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    F-1 OPT and STEM OPT Work Authorization Here to Stay

    December 3, 2020

    A little more good news to share regarding Optional Practical Training, including STEM OPT, eligibility for F-1 students. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order on Monday, November 30, 2020 that backs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules as it relates to the F-1 work benefits. Further details of […]

    Court Sets Aside DOL and DHS Interim Final Rules Impacting Prevailing Wages and H-1B Requirements

    December 2, 2020

    On December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California set aside both the Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) interim final rules which had been published on October 8, 2020. This means that the rules cannot be enforced or implemented. Read the court’s order and judgement, […]

    Premium Processing Fee Increases

    October 19, 2020

    On Wednesday, September 30, U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which provided for new and increased premium processing fees coupled with an authorized expansion of the case types eligible for premium processing.  This past Friday, October 16, USCIS announced partial implementation of the law. As a […]

    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 […]

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