Recent News

    DHS Proposed Rule on Duration of Status

    September 30, 2020

    On Friday, September 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F-1 students, J-1 Exchange Visitors, and their dependents, as well as other provisions that could impact on our international visitors. This is still a proposed rule and not currently in effect, and OIS […]

    Presidential Proclamation Issued: Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak

    June 23, 2020

    President Trump just issued a Presidential Proclamation, “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,” effective immediately and until December 31, 2020. You can find a summary of this proclamation here. As it relates to our institution, this will impact: Those currently outside the U.S. […]

    Hurricane Season 2020

    June 4, 2020

    Hurricane season kicked off beginning this month and it runs through November 30th. There can be occasional outliers where a storm develops outside the traditional season but typically active storms have been captured during this period. We thought we would save you from the cheesy 80s rock music reference for another year but it is […]

    Brazil Travel Suspension

    May 27, 2020

    President Trump has issued another proclamation on May 24, 2020 that restricts travel to the United States by foreign nationals that were physically present in Brazil within a fourteen day period. What does this mean for our community? It means that a foreign national would not be able to enter the United States if they […]

    Stimulus Payments and Unemployment Benefits and Public Charge…Oh, my!

    April 29, 2020

    If you were thinking of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, specifically the “Lions and tigers and bears!, Oh, my!” scene, we understand. We are living in an extraordinary period and there has been a lot of communication and updates recently that may impact our international visitors. It can be hard to keep up with […]

    Executive Order Suspending Entry of Immigrants

    April 23, 2020

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that suspends entry of to the U.S. for immigrants. You can find a summary from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) here. First and foremost, this executive order impacts those immigrant visa applications that are outside the U.S. and applying for lawful permanent residency status (also known as […]

    University of Namibia: Potential for University-Wide Collaboration

    March 6, 2020

    Julie Wilbers, Director of International Services, and Chris Fuglestad, Education Abroad Coordinator, along with Anesthesiology faculty members Dr. Ben Wallisch and Dr. Samir Patel, and nursing faculty member Dr. Heidi Worabo, spent a week in February in Namibia exploring the potential for UT Health San Antonio collaboration with the University of Namibia. As a result […]

    Public Charge Update

    March 6, 2020

    Final Rules on Public Charge Determinations: New Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) public charge regulations were originally scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019. A preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and other district courts halted enforcement of the […]

    Important Updates from OIS – Coronavirus and Travel Ban

    February 3, 2020

    The OIS wants to bring to your attention the following two recent updates with potential impact on our international visitors: Coronavirus: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar announced a ban on foreign nationals traveling from China and quarantines for U.S. citizens coming from China. The restrictions went into effect at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on […]

    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 […]

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