International Students

  1. Candice Barker sent each of you an email asking for information regarding your travel since March, your current location, and plans for the Fall. If you have not responded to this email you MUST do so immediately.  She is still waiting to hear from some of you.
  2. The President of the United Stated continues to issue proclamations that will/could affect many of you now and in the future. Proclamations 9984, 9992 and 9993 https://hn.usembassy.gov/new-presidential-proclamation/ is likely the one that currently affects most of our international students. Until further notice (no end date is set) students from the following countries may NOT travel to the United States:
  • Brazil;
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
  1. While most embassies remain closed, we have been advised that some US Embassies are starting to open.  F-1 VISA requests have been deemed non-emergent and you will not be able to get an appointment until the offices reopen.
  2. The SEVP Office released new guidelines for the Fall 2020 semester on 7/14/2020. There are a number of new regulations regarding the Fall semester that are changes from the Spring and Summer. The new regulations document is posted here. Here are some of the most notable highlights:
  • All international students must be issued a new I-20 by August 4, 2020. The updated form will reflect the updated Fall schedule and a description of how we will offer fall classes. We will do this via email and you MUST use the new I-20 for your upcoming travel. Expect this information close to the deadline as we will want to monitor the changing situation so that additional forms will not be needed.
  • **UPDATE:  If the situation necessitates and we had to move all classes online international students MAY continue to take online courses and remain in the United States. If classes are moved online (UMO has NOT made this change as of today) and you are unable to travel back to your home country you will not face deportation and can remain in the US and finish your semester. If classes were moved online during the semester, you will be able to complete your current class schedule from outside of the US.
  1. We have been advised that the US Government is adding additional regulations to OPT and CPT requests. It is our understanding that if you do not currently have your practical training period approved, new requests will not be granted for at least the Fall 2020 semester.
  2. At this time, the University does not plan to issue a required quarantine period for students upon arriving on campus. However, there are a few new guidelines that will be instituted for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • All students are required to complete a check-in process where a temperature check and health questionnaire will be administered. You will not be allowed to move-in, access any campus facilities, or attend class until you have been cleared. If you have a fever, other COVID-19 symptoms, or have been recently exposed to a sick person, you will not be allowed to check-in or remain on campus.
  • Students will only be allowed to bring one guest with them for the check-in process. Your guest will not be allowed into the residence hall for any period of time.
  • All students will need to be prepared and have a plan to leave campus within 48 hours should we have to move classes online this Fall.

Please consult the below questions for the latest COVID-19 related guidance for international students. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

The University continues to process I-20 paperwork for all international students, there is no delay in this process.

At this time, the U.S. Department of State (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html) has temporarily suspended visa services globally; there is very limited visa appointment availability. This will hopefully change as services resume but the overall impact is still uncertain. Please continue to check with your local embassy/consulate (https://www.usembassy.gov) for updates about its operating procedures.

It is important to stay up-to-date on the list of countries whose citizens may face difficulties entering the United States; these restrictions are constantly changing as the situation develops. Please see the CDC’s webpage (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html) on travelers prohibited from entry into the United States for the most current guidance. Please also see this page for a comprehensive list of travel restrictions around the world.

Before making any travel plans, you should confirm that neither their destination nor any transit countries have put in place restrictions that could affect your itinerary. In addition, check with your airline to ensure you have the right status to make a layover in other countries.

New International Students:

New students are required to be on-campus and attending courses by Monday, August 31, 2020. If you are unable to physically arrive on-campus by that date, you will need to reach out to Candice Barker at cbarker@umo.edu for further assistance. New international students will not be permitted to enroll in the Fall 2020 semester if they cannot arrive by August 31, 2020.

Returning International Students:

Returning international students are required to arrive on campus by August 31, 2020. If you are unable to arrive on campus by that date, you MUST contact Candice Barker cbarker@umo.edu to request a late check-in date. Please remember, this is just a request and not a guarantee, as this will need approval from multiple campus officials.

The University can defer your form I-20 start date to the following Spring or Fall semester upon request. Your SEVIS ID will remain the same.

International students are required to enroll in seated courses on-campus. If an international student is unable to arrive in time for seated courses, they will need to defer their start date to the next semester.

The University does not plan to quarantine students once they arrive on campus. A screening process will be in place for all students and should you be unable to clear that process you will not be able to check into campus housing or attend class.

International students should be prepared to make alternative plans should the University need to modify the Fall semester calendar. This includes having access to extra cash for unexpected emergency issues. In addition, we strongly recommend booking round-trip, refundable flights for the Fall semester. You should investigate the airlines offering the most flexibility in booking or changing your flights before making your final reservation.

You will need a valid Visa, Passport, and I-20 document. We strongly encourage you to ensure that your documents are valid through at least May 2021. You should also bring a copy of your class schedule; admittance letter and other related document to provide additional proof of enrollment should travel restrictions remain or continue to tighten.

For additional information about your status as an international student and specific information about the Federal Government’s guidelines please refer to the following website: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/schools/additional-resources/covid-19-resources.

Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19

For additional information, please contact:

Candice Barker cbarker@umo.edu