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    Tis the Season, that is the “Travel Season”

    November 14, 2019

    The travel season has arrived! The next several months are full of holidays that are celebrated across the globe and not to mention that some people just want to get away and enjoy a beautiful remote beach. As we keep this in mind, the OIS wants to remind all international visitors that they should carefully […]


    Revised Postdoc Policy Forthcoming

    August 1, 2019

    Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Faculty, and Administrative Staff The Executive Committee of the UT Health San Antonio has recently approved new policies for postdoctoral research fellows effective September 1, 2019 with full implementation by January 1, 2020. Important features of the policy are summarized below: Define postdoctoral research fellow / establish minimum salary < 5 years […]


    Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Card Delays

    July 31, 2019

    There are major delays currently with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issuing employment authorization document (EAD) cards. This should not be news to anyone who has been staying on top of the EAD card delays with USCIS. Processing times are hitting the five-month marker. We understand that some of our current students who have […]


    U.S. Department of State to Collect Social Media Information

    June 11, 2019

    The next time you need to apply for a visa, be prepared to provide all personal social media accounts that have been used within the last five years effective May 31, 2019. The U.S. Department of State is requiring that you release your username/handle for all accounts, but not your password. This new requirement applies […]


    Hurricane Season 2019

    June 7, 2019

    If you are listening to the Scorpions, “Rock you Like a Hurricane” then you got good taste in music and you probably know that it is hurricane season. Nothing to be alarmed of at this time but we want to remind you that the hurricane season officially began on June 1st and typically runs through […]


    I-901 SEVIS Fee Increase

    May 22, 2019

    It’s been confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to officially increase their fees that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) charges to those needing to enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status (minus J-1 au pairs). These fees are effective June 24, 2019. I-901 Fees F-1 J-1 Current New […]


    Scam Alerts

    May 21, 2019

    Don’t get fooled into falling for a scam! Unfortunately, scams are happening ever day and not just to you, but to all of us. We in the OIS also receive multiple scams via email to our personal and work email accounts and to our phones. The scam methods are becoming even craftier than before and […]


    Update on New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence

    May 13, 2019

    This is an update to the New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence post by OIS. A group comprising of a few colleges and universities, a teachers union, an international student club, and a couple of students banded together to file a lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) back in October 2018 (Guilford College […]


    No Advisors Available May 28th – 31st

    May 8, 2019

    All immigration advisors will be out of the office from May 28th through May 31st at our national association’s annual conference. In addition, that Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day and the University will be closed in observation of the holiday. Therefore, we urge you to submit any inquiries or requests, including travel signature requests, […]


    CBP Update: Alphanumeric I-94s Arrival/Departure Records

    April 25, 2019

    Effective this May 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be adjusting the I-94 number once it is issued to international travelers. Currently, the formatting of an I-94 number includes 11 digits and is comprised of only numbers. Starting this May, the I-94 number will become alphanumeric. The I-94 will remain 11 characters in length […]


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