COVID19 International Student Updates
On July 14, a decision was reached in the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT regarding the ICE and SEVP announcements of June 6 and 7. The U.S. government has agreed to rescind those policy statements and FAQs and allow the previously issued guidance to remain in effect. They will return to the status quo as established by the March 9, 2020 policy directive and the addendum issued on March 13, 2020. ISS will communicate in detail after we have examined the decision carefully. F-1 students are encouraged to continue checking their SIU email for an updated message from our office soon. However, with the previous guidance now in effect, international students on F-1 status will be able to keep this status for Fall 2020 provided they register for a full course load, regardless of whether these courses are in-person, hybrid, or via remote learning.
Please bear in mind this is still a fluid situation due to the nature of a global pandemic. We will continue to update this webpage with additional changes and guidance as it becomes available.
Below frequently asked questions (FAQs) specific to F-1 students will be updated as soon as possible to reflect upates for Fall 2020.
The Office of International Students & Scholars (ISS) is working to provide up-to-date information to all international students as it becomes available. We understand that there are many concerns during this time and we are working to secure answers for each of your queries. Please continue to reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you will find a compilation of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Please continue to review for updated information.
- What is the best way to contact the ISS office? (07/14/2020)
- How do I find resources and forms? How should I submit any requests to the ISS office? (07/14/2020)
- How do I obtain a signature for re-entry into the US on my I-20 or DS-2019? (07/14/2020)
- Are students from European countries impacted by the current travel restrictions? (07/22/2020)
- Can I take only online courses while in the US? (07/14/2020)
- What is my visa status while taking online classes? (07/14/2020)
- Can I leave Carbondale while I am enrolled in online courses? (07/14/2020)
- Do pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading policies impact my visa status? (07/14/2020)
- Can a student drop an online course due to dissatisfaction of the course not providing the same level of instruction? (07/14/2020)
- What if my passport is/will expire and I am still in the U.S.? What if I am unable to renew it prior to expiration? (07/14/2020)
- My visa is expired but I want to go home and come back later. Can I do this? (07/14/2020)
- How should I apply for OPT? (07/14/2020)
- I have been approved for OPT but have been unable to find a job and have used all of my unemployment. What can I do now? (07/14/2020)
- I have departed the US and will not return for at least five months. Will my visa be canceled? (07/14/2020)
- I have graduated and will not be able to depart the U.S. before the end of my grace period. How should I proceed? (07/14/2020)
- Will the fall 2020 semester be conducted by online delivery as well? (07/14/2020)
- Can electronic Forms I-20s be signed and sent to students instead of physically mailing the forms? (07/14/2020)
Archived announcement from 07/08/2020:
ISS communicated an update to F-1 students on July 8 regarding the July 6 "Broadcast Message" (PDF) from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). F-1 students are encourage to review the ISSS message in its entirety. As of July 14, this guidance has been rescinded.