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THANK YOU *** Here, we draw a circle to get you in through the messy strings of Immigration laws. Our firm represents companies, hospitals, churches and individuals across the United States and around the world with immigration matters. Our free two minute initial assessment and phone email consultation service offers convenience and value. Board Certified Immigration attorney Jack Kim will personally provide a 2 minute free consultation. If you want to know whether you qualify for a particular visa, you can find out immediately just by using our two minute free assessment service. In most cases, you will talk to an immigration attorney about your immigration situation right away. After a two minute assessment, if you wish to have more in-depth consultation, you can do so by filling out our online appointment form. Our phone / Email consultation fee is $70 for 30 minutes and will be credited to you if should you retain us. Lost in the maze of Immigration laws and confused about immigration? Call us now at (972) 243-7140 to talk to an immigration attorney. In just two minutes, you will find out how you can best approach your immigration needs. There is no obligation for further consultation. For all family-based visas, if not approved, we will make FULL REFUND OF ATTORNEY'S FEES to the client. We want to be rewarded with attorney's fees only when the benefits are afforded to our clients.

Operating as usual

09/30/2020

USCIS fee hike halted!
You still have a chance to file your naturalization, green card, work permit, and travel permit and I-601a provisional waiver with low USCIS fee because a federal judge blocked USCIS fee hike which is set to effect on October 2, 2020.
A federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against a far-reaching U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee rule. The rule would increase fees on businesses, new citizens, international students needing work authorization and others. The fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020.
“As long as this preliminary injunction is in place, USCIS can’t raise fees,” said Doug Rand, co-founder of Boundless Immigration, in an interview. “The government will rush to obtain a stay of the injunction from the 9th Circuit, and there’s no telling how long that will take or what the outcome will be.”
We don’t know how long this injunction (preventing USCIS from increasing its fee) will last. For all those who are eligible should file using this current fee.

08/05/2020

코로나 바이러스 펜데믹 동안에는 I-944 (경제적 자급자족할 수 있다는 form)을 제출하지 않아도 됨.

7월29일 남부 뉴욕 연방 법정에서 이민국이 더 이상 공중 혜택에 대한 final Rule를 펜데믹 동안에는 시행하는 것을 금지시켰습니다.
이민자들과 비 영주비자를 가진 분에게 좋은 소식입니다.

1. 영주권 신청 (결혼, 가족 및 취업이민)을 신청하는 사람들은 더 이상 I-944를 제출하지 않아도 됩니다. 단지 가족 이민을 경우에는 예전처럼 초청자가 재정 보증만 (I-864)만 해주면 됩니다.
2. 비 영주 비자로 일하는 비자를 신청할 경우, R-1 (religious visa, E-2 (investor), H-1 (professionals) etc., I-944를 예전처럼 신청할 필요가 없습니다.

08/05/2020

No more I-944 (declaration of self-sufficiency) during the pandemic.
On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
What it means to the immigrants and non-immigrants
1. Those who are applying for the green card (I-485: adjustment of status), you don’t have to file form I-944. If you are applying the green card based on family petition, your petitioner can file I-864 (affidavit of support) for you, and if your petitioner does not have enough income, then you can find a co-sponsor who has to be a permanent resident or citizen.

2. Those who are applying worked related non-immigrant visa on form I-129 such as R-1 (religious visa, E-2 (investor), H-1 (professionals) etc. , you don’t have to file I-944

08/05/2020

펜데믹 동안에는 기간이 만료된 텍사스 운전 면허증으로 운전해도 괜찮음.

텍사스 공공 안전부에서 다음과 같은 발표를 했습니다.

기간이 만료된 운전 면허증도 유효한 것으로 다음과 같은 상황에는 간주한다.

1. 운전 면허증이 2020년 3월 13일 이후로 만료가 됨
2. 펙데믹이 끝난 후 60일 안에 있는 기간.
법을 집행하는 기관 경찰들이 위와 같은 사항을 준수할 것을 통고했습니다.
간단하게 설명하면 본인의 만료된 운전 면허증을 가지 펜데믹이 끝난 후 60일까지는 운전을 할 수 있다는 것입니다.
이 실행안이 이민/비 이민 비자를 수속하고 있는 사람들에 어떤 실제적인 의미가 있는가?
1. 영주권을 신청하고 있는 사람들. 영주권을 신청하면서 노동허가를 신청합니다. 노동허가는 일년간 유효합니다. 그리고 노동허가를 받은 사람은 똑 같은 일년 기간동안 운전 면허증을 받게 됩니다.

