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COVID-19 F-1 Visa Resources

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IVC will be offering classes 
on-line for spring 2021

Contacting the International Student 


 You are not alone!  

All staff at the International Student Program are working remotely to assist our current and prospective students during the COVID-19 crisis. We are here to help!

Contacting the International Student Program:

The International Student Program (ISP) remains committed to assisting our international students in the US and overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic!  You are not alone!  Please review the information below to learn how to contact our office:​

  1. ​Email our office at  Emails will be responded to on the next business day.  Please be sure to leave your full name and student ID in your email.
  2. Call our office at 001-949-451-5414 to speak with an ISP staff member Monday - Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm​ PST.
  3. Visit the Appointment Scheduling Lobby and Virtual Drop-In times to meet with ISP staff virtually:

Appointment Scheduling:

​​​​​Our International Academic Counselors and Immigration Advisors are meeting​​ students through Zoom and telephone.  To schedule an appointment:

  1. Call our office at 001-949-451-5414 to speak with an ISP staff member Monday - Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm​ PST.​
  2. Visit the Appointment Scheduling Lobby​ to chat with an ISP Staff member quickly to schedule an appointment. The Appointment Lobby is available Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 6:00pm and Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm (PST). (Chrome browser required).

Virtual Drop-Ins:

​Students and visitors can acce​ss our academic counselors and immigration advisors during their Virtual Drop-In Hours in Cranium Cafe. (Chrome browser required).


Review the spring 2021 Virtual Drop-In Schedule for academic counselors and immigration advisors at: 

January 4 - 15:​ 

After January 19:

​Click on the lobby below during the posted Virtual Drop-In Hours.  You do not need to be a registered IVC student to access our Virtual Drop-In Hours:

International Student Counselors
(academics/university transfer):                   International Academic Counseling Lobby

Immigration Advisors/General Questions:  Immigration Advising & General Question Lobby

For emergencies or after hour emergencies, 
please call 949-451-5693.


FAQs to Assist International Students D​uring COVID-19:

(FAQs will be updated as events change):

International Student Program Contact Information:

Health Insurance Enrollment & Waiver Information for Spring 2021:

Please visit Health Insurance​ for information about IVC health insurance requirements for spring 2021 enrollment and the Health Insurance Exemption requirements for students who are outside of the United States.​

Immigration & Travel Information:

 F-1 Visa COVID-19 Enrollment Requirements & Travel Information:

CDC Federal Register Notice:  Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 Required for All Passengers Traveling to the US From Overseas:

Effective January 26, 2021:  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will require all travelers to the US from overseas destinations show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation showing recovery from COVID-19.  

Detailed information including, specific type of COVID-19 test and timing requirements can be found at the CDC Federal Register Notice​ under the "FAQ" document.​

 Travel Update for Schengen Area, United Kingdom &

 Effective 7/24/20, per US Customs & Border Protection:

"Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, and their F-2 and M-2 dependents traveling from or otherwise physically present in the Schengen area, the United Kingdom or Ireland during the preceding 14 days may travel to the United States while these Proclamations are in effect.  F and M visa holders subject to these Proclamations have been granted a national interest exception to travel and can be boarded without contacting CBP as long as all admissibility and document requirements are met".

Please review the document below for more information; students from these countries are advised to carry this document with them upon entry to the US.

CLP Bulletin- Coronavirus Guidance- Students 20200724 (002).pdf

Helpful COVID-19 Immigration/Travel Websites:

1. ​Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Advisories​ 
2. California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory November 2020​
3. US State Department Travel Advisories
4. ICE COVID-19 Information​

 ​How Do I Transfer My SEVIS Record?:


 Health Insurance & Wellness Information:

 Health Insurance and COVID-19:

Upcoming Zoom Workshops for Students:

  For a list of upcoming workshops related to a variety of subjects 
  including health care, academic, immigration and FUN, 
  please visit:


ISP Video Messages:



Please check back frequently as we will continue
 to add important information to help you as an
IVC international student!



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