International Student Center

COVID-19 F-1 Visa Resources

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Summer 2021: IVC will remain fully on-line in the summer 2021 session
Fall 2021: IVC will be offering hybrid instruction and will be issuing I-20s to new international students.

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 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 traverestriction/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:

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!


T: 949-451-5414
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