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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.

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 COVID-19 Vaccination Required to Enter U.S.

Beginning Nov. 8, 2021, all passengers entering the United States by air must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to board their flight into the country. The list of approved vaccines, the types of acceptable proof, and the definition of “fully vaccinated” can be found on the CDC website.

Additionally, non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to enter the United States via land for non-essential travel, such as tourism, starting on November 8, 2021. Non-citizen travelers must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and verbally attest to their non-essential travel and COVID-19 vaccination status. At this time, individuals engaged in essential travel, such as for work and study, are not required to be vaccinated if entering by land.

Beginning January 2022, all foreign travelers entering the United States, whether for essential or non-essential travel, must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test

Additionally, 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 one day 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. Please review the CDC website for specific details.

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.

There is not a COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers entering the United States at land border ports of entry.

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