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Fall 2020 Online Instruction and F-1 visas update:

Below is an outline of what 100% online instruction means for students in different situations per the current SEVP guidance for F-1 students for Fall 2020. If you are in a unique situation not outlined here, please contact the Pulliam Center staff to discuss further.

STUDENTS CURRENTLY ABROAD with INITIAL STATUS SEVIS RECORDS

your I-20 will have "FORM ISSUE REASON- INITIAL ATTENDANCE" or "FORM ISSUE REASON- TRANSFER PENDING"

VISA and TRAVEL:

  • Under the current SEVP guidance, new or Initial F-1 students whose courses will be completely online will likely not be able to obtain an F-1 visa or be granted entry to study in the United States. These students should remain in their home country. We will defer your SEVIS record start date to January and reissue you a new I-20 sometime this fall. If you have already obtained a visa, you should be able to use it for entry in January with a new I-20 form.

STUDY:

  • You have the option take courses online from abroad. Your current courses should automatically convert to an online format. If the class meeting times pose a challenge for you, please contact your studentsuccess@queens.edu to discuss options.
  • If you decide to defer your enrollment to Spring, please contact your Admission counselor.

 

STUDENTS CURRENTLY ABROAD with ACTIVE STATUS SEVIS RECORDS

your I-20 will have "FORM ISSUE REASON- CONTINUED ATTENDANCE"

STUDY:

  • The current SEVP guidance allows students in Active status who are enrolled full-time in online courses abroad to remain in Active status. Your current courses should automatically convert to an online format. If the class meeting times pose a challenge for you, please contact studentsuccess@queens.edu to discuss options.
  • If you choose not to enroll online or only enroll part-time, we will need to terminate your SEVIS record for an Authorized Early Withdrawal.
    • As mentioned in earlier emails, if this situation applies to you please email international@queens.edu with an AEW request.
    • When you are ready and able to return to the US, the Pulliam Center will work with you to create a new SEVIS record for you and you will pay I-901 fee again (currently $350) before returning.
    • When you have a new SEVIS record, you will have to study for a full academic year before you are eligible for CPT or OPT.

TRAVEL:

  • Per President Lugo's email on July 31st, we will not have a residential experience this fall so we encourage you to remain home if possible.
  • If you are an off-campus resident, it is your decision whether you want to try to return to the US or not. Theoretically, Active status students who are not otherwise subject to a travel ban should be allowed to enter, but entry is always gratned at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection agent at the Port of Entry. Please be aware that you assume this risk if you decide to travel.

 

STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN THE US

Students with Active status SEVIS records or those who are Transferring or starting a new degree program who are in the US (your I-20 will have "FORM ISSUE REASON- CONTINUED ATTENDANCE" or "FORM ISSUE REASON- TRANSFER PENDING" OR "FORM ISSUE REASON- CHANGE OF EDUCATOIN LEVEL")

STUDY:

  • F-1 students may remain in the United States and in Active SEVIS status if they are enrolled full-time in online courses, or have been authorized for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) because they are graduating this semester, and do not violate any terms of their F-1 status. This includes students who have remained in the U.S. in active status and are starting a new program of study that is 100 percent online (transfers from other institutions or students moving from Bachelors programs to Masters programs).
  • Please note that if you do not enroll full-time or have an RCL authorization, your SEVIS record will be terminated and you will have to leave the US immediately.

HOUSING:

  • On-campus residents: Per President Lugo's email on Junly 31st, we will not have a residential experience this fall. You should explore alternate living arrangements for the fall (either off-campus or at home).
  • Off-campus residents: as long as you are enrolled full-time, you are fine to remain in the US. If your residential address changes, you must report this to international@queens.edu so we can update your SEVIS record.

 


​​Questions You Might Have

​What are Queens and the​ MPCIE doing to advocate for international students?

  • ​We advocate for our international student population on a campus, community, and national level by continuing to offer education and advising for internal and external partners regarding the complex matters that face the international population. As members of NAFSA, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to international education, and the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we stay abreast of best practices, trends, and developments in the field and have access to the latest information regarding F-1 visa holder issues.

Where can I find more information on immigration issues?

Where can I find support if I feel stressed or anxious?
  • All Traditional Undergraduate students at Queens have access to free counseling services through the Health & Wellness Center, though services may be limited depending on where you are currently physically located. Please do not hesitate to contact this office if you are feeling uneasy, stressed, or anxious about these immigration regulations, or about anything else. 
  • Health & Wellness Center phone number: +1 704-337-2220
  • IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS FEELING SUICIDAL OR IS AT RISK FOR HURTING ANOTHER, DO NOT WAIT TO GET HELP. For after-hours care options, use this link.
  • Graduate students may make a 15-20 minute appointment with the counselors at Queens for referrals to local practices.