General Forms for all Non-immigrant Visa Holders
- OIA Check-In Form - Required to be completed by all NEW international visitors, students, researchers, trainees or employees joining UTHealth on any non-immigrant visa or temporary Employment Authorization Document (EAD, B , F, J, H-1B, O, TN, etc.).
Change of Address:
- OIA Change of Address Instructions - Important for considering all change of address requirements in compliance with immigration regulations
- OIA Change of Address Form - Required within 10 days of address change
- USCIS - Fact Sheet about "How Do I Change my Address with USCIS?"
- USCIS Form AR-11 Change of Address -
- USCIS change your address online
- See complete USCIS change of address web page at: http://www.uscis.gov/ar-11
- OIA Check-Out-Form - Required to be completed by all foreign nationals on a non-immigrant visa when leaving UTHealth.
Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS)
DPS Announced New Residency Requirements For Driver Licenses, Identification Cards, effective May 7, 2012.
All new applicants will also be required to present two acceptable documents containing the applicant’s name and address to establish proof of residency in the state of Texas.
To meet the residency requirement for an original identification card or driver license, an applicant must:
- Reside in Texas for at least 30 days prior to application
- Present two acceptable documents establishing proof of residency, one of which must demonstrate the applicant has lived in Texas at least 30 days
The 30-day requirement is waived for applicants who surrender a valid, unexpired out-of-state driver license, but two documents establishing proof of residency are still required.
For a complete list of acceptable residency documents and additional details, please visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/residencyReqNonCDL.htm.
For a complete list of identification requirements for a Texas Driver's License or identification card visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/identificationrequirements.htm
Applying for a Driver's License or a State Identification Card - SEVP Fact Sheet, as of 01-17-2012.
Did You Know?
The Economic Benefits of International Students to the U.S. Economy Academic Year 2011-2012. International Students Contribute about $21.8 Billion to U.S. Economy
Power Point Presentations
F-1 Employment Options - presentation - March 26, 2012
SPH New International Students Orientation session presentation - Jan 5, 2012
New in The United States, the State of Texas, and/or the Texas Medical Center?
Whichever the visa status category, you will benefit from learning the following information prior to coming to the United States and as you are joining UTHealth:
- Learning about the U.S. Higher Education System in the U.S. - Education USA: Your Guide to U.S. Higher Education
- Study in the States - DHS
- The UT System
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- University student connections of interest to international students and useful for other visitors, about academics, administration, student services, student policies, student organizations, leisure and recreation, and other community services such as banking, transportation, bookstores, chapels in the TMC, driving in Houston, legal services, mail, and other services.
Visiting and living in Houston:
- Consult the Official Site of the City of Houston
- Become familiar with the Texas Medical Center (TMC)
- Find your way around the TMC
Click here for links to additional resources
Contact us for assistance related to relocating to Houston and visiting UTHealth
Social Security Administration (SSA)
Social Security Number — Information on how and when you can obtain a Social Security Number.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Tax Information for Foreign Students and Scholars — Foreigners temporarily present in the United States as students, scholars, teachers, researchers, exchange visitors, and cultural exchange visitors are subject to special rules with respect to the taxation of their income. This web page contains extensive information on the rules and requirements for those individuals.
The time to prepare a U.S. Income Tax Return is back!
Thank you CPA Mr. Mark Brockman for your workshop on
International Students and Scholars Tax
February 28, 2012
Resources from the workshop:
- Workshop Outline
- Resource handout
- Sample Tax Forms - although from 2010, the content applies
- 2012 VITA flyer - for income tax assistance at UH
Department administrators seeking information regarding visas, please contact the Office of International Affairs by calling our front desk at 713-500-3176, e-mailing us to email@example.com or contact the appropriate International Visitor Advisor /support staff.
This section provides Helpful Links to faculty and administrators in understanding visas in general and other miscellaneous topics related to foreign nationals visiting, studying, training, and working while in the U.S. in clinical, research and/or academic and teaching endeavors.
- Employment Options and Restrictions for Foreign Nationals with Non-Immigrant Visas - 2009 (power point presentation)
- ECFMG J-1 Visa Sponsorship Process Overview, for GME Program Coordinators 03.2012 - (power point presentation)
Date Calculator Tool from NAFSA for immigration processing
Case Status Online to check the status of a pending case while at USCIS, with an application Receipt Number
Visa Bulletin - summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers for family-sponsored and employment-based preferential categories
U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world.
Employment Eligibility by Nonimmigrant Classification Reference Guide - from USCIS Employer Information Bulletin 1 (March, 2005)
How Do I Hire a Foreign National for Short-Term Employment in the United States? - from USCIS E-1 Customer Guide (August 2008)
Guide for Hiring Foreign Nurses - from USCIS Employer Information Bulletin 19 - (November, 2005)
How Do I Sponsor an Employee for U.S. Permanent Resident Status? - from USCIS E-2 Customer Guide (August 2008)