영주권 과정이 많이 지연됨으로 노동허가를 다시 재 신청하는 경우가 많습니다. 본인의 노동허가 기간이 끝나기 3개월 전에 만 재 신청을 하면 노동허가 기간 자동적으로 180일간 더 연장됩니다. 펜데믹이 계속되는 한 운전면허증을 다시 신청할 필요가 없습니다.

2. 비 영주 비자로 있는 분들. R-1 (종교비자). E-2 (투자 비자), H1B (단기 전문직 비자) 등등.

본인의 비 영주 신분이 만료되기 전에 연장 신청을 하면 신분을 계속 할 수 있고 자동적으로 240일간 더 일을 할 수 있습니다. 그리고 펜데믹이 계속되는 한 운전면허증을 다시 신청할 필요가 없습니다.

물론 이 두 경우 다 신분을 승인받은 다음에 신청하여서 유효한 운전 면허증을 받는 것이 현명하지만 covid-19 펜데닉 때문에 너무 많이 적체가 되어 있어서 실제적으로 쉽지 않기 때문입니다.

08/05/2020

Driving with an expired License in Texas is Ok during the pandemic.

The DPS (department of Public Safety) will consider a Texas issued expired Driver license valid if
1) Expiration date on Driver license or ID card is on or after March 13, 2020
2) The current date is within 60 days of the end of the state of Disaster (Pandemic).
Law enforcement (police) are advised of these provisions above.
What it means to people who are in the Immigration process:
1. Those who are in the process of applying a green card (adjustment of status: I-485), you get interim one-year EAD (Employment Authorization document), and your license validity is the same period as your one year EAD.

As long as you file a renewal of your EAD 3 months before it gets expired, you are authorized to work for 180 days after the expiration of your EAD, and for now, you don’t have to worry about renewing your Texas Driver license while this pandemic is going on.

2. Those who are in non-immigrant status such as R-1(Religious worker), E-2 (investor), H1B (professional worker), etc.

You are authorized to work while your non-immigrant status is valid. As long as you file an extension of your status before your current status expires, you are in status, and are authorized to work for 240 days after the expiration of your status. You don’t have to worry about renewing your driver license while the pandemic is going on.

Of course, it is wise to apply for a new driver license once your EAD or status gets approved. But practically it is difficult to renew your driver license due to Covid-19 pandemic and so many backlogs.

08/05/2020

이번 10월 2일부터 이민국 비용이 크게 오를 예정이다.
지난 금요일 (7월 31), 트럼프 행정부는 이민국 수수료 인상에 대한 내용을 발표했다. 해당 내용은 이민국 수수료 대부분을 포함하고 있지만, 가장 크게 주목해야 하는 비용은 영주권 신청과 시민권 신청 비용의 변화이다.

예를 들어, 영주권 신청인이 미국 시민권자와 결혼하여 미국내에서 영주권을 신청하는 경우 (Adjustment of Status), 현재 이민국 비용은 $1760이다. 하지만, 새롭게 적용되는 비용은 $2860이다. 무려, $1100이나 인상되게 되는 것이다. 큰 비용 인상의 이유는, 현재는 영주권을 신청할때 함께 신청하는 노동허가서 (I-765)와 여행허가서(I-131)에 대한 비용을 따로 내지 않는다. 하지만, 새롭게 변화되는 비용에서는노동허가서와 여행허가서에 대한 비용을 각각 $550 과 $590을 내야 하기 때문이다.

또한, 시민권 신청 비용도 많이 오르게 된다. 현재 시민권 신청 비용은 $725인 반면, 인상되는 비용은$1200이다. 약 500불 가량 더 많은 비용은 지불해야 된다.

또한, 한국사람들이 많이 신청하는 H1 비자와 L 비자 신청비용도 많이 오른다. 현재 H1 비자 신청비용은$460이지만, 인상되는 비용은 $555이다. 또한, 현재 L 비자 신청비용은 $460인 반면, 새로운 비용은 $805이다.
이 모든 비용 인상은 이번 10월 2일부터 적용이 된다. 따라서, 관심이 있는 사람들은 비용이 인상되기 전에 빨리 신청하는것이 조금이라도 돈을 아낄수 있다.

