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:
Fall 2021 COVID-19 F-1 Visa Student Enrollment Guidance
The International Student Program will be offering monthly “F-1 Visa Return to IVC Town Halls” to provide more information and answer student questions. Please visit our Events & Workshops page for dates and times.
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 bit.ly/2QxagUM. 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:
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,