COVID-19 International Student FAQs

Last updated July 28, 2020.

Please find below some answers to the immigration related questions we have recently received regarding the recent decision to move to online instruction through the end of the semester, including final exams.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

May I maintain my F-1 status while taking classes while outside the United States in fall 2020?

I’m a prospective student for fall 2020. Can I enter the U.S. to start my program of study?

Will I get a new I-20 with an updated remark?

I will be traveling to the U.S. in the coming weeks. I need an updated I-20 and a letter for the airline. How do I get these documents?

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?

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?

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

I still need to apply for OPT. Can I do this remotely from elsewhere in the U.S.? Can I do it from outside the U.S.?

What if I requested for my USCIS documents to be mailed to the ISSO? Can I still receive my documents?

If I vacate my current on or off campus residence and relocate to a new 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?

My employer registered me for H-1B lottery. Can I leave the U.S. now?

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?

Will I get a stimulus check?

What if I get a stimulus check and I should not have?

How do I amend an incorrectly filed Federal Income Tax Return?

How do I return the stimulus payment?