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Office of International Programs

Coronavirus Updates: Stay Updated and Safe

  • July 7, 2020
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SEVP Guidance for the Fall 2020 Semester
  • July 6, 2020
    OIP Highlights of SEVP Broadcast Message
  • July 6, 2020
    COVID-19 and Fall 2020: SEVP Broadcast Message
  • June 24, 2020
    OIP Issues another Message to TAMU-Commerce International Students
    From: intl-stu-bounces@tamuc.edu [mailto:intl-stu-bounces@tamuc.edu]
    On Behalf Of International Students
    Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 4:29 PM
    To: 'Intl-stu@tamuc.edu'
    Subject: [Intl-stu] Return to Campus for Fall 2020 Semester II

    Dear International Students;

    Return to Campus for Fall 2020 Semester II

    Hope everyone is staying well and safe. For those currently in the U.S., you must be looking forward to July 4th celebrations. Please keep wearing masks and doing social distancing to protect yourself. This is very important because coronavirus, the deadly pathogen is still out there. If you are outside of the U.S. you should be preparing to return to campus in August. According to CDC guidelines, international visitors are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S.

    Classes start on August 24, 2020, meaning you need to have completed the quarantine before the first day of classes. Take time to plan your return, giving adequate time to the quarantine. The university is making plans to accommodate international students with Fall Housing contract during quarantine. If you are overseas now but does not have a Fall Housing contract, the assumption is that you have a place to quarantine upon arrival in the U.S. Dorms will also be disinfected constantly.

    Obviously in fall due to social distancing, there will be more online than face-to-face courses. Some of you have expressed anxiety about not having enough face-to-face courses than online in fall. SEVP guidance is that due to university's program alterations to accommodate CDC guidelines, international students will not be penalized if they cannot find enough face-to-face courses to register for. So don't panic. The understanding is that this is an emergency and universities are doing the best to keep students, faculty and staff safe.

    Some coaches have asked if the Office of International Programs will provide a letter to international students returning to the U.S., to show airport officials so they are not disallowed from entering the U.S. OIP has a template of the letter for coaches, faculty, advisors and others to use. Anyone can write the letter for you. In fact, we will advise that someone within your department or your coach, if you are an athlete, someone who knows you well should write it.

    Please continue to contact the U.S. Embassy closest to you abroad for guidance. Their websites will have tons of useful information too. In addition, we are here for you, so feel free to contact us if you have questions. Stay safe! Go Lions!

    Dr. Titilola Adewale, Director
    On behalf of the OIP team

  • June 23, 2020
    Suspension & Restriction of Entry into the U.S. for Certain Non-Immigrants
    The President issued a Proclamation suspending and restricting the entry of non-immigrants with certain visa types and sub-types, including H-1B, certain categories of the J-1 visa program, and L visas, from entering the United States until further notice. This proclamation only applies to prospective non-immigrants who are currently or would otherwise need to apply for one of the restricted visas via the consular process outside the United States. To access the full text of the proclamation, click on: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/
  • June 19, 2020
    OIP Issues a Message to TAMU-Commerce International Students
    From: intl-stu-bounces@tamuc.edu [mailto:intl-stu-bounces@tamuc.edu]
    On Behalf Of International Students
    Sent: Friday, June 19, 2020 12:17 PM
    To: 'Intl-stu@tamuc.edu'
    Subject: [Intl-stu] Letter to International Students

    Dear International Students,

    Return to Campus for Fall 2020 semester

    Hope summer is going well and you are staying safe. Time is moving fast and in less than two months you all will be thinking seriously and making plans to return to campus. For those in the U.S. at this time, returning to school in August is not complicated. Those who travelled home outside of the U.S. may have some hurdles to scale and that is why the Office of International Programs is contacting you so you are aware of these issues.

    Please note that if you are currently in any of the countries with U.S. Travel Warnings, there may not be direct flights to the U.S. from your home country. The areas with travel warnings are on the CDC website under Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html. Continue to monitor this website. No direct flights to the U.S. may mean travelling first to a country without U.S. Travel Warning, before flying into the U.S. Travelling to such countries may mean quarantining for 14 days before being allowed to travel to the U.S.

    According to the CDC website, international visitors are expected to also quarantine for 14 days from the time they arrive in the U.S. – Returning From International Travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html The totality of these actions may definitely make the return to the U.S. in August or earlier for student athletes very stressful. The Office of International Programs is raising awareness now so you consider these factors as you plan your return to campus in fall.

    On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, there will be a meeting on campus to discuss many issues related to international students' return to campus in August. I will keep you informed with another email on June 24, 2020. In the meantime, please liaise with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to you at home for guidance on your return to campus. Also, feel free to email me with your questions. I will be in touch on June 24th definitely. Please do the research and stay safe! Go Lions!

