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Volume 11 Number 2, February 2008


New H-1B Verification Process at U.S. Consulates

All US Consulates are now required to verify that an H-1B petition has been approved through a new process called PIMS (Petition Information Management Service), before issuing an H-1B visa.  There may be delays of one or two days because of this new requirement. The Form I-797 approval notice will still be needed to make a consular appointment but the form itself is no longer sufficient proof that a non-immigrant visa petition has been approved by USCIS.


Volunteer With Visiting International Students

The Office of International Students and Scholars invites you to take part in two exciting volunteer opportunities.

  • Community Friends matches Yale international students with local “hosts” who provide an introduction to U.S. culture and to the New Haven area. Hosts and students keep in touch throughout the academic year and meet occasionally to share a meal or activity, planting the seeds for a potentially life-long friendship.
  • One-on-One Conversations matches international students, scholars, and their spouses/partners at Yale with volunteers from the New Haven and Yale communities for language and culture exchange.  Conversation partners begin with a four-week commitment for one hour a week at a mutually convenient time. 

Call (203) 432-2305 or e-mail abigail.borchert@yale.edu for more information.