The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) would like to reiterate its support for international scholars in our community. Recent changes implemented by the new administration may have affected some of our members, resulting in undue hardship. In response, many people may feel motivated to act by participating in marches, protests, and demonstrations organized across the United States and around the world. However, choosing to participate in these events carries increased risks for our international members, and certain actions may compromise their visa status. Therefore, the NPA encourages all of its members to consider alternative ways in which they can advocate on behalf of the research and postdoctoral communities.
We also want our members to be aware that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend H-1B premium processing for six months beginning April 3, 2017 (https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-will-temporarily-suspend-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions). All H-1B petitions will now have a processing time of 6 -12 months in contrast to the previous timeline of 15 calendar days required for premium processing. As a result, applications for new positions or any renewals while in a current position will require longer lead times. If you are someone who is affected by this rule, please contact your local postdoctoral office, department administration, or supervisor to seek advice and plan accordingly. The NPA will continue to monitor and provide updates on how these new changes will affect the productivity of the research and scientific community.
NPA Board of Directors and the International Officers