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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 see UT’s Fall 2020 re-opening plan.  

On Friday, September 25, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a proposed rule to eliminate the “duration of status” benefit for F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors. ISSS advisors are available to support you with any questions you may still have. Please contact us for assistance.


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July 2020 Policy Changes to Requirements for F-1 Students

Communications

Concrete Steps to Support International Students
Message from Daniel Jaffe, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
July 12, 2020

New International Student Guidelines
Message from Daniel Jaffe, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
July 7, 2020

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP): F-1 Status Immigration Update
Message from Sonia Feigenbaum, Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement/
Chief International Officer
July 7, 2020

Texas Global ISSS Fall 2020 Town Hall

This is a recording of the virtual town hall which took place in July 2020 for international students at The University of Texas at Austin.

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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

Travel

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Taxes

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General Support for International Students and Scholars

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