08/05/2020

USCIS fee hike is coming on 10/02/2020.

USCIS immigration filing fees will increase, starting from Oct. 2, 2020. Last Friday (July 31, 2020), the Trump Administration announced the detailed information on how much fee changes will take effect. Among other things, the increase in permanent resident application fee and naturalization application would have a massive impact on a lot of eligible applicants.

For example, a permanent residency application where a foreigner comes to the US, gets married to a US citizen, and applies for his/her permanent residency (so-called a green card) costs $1760 now. However, it will increase to $2860, which is $1100 more than the current fee. The big hike comes from the fact that the applicant will have to pay $550 for I-765 (Employment Authorization Document, or Work Permit) and $590 for I-131. Application for Travel Document, or Travel Permit), both of which, used to be already priced in the I-485 (green card application)

Also, the naturalization fee will significantly increase. While current fee for naturalization is $725, the new fee will be $1200, which is about 65% increase.
Furthermore, fees associated with non-immigrant visas, which includes H1 and L visas. Currently, fees for H1 visa is $460, but it will increase to $555. Also, L visa’s fee is $460 now, but it will be $805. All the fee changes will take effect, starting from October 2, 2020. So, we recommend that whoever is eligible to get immigration benefits start the process now; that way, he/she can save some money.

VOTE 2020.   Vote: Texas may change it color from Red to Blue. We would like to encourage anyone who is United States ci...
08/03/2020
VoteTexas.gov » Your Voter Registration Card

VOTE 2020. Vote: Texas may change it color from Red to Blue.

We would like to encourage anyone who is United States citizen to vote for the presidential election this year. I understand the votes in Texas usually do not matter because Texas has been consistently “Red” (Republican). However, it seems clear that Texas will be one of contested states in this year. Your Vote will make a huge difference. This is how you register and vote. Must register to vote by October 5.

You go here online to fill out an online registration form (It will take just a couple of minutes). Print it out and mail to the elections administrator of the county you live in. (below are the address of the most counties around here) Then you get the voter registration card within a few weeks. Once you are registered, you can vote just with any state issued ID.
https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/550-2.html

Must register to vote by October 5.

DALLAS COUNTY
Elections Administrator
Toni Pippins-Poole
1520 Round Table Drive Dallas 75247
(469) 627-8683 Phone
(214) 819-6301 FAX
DENTON COUNTY
Elections Administrator
Frank Phillips
P.O. Box 1720 Denton 76202
(940) 349-3200 Phone
(940) 349-3201 FAX

COLLIN COUNTY
Elections Administrator
Bruce R. Sherbet
2010 Redbud Blvd., Suite 102 McKinney 75069
(972) 547-1990 Phone
(972) 547-1995 FAX

TARRANT COUNTY
Elections Administrator
Heider Garcia
P.O. Box 961011, Fort Worth, TX 76161
2700 Premier Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111
(817) 831-8683 Phone
(817) 850-2394 FAX

Check your certificate to be sure all information is correct. If there is a mistake, make corrections and return it to the Voter Registrar immediately.

