Fall 2021 Plan - Instructions are Combination of In-Person, Hybrid, and Online

  • Be here to start the Fall 2021 semester!
  • Register Full-Time!
  • Monitor visa/entry restrictions and SEVP COVID guidance!
  • Monitor CDC guidance for international travel, COVID tests, vaccines, and quarantines!
  • COVID related enrollment adjustment requests may be considered on a case by case basis. The request process will be available sometime in the summer.

Where can I find FAQ for newly admitted or deferred students for Fall 2021?

 

I-20, DOF, and F-1 Visa FAQ are located in the International Admission section.


  • This includes students who are transferring their SEVIS record to CalArts this summer.
  • You should enroll in a full-time course load for Fall 2021 to maintain your F-1 status.  (There are some exceptions.)  
  • You should follow the recommendations provided by your mentor/program director/academic advisor and take as many in-person and hybrid courses as possible.

  • You should enroll full-time for Fall 2021 for your F-1 status.  (There are some exceptions.)  
  • You should follow the recommendations provided by your mentor/program director/academic advisor and take as many in-person and hybrid courses as possible.
  • We are issuing Fall 2021 I-20s.  If you have questions about your I-20 and DOF please contact our office.
  • You can enter the U.S. for Fall 2021 with a valid visa and your new I-20.  The earliest possible U.S. entry date is July 31, 2021, 30 days before the program start date of August 30, 2021. 
  • If you are applying for an F-1 visa the visa appointment should be after May 2, 2021. If you already have a valid F-1 visa you can use it.
  • The visa application fee is valid for one year and the validity is extended till September 30, 2022 in case of unavailability of visa appointments. Please contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulates for more information.
  • A SEVIS fee is for one SEVIS number.  If the SEVIS number is new on your Fall 2021 I-20 you have to pay the SEVIS fee.

  • Please refer to “Students Enrolled for Spring 2021 without F-1 Status” above.
  • Reactivation of F-1 status (I-20) is not possible if you have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 months.
  • If you are considering extending your LOA please speak with your mentor/program director.

  • You should enroll in a full-time course load to maintain your J-1 status.
  • You should follow the recommendations provided by your mentor/program director/academic advisor and take as many in-person and hybrid courses as possible.
  • You could apply to renew a J-1 visa if it’s expired in summer if you have or will have active J-1 status in Fall 2021.
  • You could travel in and out of the U.S. with a valid J-1 visa and valid DS-2019 during the semester.
  • If you need to change your visa status to F1 for Fall 2021 please contact our office.

  • Please consult with the Fulbright Office. 
  • If you are considering extending your LOA please speak with your mentor/program director.
  • If you need to change your visa status to F1 for Fall 2021 please contact our office.

  • If you have updates on your visa status please let our office know.