Summary: DATE: July 28, 2004
Chief Fiscal Officers
FROM: Raymund A. Paredes
SUBJECT: 2004 Update on Visas for Non-Citizen Students
Enclosed you will find a list of visas allowing non-citizens to domicile in the
United States. This is a revision of the memo "Update of Visas for Non-Citizen
Students" dated July 29, 2002 issued by Commissioner Don Brown.
Since the 2002 update, the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) has replaced INS and new visa classifications have been added.
The N-8 and N-9 categories were created to accommodate parents, children and
spouses of those with "special immigrant" status, permitting these individuals to
establish domicile for tuition purposes after proving they have resided in Texas for
the requisite one year.
Two new nonimmigrant student visa categories, F-3 and M-3, were created
by the Border Commuter Student Act of 2002, which was signed into law November
2, 2002 and took effect on August 11, 2003. These classifications are for Canadian
and Mexican citizens who study part-time in the United States, but who live in their
home country and commute to academic or vocational classes in the United States.