07/19/2020

학생신분 online 수업만으로도 유지

이민국에서 7월 초에 갑작스러운 발표가 있었습니다. 이번 가을 학기부터 online으로만 수업을 하는 학생들은 학교에서 이민국에 보고를 해야 하며, 보고를 하게 되면 그 학생의 신분이 죽게 되고, 추방도 할 수 있다고 발표했습니다. 이 발표는 많은 공포와 혼돈을 야기시켰습니다. 이에 관한 많은 문의를 받았습니다. 지금 미국이 겪고 있는 corona-19 전염병 확산 때문에 올해 3월 많은 학교들이 online으로 수업을 바꾸었습니다. 원래는 학생 신분을 가진 사람이 100% 온 라인 수업만 하면 학생신분 유지가 안 되게 되어 있습니다. 올해 3월에 corona 19 긴급 사태를 인지하여 이민국에서 저가 등록을 하고 있는 학교에서 online수업만 제공을 하면 online수업만 하여도 학생 신분 유지가 된다고 했습니다. 그런데 이 번 7월 이민국에서 그 입장을 갑자기 바꾸었습니다. 트럼프 행정부는 Corona Virus-19심각한 사태 지만 가능하면 정상적으로 경제도 재개되고 학교도 다 개강하기를 원했습니다. 그렇지만 대부분의 학교는 Corona Virus-19 상태가 너무 심각하기 때문에 online으로만 수업을 하기로 계획하고 있었습니다. 많은 학교들이 외국인 학생들의 도움을 많이 받고 있습니다. 거의 1백만명 이상입니다. 한국 학생은 5만명 정도 됩니다. 트럼프 행정부는 외국인 학생들을 만 위해서라도 학교 (on campus)를 개강 하라고 강요했습니다. 그러나 하버드 대학 및 많은 대학이 트럼프 정부, 이민국을 상대로 소송을 합니다. 소송하니까 법원에서 심의가 있기 전에 이민국과 협의를 했습니다. 이민국에서 이번 3월에 발표한 것대로 다시 돌아갔습니다. 그래서 외국 학생들은 자기가 등록한 학교의 방침만 따르면 됩니다. 학교가 온라인 수업만 제공하면 온 라인 수업만 하더라도 신분을 계속 유지할 수가 있습니다. 어떤 학생들은 이 발표때문에 학교도 바꾸었고 또 본국으로 나간 학생들도 있다고 들었습니다. 많은 사람들을 염려하게 하고 혼돈만 일으켰습니다. 그리고 어떤 학생들에게 많은 정신적 경제적 피해 입혔습니다.

07/19/2020

일할 수 있는 비 영주 비자 발급 12월 말까지 발급 중지
트럼프 행정부에서 이번 4월 달에 Corona virus 19 사태로 엄청난 경제적이 타격을 받습니다. 거의 20% 가깝게 실업률이 되었습니다. 미국의 경제이 개재하고 미국 시민권자나 영주권자들에게 먼저 일자리를 주어 실업률을 낮추기 위해서 미국에서 일을 할 수 있는 모든 비자 발급을 60일간 일단 정지시켰습니다. 그런데 이번 6월에 비자 발급 중단을 2020년 말까 지로 연장했습니다. 60일이 기간이 충분하지 않았다고 판단했습니다. 이 행정 명령은 이미 미국안에 비 영주비자나 노동허가서를 가지고 일을 하고 있는 사람에게는 적용이 되지 않습니다. 단지 본국에서 일 할 수 있는 비자를 받은 것이 올해 말까지 중단되었습니다.
다음과 같은 비자가 중단되었습니다.
H1B 단기 전문직 비자
H2B 임시 노동자 비자
J-1 (교환 방문으로 일할 수 있는 비자)
L-1/L-2 (미국 자회사로 전근 (transfer) 주재원 비자.
이런 비자들은 12월 말까지 중단되었지만 다른 비자, F-1 (학생), R-1(종교) 및 E-1/E-2 (무역 및 투자)는 계속 진행됩니다. 모든 취업이민 비자도 계속 진행됩니다.
그리고 비자 제한은 다음의 사람들에게는 적용되지 않습니다.
이런 종류의 비자를 받는 사람들이 시민권자의 배우자의 자녀일 경우.
그리고 의료진이나 식품 유통과정에 필요한 필수직에 종사하는 사람들의 경우.

