Faculty & Scholar Announcements

Please see our faculty & scholar related announcements below: Important Update: The Department of State (DOS) has announced a new rule that permits J-1 program sponsors to digitally sign and electronically transmit the Form DS-2019 to J-1 exchange visitors. This means that effective immediately, J-1 exchange visitors can receive an electronic version of the DS-2019 via e-mail from the ISSO rather than a hard copy via express mail shipment. Upon receiving an electronically sent DS-2019, J-1 exchange visitors (including J-2 dependents) must download, print, sign, and date the DS-2019 in ink. The new rule does not allow for e-signatures by the exchange visitors.

Rescission: Requirements for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for Aircraft Passengers Traveling to the United States from the People’s Republic of China

USCIS has announced the expansion of premium processing for certain F-1 students requesting OPT/STEM OPT as well as those with E21 petitions seeking a national interest waiver (NIW). There are several factors to consider before applying so please read all instructions, processing times and fees carefully. Always consult with the ISSO staff for any needed clarifications.

The State Department plans a pilot program later this year offering visa renewal options in the US for H-1B specialty occupation workers and other temporary visa holders who are currently required to travel abroad.

USCIS Redesigns Green Card and Employment Authorization Document