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

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

ARCHIVED NEWS 

ICE rescinds immigration order affecting F-1 international students

Washington, July 14, 2020 – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed to rescind the guidance issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on July 6, 2020, which would have banned nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online from remaining in the U.S. while taking a full online course load. Click here to read more.

Broadcast Message: Fall 2020 Guidance (July 2020) 

July 6, 2020 - Temporary procedural adaptations related to online courses permitted by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) during the height of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis will be modified for the fall 2020 semester. Click here to read more.

Deciding Whether to Return to Your Home Country During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During this unprecedented time, A&M-SA wants you to be where you will feel most comfortable in the coming weeks. Classes will be held remotely the remainder of the semester and you will receive further information in the coming weeks as to how final exams will be administered.

The Office of International Affairs has confirmed international students may temporarily take their classes online during A&M-SA's period of modified instructional format, either from within the U.S. or outside the country without impacting their immigration status. International students are still required to maintain a full course load during this temporary transition to online instruction. They should not fall below the full course requirement unless they have been permitted to do so.

If you choose to return to your home country, please keep in mind that international travel is in a fluid state, and new travel restrictions could arise at any moment. In the event you cannot return to A&M-SA from your home country, your academic program will assess your options.

If you decide to travel to your home country but still need a travel signature, you may request a reprint of your I-20 and we will mail it to you either in the U.S. or to your home country. Travel signatures are valid for one year, so please check your current I-20 before requesting a new one.

Department of State Suspends Routine Visa Services at all U.S. Embassies & Consulates

March 19, 2020 - The Department of State has announced that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be suspending routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and Consulates. Click here to read more.

Global Level 4 Health Advisory issued by the Department of State

March 19, 2020 - The Department of State has announced that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be suspending routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and Consulates. Click here to read more.

Country-Specific Information related to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 - The Department of State has a list available with specific information related to COVID-19 in that country. The list also provides entry and exit requirements, quarantine information, and links to local resources for each country. Click here to read more.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio continues to stay open. We strongly encourage everyone to practice social distancing. At this time, all classes have moved online from March 23, till the end of the semester. Please email international.affairs@tamusa.edu or call us at (210) 784-1309 if you need assistance.