    Dr. Titilola (Titi) Adewale
    Director of International Programs
    On Behalf of the Office of International Programs
    Texas A&M University-Commerce
    Email: Titilola.Adewale@tamuc.edu

  • June 4, 2020
    SEVP Issues Revised Covid-19-Related FAQs
    SEVP, the Department of Homeland Security sub-agency responsible for managing F-1 student record compliance, has revised some of its Covid-19-related guidance in the form of an updated FAQ document. The updated document can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf.
  • May 26, 2020
    Suspension of Entry to United States from Brazil

    The U.S. Department of State has announced a suspension of entry into the United States for foreign nationals of all nationalities, including Brazilians, who were present in Brazil within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States. This policy, made by Presidential Proclamation and which is intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, now enters into effect 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 26, 2020.

    TAMU-Commerce students, scholars, and staff can read more here: https://br.usembassy.gov/health-alert-travel-restrictions-to-enter-the-united-states-update-to-entry-into-effect-date-to-1159-edt-may-26/

  • May 24, 2020
    U.S. Announces Travel Restrictions on Countries with Coronavirus Outbreaks

    The President's Proclamation of May 24, 2020, updates previous travel restrictions. It suspends entry into the U.S. of all non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry to the U.S.

    • People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
    • Islamic Republic of Iran
    • Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
    • United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe
    • Ireland
    • Brazil

    Please continue to monitor the news, airline travel information, and this web page for changes or updates.

  • May 18, 2020
    TAMU-Commerce President Financial Relief Grant
    From: intl-stu-bounces@tamuc.edu [mailto:intl-stu-bounces@tamuc.edu]
    On Behalf Of International Students
    Sent: Monday, May 18, 2020 4:33 PM
    To: 'Intl-stu@tamuc.edu'
    Subject: [Intl-stu] Important Message from the President Regarding Emergency Funding for International Students

    Dear Lion Family,

    As an International student of A&M-Commerce, I would like to inform you that you may be eligible for a grant if you have experienced financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    I encourage you to learn more about these funds by visiting International Relief Grant

    Stay healthy,

    Mark Rudin
    President

  • May 14, 2020
    SEVP Issues Revised Covid-19-Related FAQs
    SEVP, the Department of Homeland Security sub-agency responsible for managing F-1 student record compliance, has revised some of its Covid-19-related guidance in the form of an updated FAQ document. The updated document can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf.
  • April 30, 2020
    SEVP Issues Revised Covid-19-Related FAQs
    SEVP, the Department of Homeland Security sub-agency responsible for managing F-1 student record compliance, has revised some of its Covid-19-related guidance in the form of an updated FAQ document. The updated document can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf.
  • March 19, 2020
    US Department of State Suspension of Visa Services in Countries with Travel Warnings
    The US Department of State has suspended routine visa services at embassies and consulates in countries with travel warnings 2-4. Read more about the suspension of services here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/suspension-of-routine-visa-services.html
  • April 16, 2020
    Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders About COVID-19
  • March 17, 2020
    COVID-19: Commonly Asked Questions by F-1 Students
  • February 21, 2020
    Travel Restrictions
    As of February 21, 2020, United States has travel restrictions from the following countries.
    For more details, visit Travel Ban: NAFSA Resource page. This list will be updated as changes to restrictions are announced.
    • Iran
    • Libya
    • North Korea
    • Syria
    • Venezuela
    • Yemen
    • Somalia
    • Eritrea
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Nigeria
    • Myanmar
    • Sudan
    • Tanzania

COVID-19 Updates for Returning Students

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is committed to providing international students and scholars with the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our office, the TAMU-Commerce campus and community, US government agencies, travel, and other matters of health and safety. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve because the coronavirus is novel. Being student-oriented, Texas A&M University-Commerce is closely watching and making appropriate decisions for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. The institutional COVID-19 information can be reviewed at https://new.tamuc.edu/coronavirus/.

You are also encouraged to monitor news on coronavirus through local, state, and federal agencies for most recent information. Below is a compilation of relevant resources for your information.

The Office of International Programs empathizes with our students because the COVID-19 situation which continues to evolve may cause students anxiety and extra stress. Please be reminded that we are here for you and the following campus resources are in operations and available to students:

Welcome!

COME TO COMMERCE...AND SEE THE WORLD

Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C) is among the leading universities in Texas--it is in close proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, a major multicultural center in the U.S.; affords our students the opportunity to live in a safe and exciting community; and offers students the benefit of studying in over 100 academic programs through our five academic units: College of Business (AACSB accredited), College of Science and Engineering, College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, and the School of Agriculture.

Additionally, students studying on the main Commerce campus will have access to many new state-of-the-art facilities including the Music Building, Rayburn Student Center, MacFarland Science Building, Sports Complex, the Planetarium as well as many new on-campus residence halls.

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So why do our students choose to study at TAMU-C? Here are just a few reasons :

  • Strong academic programs

  • Smaller class sizes that allow students to get to know and  work directly with their professors

  • TAMU-C is a mid-sized university (approximately 13,000 students) able to offer genuine American academic and cultural experiences, while providing students one-on-one assistance

  • The campus is a safe, welcoming and culturally diverse community; our students come from over 50 countries

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