07/19/2020

DACA (청소년 유예) 계속 연장.
이번 6월달 대법원에서 5-4로 결정이 났습니다. 2012년도 오바마 행정부에서 행정명령으로 청소년 유예 프로그램이 시작되었습니다. 트럼프 행정부가 들어서 오바마 대통령의 행정 명령이 위헌이라고 연방 법원에 기소하였습니다. 하등법원에서 트럼프가 패배하여 미국 대법원까지 상소를 했습니다. 대법원 사실 보수파 및 진보파가 5:4로 갈라져 있기 때문에 대법원에서는 트럼프 행정부의 손을 들어줄 줄 알았습니다. 그래서 DACA를 계속 유지할 수 없을 것이라고 염려했는데 대 법원장이 진보파 판사들의 입장을 들어주고 일단은 DACA가 계속 지속되도록 판결했습니다. 판결 내용을 보면 트럼프 행정부에 날카로운 비판이 있었습니다. 트럼프 행정부가 행정명령으로 오바마 대통령의 행정 명령으로 된 것을 폐지할 수 있습니다. 그렇지만 DACA로 거의 70만명의 청소년이 학교도 다니고 일을 하고 있습니다. 공부할 수 있는 혜택, 일을 할 수 있는 혜택, 추방에서 보호받을 수 있는 혜택이 있습니다. 이 혜택 때문에 많은 시간과 돈을 투자하여 대학도 가서 공부도 하고 일자리도 찾았습니다. 이렇게 주어진 혜택을 패지 하려고 하면 합법적인 정당한 절차를 통하여 해야 합니다. 그런데 그런 최소한 절차도 제대로 하지 않았다는 것입니다.
결론적으로는 DACA 혜택을 받은 사람은 계속 연장할 수 있게 되었습니다. 그렇지만 DACA를 새로 신청하거나 DACA를 통해서 여행허가는 신청할 수 없습니다.

07/19/2020

After much confusion and lawsuits, due to covid-19, F-1 student can continue to enroll just online courses.

Due to COVID-19 situation, USCIS issued the guidance on March 9, 2020. Because a lot of school changed on campus classes to online classes, USCIS allowed the student to take online classes only to remain in student status. However, USCIS under Trump administration announced a sudden new guidance that from the fall semester, foreign students is not allowed to maintain their status if they take only online classes. It was because Trump administration wanted the universities and colleges to reopen on campus classes from the fall semesters. Such a sudden guidance put F-1 student in a bind---they have to either transfer their school to the school that offered online classes or to leave the United States. However, a lot of Universities Harvard, sued the Trump administration. Before the hearing, USCIS settled and announced that the F-1 students can rely on March 9, 2020 guidance---meaning that student can maintain their student status by taking only online classes.
This temporary provision is only in effect for the duration of the emergency and in accordance with the procedural change documents filed in a timely manner to SEVP. NOTE: Due to the fluid nature of this difficult situation, this guidance may be subject to change. SEVP will continue to monitor

07/19/2020

Non-immigrnat visa (H1B L1A L1B, J-1) suspension until 12/30/2020

Previously, on April 22, 2020 Mr. Trump determined that the United States faces a potentially protracted economic recovery with persistently high unemployment and that labor supply will outpace labor demand. Consequently, Mr. Trump enacted a proclamation (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak) for a period of 60 days, the entry of aliens as immigrants, subject to certain exceptions.
Mr. Trump argues in his proclamation, when recovering from economic shocks that cause significant contractions in productivity, recoveries in employment lag behind improvements in economic activity. Since Mr. Trump believes the United States economy will likely require several months to return to pre-contraction economic output, and additional months to restore stable labor demand, Mr. Trump believes that 60 days is an insufficient time period for the United States labor market, still stalled with partial social distancing measures to rebalance. Mr. Trump believes that there is a lack of sufficient alternative means to protect unemployed Americans from the threat of competition for scarce jobs.
Hence, on June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of aliens who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. He has determined that the entry of certain aliens as immigrants and nonimmigrants would be detrimental to the interests of the United States through December 31, 2020.

Please note that any adjustment application (green card) or any non-immigrant application for change of status are not affected by this executive order. This order is only for those who are entering with a visa from abroad.

Please note all other non-immigrant visa like F-1 (student), E-1/E-2 (trade and investment), R-1 (religious) etc., all other employment based immigrant visas and family based visas are not affected by this executive order.
Mr. Trump is concerned about several category of aliens against the US job market and seeks to protect American workers against such aliens:
1. Lawful permanent residents and their eligibility to compete for almost any job.
2. Several nonimmigrant visa categories such as:
a. Worker positions tied to H-2B nonimmigrant visas.
b. The entry of additional workers through the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visa programs.
Following conditions are effective immediately:
1. Suspension and Limitation on Entry. The entry into the United States of any alien seeking entry pursuant to any of the following nonimmigrant visas is suspended and limited:
(a) an H-1B or H-2B visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien;
(b) a J visa, to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien; and
(c) an L visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien.
2. The suspension and limitation shall apply only to any alien who:
(a) is outside the United States on the effective date of this proclamation;
(b) does not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation; and
(c) does not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.
3. The suspension and limitation on entry shall not apply to:
a. any lawful permanent resident of the United States (who are not subjected to this executive order anyway)
b. any alien who is the spouse or child, as defined in section 101(b)(1) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)(1)), of a United States citizen;
c. any alien seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain; and
d. any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.

