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    How to Contact the Office of International Services?

    April 29, 2021

    Who do I talk to?   If you aren’t working specifically with an advisor, and you don’t know who that is, contact We monitor this account multiple times a day. Keep in mind that we are hear to assist you in any way we can. Of course, if you have a question related to […]

    Visa Appointment Cancellations in India

    April 29, 2021

    Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in India, the US Embassy and Consulates have issued a notice that they are cancelling visa appointments through May 15th in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. Cancelled appointments are not being rescheduled at this time. Emergency appointments will be conducted but will be reliant on available staff. The US […]

    F-1 Students have Option to File I-765 Online

    April 29, 2021

    On April 12th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students applying for optional practical training will now be permitted to file their Form I-765, Application for Work Authorization, online for specific categories. The only categories that are currently permissible for F-1 students to file are for the following: (c)(3)(A): Pre-Completion OPT (c)(3)(B): […]

    Time to Hang Up!

    April 28, 2021

    It is always in season unfortunately for scammers to coax their victims to do their bidding. The Office of International Services wants to remind everyone to stay vigilant. We all receive unsolicited calls, emails, and post mail (also referred to as “mailers”). Not everything is a scam but that is where we need to use […]

    Public Charge Rule Goes Bye-Bye

    March 12, 2021

    Last April, our office alerted the community and our constituents that under the previous administration, the Public Charge Rule was in effect. This ruling requested information to be provided by beneficiaries/applicants who sought specific immigration classifications as it related to whether or not they and any of their applicable dependents received public benefits. Based off […]

    Refrain from International Travel

    February 2, 2021

    It’s another blog post on international travel. We want to update and to reiterate to our community that future international travel within the next several months should be cancelled/delayed. The Office of International Services (OIS) truly sympathizes with you when it comes to desiring to visit family/friends/loved ones and/or to just plain get away. Traveling […]

    Hold off on International Travel

    January 25, 2021

    The OIS wants to remind the international community that we discourage international travel at this time. This has been the case since last February 2020 due to the pandemic (see: Important Updates from OIS – Coronavirus and Travel Ban). The continued impacts of traveling internationally for our international visitors is still great, even though some […]

    Negative COVID-19 Test Results Required for All International Air Passengers Entering the U.S.

    January 13, 2021

    Beginning January 26th, all inbound travel to the United States by air will now require passengers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test three days prior to flying to the U.S. Outside of international visitors traveling to the U.S., this condition is also applicable to passengers that are citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United […]

    DHS Rule to Allocate H-1B Visas to Highest Paying Jobs takes Effect

    January 11, 2021

    This past January 8th, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register (see Final Rule) a final rule prioritizing allocation of H-1B visas according to the wage level of the offered position. How does this apply to UT Health SA’s ability to submit H-1B petitions to USCIS? Well, it […]

    Scam Alert: Targeting Student and Exchange Visitors

    December 11, 2020

    We have received notice of a potential scam that is targeting F-1 students and J-1 Exchange Visitors. Scammers are using SEVP Response Center (SRC) phone numbers (703-603-3400 and 800-892-4829) and posing as SEVP representatives when calling their potential victims. They are asking questions about the Form I-94 and requesting that students send money. DO NOT […]

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