COVID-19 FAQs for Brandeis International Students
Last updated: July 9, 2020 at 1:10 PM
Thank you for your patience as we develop guidance that is helpful to our international community and their families.
On Monday, July 6, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released its Fall 2020 operational guidance followed by FAQs from SEVP for fall 2020 published on July 7, 2020. This guidance is preliminary, and the Temporary Final Rule has not been published in the Federal Register. We encourage you to visit our News and Announcements page for more information.
Please check the NAFSA Coronavirus Critical Resources for updates on governmental policy and guidance related to COVID-19.
All International Students
What steps is the ISSO taking to support international students during this difficult time?
I've read on various websites that everything has changed for international students. I feel like I need to make a decision right now on travel, applying for a visa, or enrolling in classes, and I don’t feel like I have all the information I need. What should I do?
I read that I might need a new I-20 saying that Brandeis will have in-person classes. When will you send that to me?
Is there anything being done to advocate for change before the final rule is published?
What will happen in the fall semester? Will classes be on-campus or online?
What U.S. travel restrictions should I be aware of?
How do I get a student visa if my local U.S. embassy is closed?
If I am unable to get a student visa in time to begin fall classes, can I defer my enrollment? How do I do that? Can I take classes online until I am able to come?
What is a travel signature and how can I get one?
I need to renew my student visa. How do I do that?
What should I keep in mind if my I-20 or DS-2019 is expiring soon?
I plan to stay in the U.S. but move off campus. How do I update my local address?
I want to return home, but my travel plans are complicated by a lack of commercially available scheduled flights or my country currently prohibits all inbound travel. What should I do?
If I wish to take a Leave of Absence from Brandeis for the fall term or 2020-2021 academic year, how do I do that?
Can I still participate in my Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Academic Training (AT) internship if my employer has moved to remote work?
I plan to depart the U.S., but I am concerned I wont be able to access what I need to attend classes remotely. What should I know about the technology I will need?
I will graduate in December 2020, and cannot return to campus for the Fall 2020 term. Can I apply for OPT?
Can continuing F and M students study online outside the United States and remain in Active status in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)? Are designated school officials (DSOs) responsible for maintaining these records?
Is there a limit of how many online classes an international student can take? Does the university’s decision jeopardize my legal status?
Alumni on Practical Training
I am an alum currently on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Are there any accommodations if I am not able to work and exceed my 90-day limit on unemployment?
I finished my OPT and I am nearing the end of my 60-day grace period, but I am unable to leave the U.S. due to a lack of available flights. What should I do?