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I got referred here by another attorney, I asked whoever answered the phone , what is the latest appointment they took on Friday? She said 6 pm ,,, so she put me down for 6 pm ...... I get to my appointment between 5-10 min early , and I find the door locked , called about 7 times to the office and no response ..... I drove 50 min for that 😭.... so disappointing ,,,,,
Employment Discrimination Against Internationals despite lack of domestic labor ==================================================== Below is what too often happens to international students, like me, when they are honestly trying to apply for real jobs, for which they are eligible by law: ============================================ Dear Tugrul, Something seems to be wrong with my old regular email account, i.e. [email protected]) because I keep getting the error message that my reply to you has been blocked. Therefore, can you please read my last reply to your most recent email to me below? Thanks a lot for your time. Best regards, Thomas ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Thomas Hahn Date: Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 5:09 PM Subject: Fwd: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors To: ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Thomas Hahn Date: Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 4:58 PM Subject: Re: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors To: Tugrul Polat Dear Tugrul, What can we do if my OPT ends before we can find something? We have nothing to stop it from expiring? The 3zen.com company in Redmond, WA, still has not send me their job offer letter, which they had promised me already by July 12th, 2019. I have read at the DHS website that OPT STEM extensions can be granted for any employment for at least 20 hours per week or more. This this false? Should I look it up and copy-paste you back the link of the DHS website, where I have read this information last weekend? But on my current old OPT, I could have worked part time because now I am still working as a volunteer. Is this correct? If I can prove that I was sick during my OPT, can it get extended to give me back the lost time? My OPT was cut 5 weeks short. But it was not my fault. We applied for it together only one day after I graduated, i.e. on August 16th, 2018. We could not have applied any sooner because it was uncertain whether I would be allowed to graduate that summer. I mailed my OPT application, which you kindly prepared for me, on August 17th, 2018 with FedEx as you recommended. USCIS set my OPT starting date to November 16th, 2018, but its expiration date to October 7th, 2019. However, my OPT expiration date should have been November 15th, 2019 because it was not my fault that USCIS needed more than the anticipated 60 days to process my OPT application. If the US government promises every international student that he/she is eligible for 12 months OPT, then these 12 months should not get cut short if it is not the student's fault. I was supposed to graduate in August 2017, December 2017 and May 2018, before I was finally allowed to graduate on August 15th, 2018. This was totally unpredictable. If we had submitted my OPT application to USCIS in any of the previous three semesters when I was told that I would graduate, but could not, then my OPT would have been totally lost because USCIS would not have allowed me to have it before I had fully graduated. But then, USCIS would have also not allowed me to reapply for another OPT later, if my OPT would have been denied because its start date would have been before my graduation date. But this was outside my control. This is the nature of being a student. A student can never fully predict when exactly he/she is allowed to graduate. Its like failing a test or a class. Its not a crime. Its a normal thing that keeps happening at universities. But this does not make any student, to whom this happens, a bad student. It just causes him/her to take longer to earn his/her degree than initially anticipated. But this should not get punished by the federal government. This is an innate natural consequence of higher education being selective. This poses a challenge for students with disabilities, like me. That is why I should be allowed to get at least the 5 missing weeks of my OPT back, because we have done nothing wrong or missed any deadline when applying for my OPT in the first place. We have applied for my OPT as soon as we possibly could. That is why I very strongly feel that my OPT should not expire any sooner than November 15th, 2019. Is there any way that we can try to make this happen? This would only be fair. Thanks Thomas On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 4:12 PM Tugrul Polat wrote: Thomas You need to find a full-time job for STEM OPT extension purposes and the following sounds like a part-time job. I see that Debra said "temporary part-time employment" below. Once again, keep looking for a full-time job in your field of study so you can apply for STEM OPT extension before your current EAD end date. Thanks, Tugrul ᐧ On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 3:47 PM Thomas Hahn wrote: Dear Tugrul, Does this now mean that I can never work as an adjunct professor even within my field of study