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Updates Regarding COVID-19

On July 24, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that schools and students are allowed to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) would like to offer some context through the frequently asked Questions (FAQ). Please the tab below to find the current FAQ.

CURRENT NEWS 

August 04, 2020: Effective October 2, 2020, new filing fees will be implemented by the USCIS to help meet their operation needs. See table below for fee updates:

Visa Category

Current Fee

New Fee

H-1B

$460

$555

O-1

$460

$705

TN

$460

$695

EAD (OPT)

$410

$550

Additionally, the USCIS will now issue premium processing decisions within 15 business days rather than 15 calendar days.

July 24, 2020: Broadcast Message: Follow-up: ICE continues March guidance for fall school term. Click here for more information.  

               

ARCHIVED NEWS

August 4 - USCIS Announces Fee Increases and Process Changes

July 14 - ICE rescinds immigration order affecting F-1 international students

July 7 - FAQ from ICE about Guidance for the Fall 2020 Semester (no longer applies) 

July 6 -Temporary exemption for Non-Immigrant Student for Fall 2020

July 6 - COVID-19 and Fall 2020: SEVP Broadcast Message

Past News

July 8 - Harvard, MIT Sue to Over Rule Blocking some foreign Students 

July 8 - International students at Texas universities can't return without in-person classes

July 8 - Updated Visa Guidelines International Students Should Know

Our Mission

The Office of International Affairs' (OIA) mission is to enrich and foster the educational and work experience of Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s international community. The OIA serves as a welcoming presence for A&M-SA's international students, and international faculty. The OIA is the institutional resource that facilitates and oversees the lawful immigration status of foreign nationals and non-U.S. citizens who seek to enter the U.S. to receive an education, or to work at A&M-SA while protecting the integrity of the institution through compliance with state, local, and federal regulations.

OIA Services

The OIA offers services to both international students and foreign faculty such as:
  • Immigration advising for various non-immigrant visa categories, e.g., F-1, J-1, TN
  • H-1B visa immigration advising
  • Facilitate with employment-based permanent residency sponsorship
  • Manage International student health insurance
  • Provide information, resources, and support for DREAMERs
  • Act as a liaison for institutional departments and government agencies
  • Cultural events/programming

Institutional Updates

Important Dates
August 3 Tuition & fee payment deadline for students registered prior to July 31
August 18 Convocation
August 20 Classes Begin
September 4 Census Date
November 25-28 Thanksgiving Holiday-NO CLASSES
December 7-12 Final Examinations
December 12 End of Fall Semester