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International Faculty Services Office
Cortez Building - Suite 129
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 882-7690
Fax: (956) 882-7476
Email: Brenda.Martinez@utb.edu
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

MAINTAINING YOUR NONIMMIGRANT STATUS

B-1 Elective Students, Observers or Guest Speakers

You initial stay in the United States may be valid for an initial period of 3 to 6 months. You are permitted to pursue the activities you were invited to the University to participate in.  You are not permitted to be employed, or volunteer your services.  Making an application to the USCIS can process extensions of your stay.  The International Faculty Services Office can provide the application forms for the extension.

F-1 Students

Since the Form I-94 does not indicate an expiration date, your nonimmigrant status is valid until the end date on your Form I-20.  To maintain your status you must be enrolled in the school program indicated on the Form I-20, maintain a full course of studies and refrain from unauthorized employment.  Your Immigration Advisor in ISO will give greater details about your status to you when you arrive.  You must come directly to the International Faculty Services Office upon your arrival and attend orientation to initiate your enrollment.

H-1B Temporary Workers

You initial stay in the United States may be valid for an initial period of 1 to 3 years and the possibility of extension for another 1 to 3 years.  Approximately, 5 months prior to the expiration date on your form I-94, the University of Texas at Brownsville will need to submit a request for extension to the USCIS on your behalf.  You will be contacted at the appropriate time.   Extensions are contingent upon continued reappointment to your position at the University of Texas at Brownsville.  Please note that H-1B status employer, department and job title specific.  You will be authorized to work at the University of Texas at Brownsville.  You may not use the status to work for a different employer or to work additional hours, such as “moonlighting”. The new employer would need to file on your behalf.

J-1 Researchers

Your Form DS-2019 is sponsored and issued by the University of Texas at Brownsville.  IFSO will send a memo 6, 3 and 2 months in advance to remind you that is time to process an extension.  When your appointment is due to expire, the administrator in your department should be reminded to submit a request to renew your appointment.  At that time, IFSO will issue a new Form DS-2019 for the next year.  Please note that the maximum time permitted under the research scholar category is 3 years with a possible 6 month extension to complete an ongoing project.  If you transfers to the University of Texas at Brownsville from counted toward the maximum 3 years duration.  If you transfer to the University of Texas at Brownsville from another institution, anytime spent at another institution in the J-1 research scholar category will be counted toward the maximum 3 years duration.  If you have completed 3 years at a different institution and wish to come to the University of Texas at Brownsville for 6 months, it will not be permitted.  The 6 months is for extensions of the same activity for which you originally entered the United States, not to begin a new program.

J-1 Short-Term Scholars

Your Form DS-2019 is sponsored and issued by the University of Texas at Brownsville.  This is a special program for visits of no longer than 6 months.  Extensions are not permitted.  If you have been issued a “Short-term Scholar” DS-2019 and you know that your plans to be at UTB will require more time, please contact the IFSO immediately so we can issue to you an DS-2019 for longer term Research Program.  

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