simply because they refuse to provide an official job offer letter? This cannot be true! There must be an alternative way to apply for a new employment I-20 for such kind of jobs? Otherwise, I have wasted all my OPT time with applying for adjunct professor positions even though I can never get an I-20 for them. In my eyes this is deception and grounds for OPT extension. All employers keep lying to me! They tell me that I am hired! But then the refuse to provide the required official job offer letter! This does not only seem to happen with for-profit companies but also with state institutions like the NH Community College System! Unfortunately, I was under the misconception that one can trust at least public state and federal government owned employers! But it seems that nobody can trust any employer with anything! Its seems like total anarchy to me! Thanks Thomas ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Debra Costa-Nino Date: Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:55 PM Subject: RE: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors To: Thomas Hahn Hello Thomas, Unfortunately that seems not to be true for temporary part-time employment called adjunct professors. It seems there is no formal commitment made until the contract. The biggest issue is that adjunct professors’ contracts are not absolute, the college retains the right to cancel the classes or move instructors at will. Hence there is no way to, even in good faith, promise 20 hours of employment. So I can only wish you good luck with your search. Best, Debra From: Thomas Hahn [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:43 PM To: Debra Costa-Nino Subject: Re: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors This email originated outside of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Please help keep our organization and users safe. It's up to us; think before you click. Dear Debra Its just a regular job offer letter. I am under the impression that every employer needs to provide an official job offer letter to everyone before officially hiring anyone. Is this correct? Thanks /Dr. Hahn On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:20 PM Debra Costa-Nino wrote: Dear Thomas, Unfortunately the Community College System of New Hampshire does not provide promissory letters for part-time faculty. I am sorry for any inconvenience that this inquiry has caused you. I wish you the best of luck in finding appropriate employment. Sincerely yours, Debra From: Thomas Hahn [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:54 PM To: Debra Costa-Nino Subject: Re: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors This email originated outside of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Please help keep our organization and users safe. It's up to us; think before you click. Hallo Debora, We need to be very fast. I am missing a very promising job interview in Shreveport, LA, just because I want to have clearance to work for you no later than Friday, August, 23rd by my International Student Office. If we can get this required clearance from Dr. Polat Ii.e. Director of my International Student Office) before Friday 5 p.m.,I can fly to Nashua, NH on Saturday. This would give me plenty of time to start working for you by Monday, August 26th. Would that work for you? What is the name of the closest airport to Nashua, NH? Thanks Thomas Hahn, PhD phone: 501 303 6595 On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 6:36 AM Debra Costa-Nino wrote: Hello Thomas, As soon as I have clearance from my administration, I will contact you. Best, Debra From: Thomas Hahn [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 7:35 PM To: Debra Costa-Nino Subject: Re: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors This email originated outside of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Please help keep our organization and users safe. It's up to us; think before you click. Dear Prof. Dr. Debra Costa-Nino, All I need from you is the information, which I have just requested from you in my previous email 15 minutes ago. Should I call you back now so we can discuss? If not, when should I call you tomorrow? Or should I contact somebody other than you to gather all the information needed to apply for a new employment I-20? Best regards, Very sincerely, Thomas Hahn, PhD Smart Phone: 501 303 6595 Flip Phone: 318 243 3940 Primary Email: [email protected] Skype User Name: TFH002 On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 6:15 PM Debra Costa-Nino wrote: Hello Thomas, I wrote my best guess for this letter and sent it to my department chair and human resource officer. I need to make sure what I wrote was legal and doable on our end. I must now wait until I get their input. I will contact you as soon as I have some input. We are historically very slow administratively here, so I am worried about the timing. But will be persistent to make this work, if it can. Best Wishes, Debra From: Thomas Hahn [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 6:26 PM To: Debra Costa-Nino Subject: Could you please email me my official job offer letter so that I can upload it with my new employment I-20 application today? -- Fwd: Adjunct Professors This email originated outside of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Please