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The Kearney Center has compiled all the most important information for this week in one place! We want to make finding information easy for you, so we've put all important announcements here in this of the Kearney Center Current Student Newsletter. Watch for the monthly newsletter at the beginning of each month! You can find this edition and others on the Kearney Center website.

Updates: October 5 -October 11, 2020 

Practical Training Information:

Important) Update :

On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule.

While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, we will continue to:

·         Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and

·         Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 (PDF, 2.87 MB) and 10.10 (PDF, 2.87 MB). (Cited HERE)

What does all of this mean? It means that until further notice, I-765 forms should be filed with the $410 filing fee and the Edition Date of 08/25/2020. It is possible that the fee increase to $550 will be enacted in the future. Please stay in close contact with your immigration advisor in the Kearney Center and your OPT application process.

Did you miss the OPT Information Sessions, and you are graduating this December 2020? No worries—check out the Kearney Center website that talks more about what you should know before you apply, and the documents needed to apply for OPT.

If you are ready to file your OPT Packet to USCIS, but you need your OPT I-20. Please EMAIL your OPT documents in a Zip Folder to your immigration advisor. Your immigration advisor will need to review your OPT documents and provide any necessary feedback. If everything looks good to go, then you will receive your OPT I-20.
 

If you are applying for OPT this Fall 2020 semester, make sure that you also apply for Graduation (HERE). Once you apply for Graduation, you will receive an email with your Application for Graduation Evaluation Summary. You can provide this summary in your Zip Folder that you email to your immigration advisor.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOP:

Kearney Center Open Sessions: Join the Kearney Center on Wednesdays from 12 pm-1 pm for our Virtual Open Sessions. Kearney Center advisors will be ready to answer questions, as well as present on various topics. HERE is where you can join us! The topic for 10/07/2020: Academic advising and communicating with professors

  • 10/14/2020: University Advising - Spring 2021 registration
  • 10/21/2020: Mental health & succeeding in an online class
  • 10/28/2020: Immigration Updates
  • 11/04/2020: Finances & Budgeting
  • 11/11/2020: Social and Racial justice
  • 11/18/2020: Planning for life after graduation

Evening Workshops:

  • TOPIC: Academic Success and Communicating with Professors
    • As we approach the half-way point of the semester, the Kearney Center will be hosting an open workshop about Academic Success and Communicating with Professors this Fall 2020 semester. We will provide resources, and have an open discussion about academic success into the second part of the semester. We hope to see you at one of the workshops:

Date

Start

End

Zoom Room

10/13/2020 (TUES)

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

 https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97333561582  

10/14/2020 (WED)

5:00 PM

6:00 PM

 https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97333561582

10/15/2020 (THURS)

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

 https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97333561582

 

 

 

 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for School of Nursing Majors presentation:

  • If you are a Nursing Major and interested in learning more about how to intern off-campus using CPT, the Kearney Center and School of Nursing will be presenting during the below times on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020:  
  • CPT Info Sessions for Nursing majors:

Date

Start

End

Zoom Room

10/20/2020 (TUES)

9:00 AM 

10:00 AM

   https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97333561582

10/20/2020 (TUES)

3:00 PM 

4:00 PM  

 https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97333561582

 

IMMIGRATION UPDATES: REMINDERS

  • Remember to update your Local and Permanent address as necessary. Your Local and Permanent address in E-services should always reflect your current residence while on a student visa.
  • Reduced Course Load (RCL): If you submitted a Reduced Course Load (RCL) form this semester for the reason that it is “Last semester to complete program of study” that means that you do NOT have any courses to take beyond December 11, 2020. If that is not that case and you have courses to complete in Spring 2021, then please contact your immigration advisor immediately! You may have to register for more courses this semester so you’re complying with your F-1 status. If you need to complete an RCL Form, please make sure one gets submitted before the start of the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Need a Currently Enrolled Letter?: You can request a currently enrolled letter online. Once you submit the form, you will receive a letter within 3-5 business days. 
  • Are you graduating within this academic year (2020-2021)? If so, make sure that you apply for graduation HERE!

 

IMMIGRATION UPDATES: ADVISING

  • Immigration Advisor: Do you know who your immigration advisor is? If you do not, you can search on MavConnect under “My Success Network.” Please make sure you meet with your immigration advisor if you have any immigration-related questions.
  • This LINK will provide you with more information about how to set-up a MavConnect appointment with your immigration advisor.  
  • Please note: Immigration Advisors have emailed their advisees at the beginning of September.  

 

HEALTH INSURANCE

Spring/Summer health insurance charges have been applied to your account in e-services.  Payments are due no later than November 20, 2020.  If your payment is not received by that day, your spring 2021 courses will be dropped.  Please check your e-services and make the appropriate payment.



 

 
 

Select “Payment Toward Specific Charges”

Term: 2021 Spring   --  Student Insurance  --  check “Pay Account Balance” and click “Continue”.

 

If you are graduating in December, please send a copy of your Graduation Application Evaluation Summary to Jacy.Fry@mnsu.edu for confirmation.

 

Go to Kearney Center's COVID-19 Website

Campus Updates

 
Campus buildings are open. Please be sure to follow all safety guidelines put out by the University in the Return to Learn plan
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