COVID-19 International Student Information and FAQs
- As an international student, how will taking classes online affect my immigration status?
- Can I stay in the U.S. while taking classes online and maintain my F-1 visa status?
- Can I leave the country while taking classes online and maintain my F-1 visa status?
- Since I will be out of the country for more than 5 months, will this affect my F-1 immigration status if I leave the U.S.?
- How do I get a travel signature on my I-20?
- How do I know if I have a valid signature on my I-20?
As long as you are maintaining full-time enrollment throughout the Spring semester, your F-1 or J-1 immigration status will not be impacted whether you remain in the U.S. or leave the country.
Yes, you can stay in the U.S. while taking online classes during the remaining spring semester.
Yes. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has made an exception during this time that allows you to remotely take your courses from outside the U.S. and still maintain your immigration status so long as you continue to enroll full time.
Since I will be out of the country for more than five months, will this affect my F-1 immigration status if I leave the U.S?
No, as long as you maintain full-time enrollment during this period your immigration status will not be impacted. We will keep your SEVIS I-20 record active.
Since all buildings including Whitlock are closed to the general public until further notice, we will not be able to sign your I-20 in person.
We will scan and email the I-20 to your EKU email. Due to COVID-19, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has given designated school officials (DSOs) permission to electronically send Forms I-20 to student’s email addresses listed in SEVIS. Therefore, if you are travelling during the rest of spring semester and summer vacation, you may request the electronically signed I-20 by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To check if your travel signature has expired, please look at page 2 of your I-20. It should have the signature of one of our advisors and the date it was signed. Signatures on page 2 are valid for one year. For example, if it was signed on December 10, 2019, then it is valid until December 10, 2020.