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Rule changes impacting H-1B visa program


Published Oct. 8, 2020

Updated Oct. 21, 2020, 2:15 p.m. This week, two federal agencies — the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor — announced separate interim final rules that impact the H-1B visa program. These rule changes are separate and distinct from the recent proposed rule to replace the duration of status provision for F, J…

Message regarding proposal to replace duration of status


Published Sept. 28, 2020

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that would replace the current duration of status rule. If implemented, the most significant change would require international students to apply for an extension through the federal government after fixed terms of no more than four…

Optional Practical Training updates: fall 2020


Published Sept. 22, 2020

Credit card payments in myStatus In an effort to make applying for OPT and STEM OPT more accessible for students, International Student and Scholar Services will now accept credit card payments in myStatus for all OPT and STEM OPT processing fees. We hope this new feature will make the application process easier for students and…

Fall 2020 updates for J-1 students and scholars


Published Aug. 7, 2020

The U.S. Department of State has notified MU of the following key provisions for students and scholars in J-1 visa status for the fall 2020 semester. New J-1 students and scholars The guidance states that host institutions "should have reinstated partial to full-time classroom participation or be able to meet other formal in-person requirements before…

Office closed 10:15–11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4


Published Aug. 3, 2020

The International Center, which houses International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services and Study Abroad, will be closed 10:15–11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Anyone needing to access services from the center during that time is encouraged to email their Study Abroad or ISSS adviser.

UPDATE: SEVP clarifies guidance for fall 2020


Published July 7, 2020

Updated July 27, 2020, 2 p.m. On Friday, July 24, the Student Exchange Visitor Program provided clarification for the fall 2020 semester. This clarification highlights several issues that are favorable to international students planning to study at MU, which plans for a full in-person return to campus for fall 2020. The Show Me Renewal Plan…

Avoiding scams and fraud


Published July 1, 2020

An unfortunate but continuing trend is the increase in the number of phone and email scams targeting international students. This year, several MU students received phone calls from people impersonating the police, a law enforcement agency or a representative of a U.S. government agency. It is important to be vigilant for these scams so you…

Closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day

Three american flags hang between the stone columns on the grassy quad.

Published June 30, 2020

International Programs, along with the rest of the University of Missouri campus, will be closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day. No advising appointments or other services will be available. If you need help regarding the health and safety of an MU international student or scholar, call the MU Police Department at +1 573-882-7201, and…

Message regarding June 22 Presidential Proclamation


Published June 23, 2020

On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a new Presidential Proclamation that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 24, 2020. It suspends the entry of H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1, L-2 and certain J-1 visa holders who are currently outside the U.S. and do not have a visa that is valid on…

Message to international students and scholars from China regarding May 29 Presidential Proclamation


Published May 31, 2020

We’re writing today to express our support for you as we continue to face political, economic and health challenges in our two nations and assess the impact of recent governmental proclamations and visa policies. On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation that outlines the "suspension of entry as nonimmigrants of certain students…