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Are there COVID-19 emergency funds available for international students?
Is it OK that I continue with my on-campus employment remotely?
Do you still have Walk-In Hour for a quick question?
Ι'm confused. Which travel documents do I need if I want to travel now or during Spring 2020 while I'm taking courses remotely?
You need I-20 with a valid travel signature, valid F-1 visa, and a valid passport to enter the U.S. Optionally, you can carry an enrollment verification letter from the Registrar's Office, and any proof that you are a full-time student at CalArts.
Does the new President's Proclamation on Immigration issued on April 22, 2020 affect international students?
What else do I need to do with the International Office if I'm traveling during the Spring semester?
Is it true I can keep my F-1 status if I go home and continue my classes remotely for Spring 2020?
Yes, it is true. SEVP issued an update on the F-1 policy for remote instructions for continuing students. We don't know how long this change will be effective.
If I continue the spring semester remotely from my home country can I come back to the U.S. any time during the spring semester?
Yes, you could, provided that there is no travel ban/restriction at the time.
Yes, if you continue your courses remotely for the spring semester and if you intend to be enrolled full-time at CalArts for the Fall 2020 semester you can travel back to the U.S. as an F-1 student in summer.
What are the current travel restrictions and visa-related updates for F-1 or J-1 students?
They tend to change suddenly and overtime. Please check the NAFSA website. J-1 students should check the ECA page.
We don't know if you could or not yet.
Can I drop off my I-20 for a travel signature?
It was mentioned that there will be a check-in date at CalArts in April. Will there be a check in day in May?
No. The campus will be closed throughout the spring semester, so we won't be having a check-in day. Please refer to the newest Newsletter and Reminder email as well as the CalArts website for the most current information.
How long is a travel signature good for enrolled students?
Digital and wet travel signatures are good for one year for continuing students. Keep in mind that when you discontinue your classes your status will be terminated on the system, so your I-20 and travel signature will automatically expire at that time.
When you discontinue your classes (intentionally getting "I" or "W" or leave of absence) we have to terminate your F-1 status and you will only have 15 days to depart the U.S. You do not have a 60-day grace period after your status is terminated.
Your visa stamp can only be renewed outside of the U.S. As long as you are in the U.S. you don't need to renew your visa stamp in your passport. If you travel internationally and need to re-enter the U.S. you will need to renew your visa at the American Embassy/Consulate outside of the U.S. before returning to the U.S.
I heard that the visa service at American Embassy/Consulate is suspended. How do I renew my visa?
If I'm graduating in May can I travel back to CalArts as an F-1 student in September/October for the big celebration?
Ιf you are maintaining your F-1 status as an OPT student or a student at another school in the U.S. you could. If you don't have an F-1 status in September you should enter the U.S. as a visitor.
The annual IRS deadline is extended to July 15, 2020. Free in-person tax preparation assistance is available at College of the Canyons. If you didn't earn any income the only form you should fill out and mail to IRS is 8843. For tax software options please see the info.
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Can I request a zoom meeting?
You can either email us to request a meeting or sign up for a slot online. Please describe what your questions are about.
I'm graduating in May. I applied for OPT early. When will it be approved?
The first group of students' applications sent in February and March are beginning to be approved already! Check your application status online.
Can I cancel my application or change the start date?
If you mailed it out already and have not gotten a text or email receipt, you still have some time to cancel your application. First, if you can, stop your payment by contacting the bank or place you got your money order from. Please email ASAP if you would like to do so.
If you've sent in your application and it is currently being processed, there is a very low chance of canceling your application. If you still want to, contact us ASAP and we will see what we can do.
**If you want to cancel your application please let us know ASAP so we can contact the USCIS office before they process your payment. It is nonrefundable**
Can I change my mailing address?
No mail from the USCIS office can be forwarded. It will be returned to USCIS. It will be very difficult for you to retrieve the returned mail from USCIS.
No. Your mailing address must be within the United States.
No. USCIS is still open and working. They don't foresee any delay for non-in-person applications.
We haven't heard any news about that.
Are there any changes on OPT policies due to COVID-19?
Can I send OPT application from my home country?
Maybe there will be an update to the policy, but not yet.
Under the current policy, yes. You can come back to the U.S. before May 15 with your current I-20 and other usual travel documents. Or if you want to come back to the U.S. after May 15, you can request a new I-20 showing OPT being approved. You will need I-20, EAD, and valid F-1 visa in your passport to come back to the U.S. during OPT.
If you come back before May 15, you could do that. You cannot come back to the U.S. after May 15 and apply for OPT because you are not allowed to enter the U.S. during the grace period after completing the program without applying for OPT.
Under the current regulations and the SEVP updates issued for COVID-19, your F-1 status will be terminated when you discontinue your classes. SEVP will consider favorably when our office requests reactivation of your F-1 status for Fall 2020, but at this point, there is no confirmation that the reactivation would be approved. (We are waiting for their updated guidance.) If the reactivation request is denied you will have to be issued a new SEVIS ID number. As a result, you will lose eligibility to apply for OPT. So it's not risk-free at this point.
What if I can't finish my graduate-level thesis this semester? Can I postpone my OPT?
No, you can't postpone it. If the thesis is the only thing left for you to complete before you can graduate you must be on OPT to do so under the current F-1 regulations.
I'm on OPT. Can I extend the OPT period? Is it OK I exceed 90 days of unemployment because of COVID-19?
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