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COVID-19 F-1 Visa Resources

Contacting the International Student Office

You are not alone!

The International Student Program (ISP) remains committed to assisting our international students in the US and overseas! 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. By Telephone: Call our office at 001-949-451-5414 to speak with an ISP staff member Monday - Thursday 9 am � 5 pm and Fridays 9 am - 4:30 pm? PST.
  3. On-Line: Visit the Appointment Scheduling Lobby and Virtual Drop-In times to meet with ISP staff virtually:
  4. In-Person: The International Student Office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00am � 4:00pm and Fridays from 9 am � 12 pm.

Appointment Scheduling

Our International Academic Counselors and Immigration Advisors are meeting?? students in-person and on-line through Zoom. To schedule an appointment:

  1. Call our office at 001-949-451-5414 ? to schedule an appointment
  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 In-Person Drop-In Hours and Virtual Drop-In Hours in Cranium Cafe. (Chrome browser required).

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:

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

Fall 2021 F-1 Visa Enrollment Requirements

F-1 Visa COVID-19 Enrollment Requirements for Fall 2021: :

IVC will be offering a hybrid mode of instruction in the fall 2021 semester. IVC continues to monitor the guidance from the US CDC and our local health agencies in making decisions for a return to campus. For specific information related to the hybrid mode of instruction, F-1 visa status enrollment requirements and travel considerations, please review the document below:

IVC COVID-19 Resource Page and Safety Regulations

For the most up-to-date information related to IVC’s regulations regarding COVID-19 safety protocols including any mask and vaccination requirements, please visit COVID-19 Updates and Resources.

IVC will continue to update students via email.� Students are encouraged to check their “” email to receive important updates from IVC and the International Student Program.

Immigration & 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.?

4/30/21: Updated Guidance from US State Department on Travel Bans and F-1 Visa Students:

On April 30, 2021, the US State Department indicated that it will provide the National Interest Exemption to all F-1 visa students entering the US AFTER August 1, 2021. This includes F-1 visa students traveling from Brazil, China, India, Iran, all Schengen countries including the United Kingdom and Ireland and South Africa. Therefore, students from these countries trying to enter the US are no longer subject to the 14-day travel restriction/ban preventing entry. For more information, please visit the U.S. State Dept. Posting from 4/26/2021: link here and the Update regarding India.

SEVIS Extends Existing COVID Guidance Through Fall 2021:

On April 26, 2021, SEVIS sent out a notification that the existing COVID-19 guidance that allows F-1 visa students to remain enrolled in on-line coursework and/or hybrid instruction has been extended through the 21/22 year Therefore, the existing COVID-19 immigration regulations will apply to the fall 2021 semester! This is great news as it will allow the same type of study for international students.

Helpful COVID-19 Immigration/Travel Websites