International Students: Fall 2020 FAQs
Will international students who are unable to return to the United States be permitted to take classes online for the fall 2020 semester?
Yes. However, international students are strongly encouraged to talk to their academic advisor and verify that their required classes are offered online. To remain in-status, students who do not return to the U.S. for the fall 2020 semester need to enroll full-time in online courses. Students enrolled full-time in online classes during fall 2020 need not apply for a new I-20 when they return for the spring 2021 semester.
Will an international student’s I-20 remain active and visa valid if the student is only able to take online classes in fall 2020?
Student visas provide permission to enter the U.S., but the I-20 is what keeps students in-status and allows them to stay in the U.S. Without a current I-20, a student visa is invalid, so the more important factor is to keep the I-20 current.
In order for a student’s I-20 to remain valid, students must obey U.S. laws and remain enrolled full-time in classes that directly relate to their selected field of study throughout the fall 2020 semester. Students who meet these requirements should be permitted to re-enter the U.S. for the spring 2021 semester. Understanding issues related to I-20s and visas can be complex, as such students are encouraged to contact the International Center for assistance at email@example.com.
What actions should international students take if they are worried about traveling to the United States?
Currently, the United States is permitting essential travelers, including students, to arrive at a limited number of airports such as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). However, CBU strongly recommends that students check the CDC’s website and the State Department’s website for updated information.