The ISSO provides information about immigration policy updates and what it means to
our non-immigrant students and scholars.
Frequently asked questions page for current students on COVID-19 and your immigration status.
Frequently asked questions page for new/transfer students on COVID-19 and your immigration status.
ADVISORY FOR ALL NON U.S. CITIZENS
CARRY YOUR IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS AT ALL TIMES.
For F-1 students take your original I-20, a copy of your passport, your student ID
and your I-94 print off with you.
For all other non-citizens, if available, please carry proof of your legal status
in the U.S. such as Legal Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), I-797 approval receipt
notice, Employment Authorization Document (EAD card), etc. Keep your original passport
in a safe place. Learn more.
Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs)
On June 29, 2021, the Department of State extended the validity of National Interest
Exceptions (NIE) for travelers subject to restrictions under Presidential Proclamations
(PPs) 9984, 9992, 10143, 10199, and similar subsequent PPs related to the spread of
COVID-19. Unless otherwise indicated, existing NIEs will be valid for 12 months from
the date of approval and for multiple entries, as long as they are used for the purpose
under which they were granted.
Travel Restrictions: Exception for international students & scholars
Although travel restrictions are still in place for several countries (see Entry Restrictions
for certain Geographic areas below for the countries in question), F-1 students and
J-1 Exchange Visitors are eligible for a National Interest Exception (NIE).
- If the student or scholar will be applying for a visa, the embassy or consulate should
indicate "National Interest Exception" or "NIE" on the visa sticker.
- If the student or scholar already has a valid visa, they will be granted the NIE upon
arrival in the U.S.
- Please note that students and scholars traveling from these countries that will require
an NIE should NOT return to the US more than 30 days before the start of the Fall 2021 term. In other words, students or scholars should only return to the U.S. from July 31,
2021 onwards. This is because the guidance applies to students who are beginning or
continuing programs that begin after August 1, 2021.
Negative COVID-19 test required for all those flying to U.S.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the U.S. to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken
within 3 calendar days of departure.
- Even if you have received the vaccine, you are still required to show a negative test
before your flight.
- Please see CDC's FAQs on the topic.
Entry Restrictions for certain Geographic areas
A January 25, 2021 Proclamation by President Biden continues the 14-day U.S. entry restrictions on individuals who
were recently present in the following list of countries. Travelers who have been
in any of these countries in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter the U.S.
- European 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, Switzerland, Monaco,
San Marino, Vatican City)
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa (added 01/30/2021)
- India (added 4/30/2021)
Those with other visa categories should review the announcement to determine if they
are eligible for entry to the U.S.
SEVP rescinds July 6 guidance and July 7 FAQ
Update 07/14/2020 * guidance carries for spring 2021
On July 14, the Student Exchange and Visitor Program rescinded its July 6 guidance and July 7 FAQ. Universities may continue to follow the SEVP guidance of March 9, 2020 and March 13, 2020.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) information about applying for DACA.
1/13/2018 USCIS resumes accepting DACA renewal applications: Due to a federal court
order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA. DACA operate on the terms
in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.
USCIS updated memorandum on DACA
Immigration Scam Alert
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a immigration fraud alert (PDF). Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have
altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS Office of Inspector
General (OIG) hotline (1-800-323-8603).