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COVID-19 and Immigration Updates

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

Negative COVID-19 Test Required to Enter U.S.

Effective Jan. 26, 2021, all air passengers entering the U.S. are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than three days before boarding their flight.


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Negative COVID-19 Test Required to Enter U.S.   

Beginning Jan. 26, 2021, all passengers entering the U.S. by air must provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight, as required by the CDC

Passengers are required to get a test within three days of their departure. Written documentation of the negative test result must be provided to the airline before boarding, or the airline will not allow you to board. If you have previously been infected with COVID-19, but are no longer contagious, you can provide documentation of your recovery in place of a negative test result.

Upon arrival to the U.S., the CDC recommends that passengers get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for at least one week.

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FAQs for Newly Admitted International Students

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FAQs for Currently Enrolled International Students

Curricular/Optional Practical Training Concerns

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FAQs for Student on Post Completion OPT/STEM OPT Extension

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FAQs for International Scholars, Faculty, and Staff

Current Scholars, Faculty, and Staff

New Incoming Scholars, Faculty, and Staff

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FAQs for Departments

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Presidential Proclamations 

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DHS Proposed Rule Regarding Duration of Status

On Friday, September 25, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a proposed rule to update immigration regulations for F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors. The main focus of the proposed rule would:

  • eliminate the "duration of status" benefit;
  • require a specific date by which an individual would need to depart the United States; and
  • require students and scholars to apply for an Extension of Stay from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should additional time be needed to complete academic program requirements.

We understand the impact this rule would have on our international population. At this stage the rule is only being proposed by DHS and is subject to a 30-day public comment period which ends on October 26. Generally, comments by institutions, advocacy organizations, and individuals are taken into consideration and incorporated into what will eventually become a final rule. Because the rule could still change, we do not know what requirements the final rule will include nor when an effective date will be determined.

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General Information

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General Support for International Students and Scholars

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