International Students: Spring 2021 FAQs
Will international students who are unable to return to the United States be permitted to take classes online for the Spring 2021 Semester?
Yes. However, international students are strongly encouraged to talk to their academic advisor and verify class availability. To remain in-status, students who do not return to the U.S. for the spring 2021 semester need to continue full-time enrollment. Students enrolled full-time during spring 2021 need not apply for a new I-20 when they return for a future semester.
Will an international student’s I-20 remain active and visa remain valid if the student is only able to take online classes during the Spring 2021 Semester?
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 it is important to keep the I-20 current.
In order for a student’s I-20 to remain valid, students must obey U.S. laws and regulations and remain enrolled full-time in classes that directly relate to their selected field of study throughout the spring 2021 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?