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COVID-19 and Immigration Updates

Texas Global's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is providing virtual advising support and facilitating immigration requests through myIO For information about university operations, please visit the Protect Texas Together website.

Electronic Signatures on Forms I-20 Now Permanently Accepted

 

On Nov. 1, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published guidance formally confirming that electronically signed and issued I-20s will be acceptable moving forward. Initially, the permission to sign and issue I-20s electronically to F-1 students and their dependents was temporary due to COVID-19. Because of the success of electronic delivery methods, SEVP has decided to formally adopt the use of electronic signatures and I-20 issuance on a permanent basis. This is a positive development for F-1 students and their dependents who can continue to receive I-20s by email. SEVP has coordinated with other government agencies to ensure that electronically issued and signed I-20s (printed and physically signed by the student) will be acceptable for visa interviews, entry into the U.S., or any other situation where presenting an I-20 is required.

ISSS Services for Students

ISSS has been receiving a high volume of emails and calls for requests of student immigration documents and advising support. We understand that many of you are concerned about upcoming immigration deadlines. See ISSS Processing Times to view specific information about CPT, STEM OPT, Initial I-20s, and general information about email inquiries.  


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Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required

The CDC has lifted their COVID-19 test requirement for entry into the U.S. As of June 12, 2022, passengers traveling to the U.S. are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight to the U.S.

There is no COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers entering the United States at land border ports of entry.

 

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