help keep our organization and users safe. It's up to us; think before you click. Dear Prof. Dr. Debra Costa-Nino, Below is the response from Dr. Tugrul Polat, who is the director of my university's International Student Office. In a short phone conversation he strongly recommended to apply for a new employment I-20 immediately to give him enough time to approve it, based on my current Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. All I need from you to apply for a new employment I-20 is an official job offer letter. Could you please email it to me so that I can upload it on the OPT update website? Last time that I applied for a new employment I-20 in December of 2018, it was approved in less than a day. For OPT STEM extension, I can work within the fields of any of my past academic degrees, which I have earned in the United States. My American academic degrees are: 1.) PhD in Bioinformatics, which I earned from UALR/UAMS on August 15th, 2018 2.) MS in Bioinformatics, which I earned from UALR/UAMS in May of 2015 3.) MS in Molecular Biology, which I earned from Louisiana Tech University on March 4th, 2010 This allows me to work as a biology/genetics/anatomy and physiology instructor to teach at the undergraduate level at every Community College and 4 year university. 4.) BS in Biology, which I earned from LA Tech in May of 2008 5.) BS in Chemistry, which I earned from LA Tech in May of 2008 6.) Minor in Physics, which I earned from LA Tech in May of 2008 I also read that I will be allowed to keep working and residing legally in American as soon as my STEM OPT extension petition has been submitted, regardless whether or not it will be approved. Here is the link to details about the OPT STEM extension instructions posted by my university (i.e. UALR): https://ualr.edu/international/applying-for-stem-extension/ The most relevant OPT STEM extension information on the official website of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-and-the-form-i-983 https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/employers-and-the-form-i-983 https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-extension-overview https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/dsos-recommending-students-for-the-stem-opt-extension https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-determining-stem-opt-extension-eligibility According to Dr. Turgul Polat, who is the director of my UALR International Student Office, the I-983 is the most crucial part of my OPT STEM extension petition. Should I relocate to Nashua, NH as soon as my new employment I-20 has been approved? We can work together on the OPT STEM extension application while I am working in Nashua because my current OPT is still valid until October 7th, 2019. This implies that my OPT STEM extension petition must be received by mail by the respective USCIS office in Lincoln, KY no later than October 6th, 2019. This can be easily worked out later. I recommend that we now focus on getting my new employment I-20 approved as soon as we can because then I can start to relocate to Nashua, NH. In the best case scenario this could be accomplished before offices close here tomorrow. Thank you very much for your prompt attention. Very sincerely, Thomas Hahn, PhD Smart Phone: 501 303 6595 Flip Phone: 318 243 3940 Primary Email: [email protected] Skype User Name: TFH002 ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Tugrul Polat Date: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:46 PM Subject: Re: Adjunct Professors To: Thomas Hahn Cc: Casey Jackson-Aceituno Hi Thomas For your new employment, you need to submit the OPT update form. Here is the form. For STEM OPT Extension, you need to submit the online STEM Extension I-20 request form, which is here Thanks, -- Best regards, Tugrul Polat | Director, International Student Services University of Arkansas at Little Rock 501-683-7566 | [email protected] | http://ualr.edu/ ᐧ On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:38 PM Thomas Hahn wrote: Dear Turgul, Please call me urgently regarding whether you can allow me to accept this job offer. My numbers are 501 303 6595 or 318 243 3940 Thanks Thomas ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Debra Costa-Nino Date: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 3:41 PM Subject: Adjunct Professors To: [email protected] Hello Dr. Hahn, We are in need of great face-to-face instructors for this fall semester. If you live in the area, or plan to be here before the end of the week, our classes start on August 26th and we need knowledgeable people to guide our students. Please read about the college on our HR page at www.nashuacc.edu or directly http://www.nashuacc.edu/about/hr-employment, I attached the pay scale, as salary is an issue for some individuals. I look forward to your response. Please do so, whether affirmative or negative. Thank you, Debra Costa-Nino, Ph.D. Dr. Debra J. Costa-Nino Professor and Coordinator Life Science and Chemistry Program Biological Sciences Advisor NH INBRE Partner Nashua Community College 505 Amherst St. Nashua, NH 06063 (603) 578-8955 (603) 882-6923 x 1436 Fax (603) 882-8690 -- Best regards, Tugrul Polat | Director, International Student Services University of Arkansas at Little Rock 501-683-7566 | [email protected] | http://ualr.edu/