COVID-19 International Student FAQs

Last updated October 23, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and difficulties for all of us, but especially for our international students. The ISSO is here to support our international population. If you have questions or need help, please reach out to us.

We will continue to update this page, so please check back for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I maintain my F-1 status while taking classes while outside the United States?

I’m a prospective student for Spring 2021. Can I enter the U.S. to start my program?

I’m a new student, do I need special documents to travel?

What happens if COVID gets worse and the university needs to transition to a fully online instructional mode. How will that affect my immigration status?

If I travel internationally, will I be able to come back to the U.S.?

Will I be able to return to the United States if I am continuing my studies outside of the country as a result of COVID-19?

Can I apply for OPT from outside the U.S.?

Can I have my USCIS documents sent to the ISSO?

If I am moving to a new residential address, do I need to report it within 10 days? Where do I report?

I will graduate soon, and my plan was to return to my home country. After I graduate, I would prefer to stay in the United States for now. What are my options?

My visa is expiring, and I am unable to travel to my home country currently. What should I do?

My visa is expiring/has expired. If I leave the U.S. now, but must come back after the expiration date of my visa, will I need a new visa, or can I re-enter on an expired visa?

I am currently on CPT, OPT, or STEM OPT and my employer has asked me to work from home. What do I need to do?

I applied for U.S. Permanent Residency. Can I leave the country now?

I am facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. Can the ISSO help?