COVID-19 Modifications for International Student Services
International House Operations
International Student Services (ISS) Programs and Services
- ISS staff is conducting routine immigration advising appointments via Zoom.
- Documents can be sent electronically and/or via campus mail.
- Programs and activities will be offered in-person and virtually.
- Friendship Family Program activities will be held virtually.
- ISS continues to support student organization programs and activities, provided they follow institutional guidelines.
Immigration Compliance for F-1 Students
Winter Term 2021:
SEVP has confirmed in a statement that schools are to continue to follow the policy directive and guidance from Fall 2020. If new regulatory guidance from SEVP is released, ISS will notify F-1 students of any updates or changes. ISS issued a memo about the statement via e-mail to all active F-1 students on December 29, 2020.
On-Going Procedural Adaptations:
- F-1 students coming to the U.S. in initial (new) status after March 9, 2020 planning to be on campus/in the United States, are expected to enroll and attend at least one in-person or hybrid class (such as UNIC 116 or other in person classes) each term.
- Continuing F-1 students (active in SEVIS on March 9, 2020) can enroll in unlimited online courses and do NOT need to have an in-person class, regardless of if they are located in the United States or abroad for Winter Term 2021.
- All other standard F-1 regulations must be followed in order to maintain status. The ISS Moodle Page has a variety of immigration presentations and materials available for review.
- Arrival to campus: Active students may choose to carry the memo ISS Arrival Memo - Winter 2021signed by ISS staff.
- As always, immigration questions can be directed to Associate Dean of Students for International Student Services, Leah McSorley via e-mail, phone, or by scheduling a personal appointment.