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    Premium Processing Fee Increase

    January 5, 2024

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 28, 2023, that the premium processing fee would increase due to inflation. The new premium processing fee rates are effective February 26, 2024. Applications/Petitions that are filed on or after February 26th requesting premium processing will need to adhere to the new fee rate. The below […]

    Electronic Signatures Now Acceptable on the Form I-983

    October 18, 2023

    As of September 18, 2023, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently updated their instructions for the Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students to permit electronic signatures by the student and their employer. Typed signatures are not allowed. The only acceptable signatures for the Form I-983 are any of the following: Wet […]

    Potential Government Shutdown and the Impact on Immigration at UTHSA

    September 27, 2023

    If you have not been keeping up with the U.S. news recently, there is a potential government shutdown that may go into effect on October 1, 2023 if Congress is unable find common ground on a budget. So, what does this mean for our international students, scholars, and faculty members and to our hosting/hiring units […]

    COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements End for Travelers to the U.S.

    May 11, 2023

    The Biden Administration has announced this past May 1st that effective May 12th, all air travelers coming to the United States are no longer required to show that they have had the COVID-19 vaccine administered. In addition, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also end their COVID-19 requirements on May 12th at ports of […]

    Good News for H-4 Dependents

    February 21, 2023

    Time to share a little positive news for H-4 dependents. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has returned to adjudicating dependent applications (Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) that are filed concurrently with the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. What does this mean for our current […]

    Tips and Tricks of Avoiding Filing Delays

    January 12, 2023

    We hope you all had a great holiday break and are ready to celebrate the start of this new year with a bang! With more of us embracing our electronic environment, electronic filing has become a great option for submitting many online applications. However, not everyone has fully transitioned from paper filing to electronic filing […]

    CDC Implementing New COVID-19 Test Requirements for Air Travelers from China

    December 30, 2022

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement new COVID-19 travel test requirements effective January 5, 2023, at 12:01 AM ET. All air passengers flying directly from China, Hong Kong, and Macau to the United States will need to have a negative COVID-19 test two days prior to their departure. This requirement will […]

    Travel Season is Just Around the Corner

    November 3, 2022

    The countdown to winter break is approaching. Regardless if you are traveling back home or visiting elsewhere, it is best to plan ahead to avoid last minute hurdles. The next several months consist of peak holiday travel. The OIS wants to remind all international visitors to plan accordingly. Make sure you carefully review their immigration […]

    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! Time to Update OIS

    October 3, 2022

    The OIS team wants to remind you that there are times when you need to update our office as it relates to your immigration status. Changing your status from your current visa to another visa category Email your OIS advisor regarding the update and they will let you know the appropriate next steps to take. […]

    U.S. Citizens Need to Check Their Passports

    July 26, 2022

    During the pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was temporarily allowing U.S. citizens that were abroad to re-enter the U.S. with an expired passport due to lengthy processing times. CBP now requires that all U.S. citizen to have an unexpired U.S. passport upon re-entry to the United States as of July 1, 2022. Any […]

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