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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 and summer 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: 

​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:

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.​

 1/25/21: Updated Presidential Proclamation Regarding Travel Bans: 

On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed a new Proclamation that suspends entry into the US for non-immigrants and immigrants who were physically present in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Brazil in the previous 14-days prior to their attempt at entry to the US.

In addition, entry into the US from South Africa has also been suspended for non-immigrants and immigrants who were physically present in South Africa in the previous 14-day period.

The above proclamation went into effect at 12:01am on January 26, 2021.

Existing COVID-19 travel bans for China and Iran also remain in effect.

F-1 visa students were waived from this travel ban based on a “national interest exception”.  The US State Department published a directive entitled “National Interest Exception for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Ireland”.  Specifically, the notice says:

Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual national interest exception to travel. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for a national interest exception to travel.

 Although no action is needed, students from these areas are advised to print a copy of the “National Interest Exception for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Ireland” and carry it with them to their F-1 visa appointment and travel to the US.​

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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