Blog


I-94 Record Checks

Our office has recently seen an increase in cases of students with incorrect electronic I-94 records. The I-94 is the Arrival and Departure Record issued by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer to foreign visitors entering the United States. We are asking that all international students take a moment to check their I-94 online at Read More →


International Family Newsletter – July

The goal of the newsletter is to help spouses gain information that will improve their knowledge and understanding of the US and Texas A&M University. In this month’s issue, we provide some fun easy summer activities, upcoming events in Bryan and College Station, a brief history of July 4th etc. You can read the latest issue at  Read More →


Nationwide Internet Scams

College students are quickly becoming the targets of online roommate and rental scams nationwide. Typically, these scammers will respond to roommate or sublet ads placed online in an effort to take your money and commit fraud.

 
  Untitled-(1).png Read More →


Summer Break Working Hours May 2017

This is a reminder message for the campus community regarding on-campus employment of international students. Due to confusion on these issues, International Student Services (ISS) has worked with Payroll, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS), and the Registrar to clarify the information and to provide answers to frequently asked questions.


International Student Services moving February 6 and is closed February 6 - 12

International Student Services is scheduled to move back to the first floor of the Pavilion during the week of February 6, 2017. The office will be closed February 6, 2017 and will re-open to the public on February 13, 2017. The logistics and timing of the move require ISS to operate with very limited services.

During the week of the mo...


International Student Services moving September 19 and is closed September 19 - 26

International Student Services is scheduled to move to Bizzell Hall West (second and third floors) during the week of September 19.  The office will be closed September 19 and will re-open to the public on September 27.  The logistics and timing of the move require ISS to operate with very limited services.  ISS is scheduled to return to the Pavilion once renovat...


Summer Vacation Employment for International Students in F-1 or J-1 immigration status

This is a reminder message for the campus community regarding on-campus employment of international students.  Due to confusion on these issues, International Student Services (ISS) has worked with Payroll, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS), and the Registrar to clarify the information and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. 
 
&n...


ISS Closed for Processing Day - May 5

International Student Services (ISS) will be closed on Thursday, May 5th to allow all staff time to get caught up on processing documents for international students. Our front counter will not be open for walk-in traffic, advisors will not be taking student appointments, and we will not be answering the phones...


International Students and Q-Drop: Deadline April 19, 2016

With the Q-Drop deadline approaching, ISS would like to remind academic advisors that international students on F-1 and J-1 visas must be in full-time status at all times, or have received a Reduced Course Load (RCL) approval through ISS before Q-dropping.



Do not become a scam victim or identity theft victim

You may receive a call from someone who claims to work for the United States government, for example, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Sometimes, they will claim to be from local law enforcement.  They will demand that a student pay money and/or give personal information immediately.&...


STEM OPT Regulations

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security has issued the final fules for "Improving and Expanding Training Opportunties for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students; Final Rule." The regulations will go into effect May 10, 2016. International Student Services (ISS) will update its forms and website after Spring Break (Ma...


SEVP Announces New Procedure for Form I-515A Noncompliance

Effective April 1, 2016, SEVP will send notices to individuals that have not complied with the I-515A procedure. Please refer to this website for additional information about this:

https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/201...


Spring Break Employment for International Students in F-1 or J-1 immigration status

This is a reminder message for the campus community regarding on-campus employment of international students.  Due to confusion on these issues, International Student Services (ISS) has worked with Payroll, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) and the Registrar to clarify the information and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. 
 
...


Important Changes in new international student I-20/DS-2019 Processing

International Student Services (ISS) is implementing changes to the new student I-20 (F-1 visa) and DS-2019 (J-1 visa) process. 

 

Upload Documents to AIS

Read More →


International Student Services moving September 21

International Student Services is scheduled to move to the first floor of the Pavilion during the week of September 21.  The office will be closed September 21 and will re-open to the public on September 28.  The logistics and timing of the move require ISS to operate with very limited services.  Because of the short turn-around period for the move, ISS will have a temporary set ...


Bus Trip to Austin

Fantastic opportunity to get out of town and see some of the hip city of Austin!

The Department of Multicultural Services is organizing a Cultural Day Trip to Austin on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Cost is $10 per person, payable at registration. Participation is limited to 50 people, and students and their spouses can join.

For details, check Read More →


TAMU Student Health Insurance Notification

HOWDY!

If you have graduated and will not register for fall 2015 term, please disregard this message.

Welcome to policy year 2015-2016 of the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for Texas A&M University.  Academic HealthPlans (AHP) administers the SHIP.  SHIP is underwritten by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas.  AHP’s web sit...


TAMU Galveston Health Insurance Notification

HOWDY!

If you have graduated and will not register for fall 2015 term, please disregard this message.
Welcome to policy year 2015-2016 of the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for Texas A&M University.  Academic HealthPlans (AHP) administers the SHIP.  SHIP is underwritten by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas.  AHP’s web site is loc...


Urgent Information from International Student Services

 
Global visa delays caused by technical problems
The Department of State’s computer system for issuing visas is suffering from a severe “technical glitch” and they have not been able to issue any visas lately.  This means that anyone applying for a new or a renewal of their visa will have problems and will be delayed.  The Departm...


Travel Signature Day for International Students

International Student Services has scheduled travel signature day sessions for students who will be traveling this semester and during the summer break.  The sessions will be held at International Student Services.  Students who are planning to travel outside of the U.S., and who currently have an I-20 or DS-2019 re-entry signature endorsement expiring within the next 3 months or less...


Spring Break Employment for International Students in F-1 or J-1 status

This is a reminder message for the campus community regarding on-campus employment of international students.  Due to confusion on these issues, International Student Services (ISS) has worked with Payroll, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) and the Registrar to clarify the information and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. 
 
&nb...


Launch of New International Student Services Website

International Student Services (ISS) new website is live. We are excited about the changes that have been made and will continue to improve the functionality and content. We are aware that many departments have linked to the ISS website, which will need to be updated.  We will use google analytics to determine which sites link to the ISS website and will contact the departments.
...