Coronavirus FAQs for F-1 Visa Students

Please continue to check your email and the websites below for the most up-to-date information.

Please note that this is a dynamic situation and information is subject to change following any updates to federal regulations or guidance issued by SEVP.  We will do our best to update this FAQ as frequently as possible but please check your email and the websites listed below for the most up-to-date information.  

General Information for All International Students


We encourage students who are currently outside of the U.S. to think realistically regarding travel risks and their ability to enter the U.S. for study in Winter 2021, as ongoing travel bans and consular closures may make it impossible for some students to arrive before fall courses begin. 


New/Incoming Winter 2021 International Students


We encourage students who are currently outside of the U.S. to think realistically regarding travel risks and their ability to enter the U.S. for study in Winter 2021, as ongoing travel bans and consular closures may make it impossible for some students to arrive before fall courses begin. 


Current / Continuing International Students

SEVP has not yet issued any guidance for 2021. We will provide updated information and update our FAQs once that guidance has been issued.


  • I am a continuing F-1 international student. If all of my fall classes are held virtually, what does that mean for me?  

  • I am still in the U.S. Can I travel outside the United States over the summer and come back to the U.S. to start the fall quarter?

  • I need a travel signature on my I-20 signature. What do I do?

  • Can I complete the fall quarter virtually from outside the United States?

  • If I am outside the U.S. for 5+ months, will I need a new I-20 to return to the U.S.?  

  • Can I take off the fall quarter and continue my studies in the winter or spring 2021 quarter?  

  • How do I access services such as counseling, immigration advising etc.?  

  • It is possible for me to apply for transfer to a four-year university next year (Fall 2021 transfer) while I am in my home country during Fall 2020?  

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