Tuesday morning.

But before she had a chance to get up she said U.S. Immigration & Customers Enforcement (ICE) agents were inside her home.

“They came in with guns, grenades and holding their pistols,” Savage recalled.

When she asked them why they came into her home they allegedly responded, “Show us your papers.”

Savage complied by showing them documentation proving that she’s been a United States citizen for 40 years.

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Window closing for aliens with Florida criminal convictions to move to withdraw pleas that could leave them vulnerable to adverse immigration actions

Author: Tomislav D. Golik
Attorney, Leimbach & Sharma


Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) convictions for certain categories of crimes carry with them the risk that the alien defendant may face removal proceedings or inadmissibility to re-enter the United States.  Under U.S. law, “convictions” are defined to include pleas of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest).  Even criminal offenses which have been pardoned or expunged are still considered convictions for immigration purposes.


Until 2006, the Florida Supreme Court held that an alien who was actually threatened with deportation as a result of a plea of guilty or no contest had two years to move to set aside their plea.  Further, that two year period did not begin to run until the alien first learned, or should have had knowledge of, the threat of deportation based on the plea.


That changed on October 26, 2006, when the Florida Supreme Court ruled in State v. Green that the two year limitations period starts to run from the date the judgment and sentence become final.  In the interests of fairness, however, the court further ruled that the Green decision would not apply retroactively.  Any alien whose criminal case was finalized prior to October 26, 2006, still had the two year period to file for post conviction relief from their plea.  That window closes on October 26, 2008.


If you are an alien who entered a plea of guilty or no contest to a crime in the State of Florida, you should contact an attorney immediately to see if your plea could subject you to deportation proceedings.  This is especially true of those who entered pleas to felonies, but there are many criminal offenses classified as misdemeanors that could also serve as grounds for removal of a resident alien or visa holder.  It is not always clear from the language of the INA which crimes could subject an alien to deportation.  Consult an attorney that understands grounds for deportation and inadmissibility to make sure you understand the consequences of your criminal plea.


Even if you no longer reside in Florida, a criminal plea entered there may still subject you to deportation.  If you find that your Florida plea can subject you to deportation, you still need to determine whether grounds exist for challenging it.  An experienced Florida Criminal Defense Attorney can help determine whether grounds exist for moving to withdraw a plea and how much time remains to do so.  Any person fearing they may be affected by a criminal plea in Florida should contact an attorney immediately, as that attorney may need considerable time to do any necessary research and obtain the appropriate records to review a case. 

ICE Will No Longer Sedate Deportees

U.S. immigration agents must not sedate deportees without a judge’s permission, according to a policy change issued this week.

Study: Kids Hurt by Immigration Raids

Via AP



GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Thousands of children whose parents are arrested in immigration raids in the U.S. face mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety and depression, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Urban Institute.

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New York Officials Denounce Tactics Used in Immigration Raids

Via Fox News

Federal agents displayed a “cowboy” mentality while running roughshod over local police officers — at times pointing their weapons at cops — and ensnared more suspected illegal aliens than targeted gangsters in raids on Long Island last week, officials said Tuesday.

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Mistake costs dishwasher $59,000

Via CNN.com


  • Guatemala native Pedro Zapeta a dishwasher in the U.S. for 11 years


  • The illegal immigrant tried to bring $59,000 in savings back to Guatemala

  • U.S. customs seized cash when Zapeta failed to fill out form declaring money

  • Zapeta, who tried to get the money back for two years, now faces deportation

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