Immigration Updates

First and foremost, Rice welcomes all its international students and scholars and is committed to supporting them.

We will continue to update this page with immigration updates and resources, as they develop, regarding the impact on our Rice faculty, students, and staff.

Current Hot Topics

Executive Actions Related to COVID-19 from the Current Administration

Immigration Executive Actions from the Current Administration

Additional Resources

Best Practices – Experiences shared by Rice Internationals

  • An international scholar on an H-1B visa was asked to present a passport at the security check of a domestic flight. Although you may sometimes be able to board domestic flights with a state ID or driver license, you should always carry your passport and other immigration documents with you when traveling outside of Houston.

To share an experience and/or best practice suggestion, please email

All of Rice University, including the highest levels of our administration, continue to support all international students, scholars, faculty, and staff. To read President Leebron's Message to the Rice Community regarding President Trump's original Travel Ban Executive Order, please click here.