COVID-19 Information for International Students

International students are core and valued members of the University of Miami community. International Student and Scholar Services shares your concern regarding the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and hopes you and your loved ones are in good health. We recognize that for international students, the current situation presents challenges and uncertainty. ISSS is here to help you navigate the impacts of COVID-19 and related measures on your F-1 or J-1 student status, and to provide support wherever possible.

For complete information about the university-wide COVID-19 response, including advisories and additional resources, please refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response. ISSS encourages you to refer to this webpage for information on travel restrictions, government guidance for F-1 and J-1 students, and other relevant resources. 

 

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Information about the Fall 2020 Semester

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Health Insurance

All international students are required to enroll in the University-sponsored health insurance program regardless of credit load. The annual premium for this coverage is added to each student's fees.

International students who are enrolled in Virtual/Remote learning for the Fall Semester and are residing outside of the United States will not be eligible for the University of Miami Student Health Insurance. The University is currently working on a process to remove the insurance charge from your student account. Please let us know if the charge is not removed by the tuition due date, August 10.

Refer to Student Health Service for the most updated information and contact studenthealth@miami.edu if you have any questions about health insurance.

Graduating Students

For specific questions about your student status and stay in the U.S., email isss@miami.edu.

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UM Updates & Announcements

For the latest information about COVID-19 and our return to campus for the fall semester visit coronavirus.miami.edu.

 

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  • U.S. government has agreed to rescind the July 6 policy (07/14/2020)

    We are thrilled to share with you that during a hearing in the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT and joined by the University of Miami and over 170 educational institutions, the U.S. government agreed to rescind the July 6 policy that limited international student’s participation to only on-campus academic programs at the risk of deportation. The government will return to the status quo as established by the March 2020 guidance.

    Therefore, students in F-1 status will be allowed to engage in full-time online study during the Fall 2020 semester regardless of whether they are currently in or outside the U.S. In either case, their SEVIS record will remain active as long as they are taking a full-time load of online classes during the Fall 2020 semester. 

    As previously communicated, to ensure continuity in teaching and learning, and to provide students with flexible teaching and learning options, fall courses will be provided in three modalities:

    1. In-person and on-campus
    2. Hybrid or blended, with a combination of in-person, on-campus instruction and virtual/remote sessions
    3. Virtual/remote in synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (recorded) formats

     

    Please see today’s communication regarding the details of our plans for the fall semester - July 14 Letter to UM Community. We will post updates to our ISSS COVID-19 information page as they become available. University-wide information and updates can be found at UM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

    We are grateful that you have chosen to pursue your educational and professional goals at the University of Miami, and we look forward to interacting with you during the new academic year.

  • UM joins U.S. Institutions of Higher Learning in Support of Harvard and MIT Lawsuit against U.S. Federal Government (07/10/2020)

    We’re excited to share with you that the University of Miami joined more than 170 institutions of higher learning in support of the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT. The lawsuit opposes the July 6, 2020 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance related to online courses for the fall 2020 semester for F-1 students. 

    University of Miami joins lawsuit opposing deportation of international students

    “International students add to the intellectual and cultural life of the University of Miami and we are doing everything in our power to ensure they continue to have the opportunity to do so,” said President Julio Frenk. 

    In addition to signing the amicus brief in support of Harvard and MIT, the University—through International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of the Provost—continues to support its community of international students and is providing assistance to each of them as they seek to continue their education at the U.


    As we shared earlier this week, this fall, the University is offering classes in several formats, including in-person instruction, a hybrid of in-person and virtual/remote learning, and fully virtual/remote learning. The University remains hopeful that all international students in the U.S. will be able to continue their educational pursuits without fear of losing their immigration status.

    We know that the new guidance has added to the uncertainty and concern you feel during this already very difficult time. ISSS is here to help and support you. As always, we will continue to carefully monitor developments that impact UM international students and provide you and your academic department with information and guidance as quickly as possible. Please refer to COVID-19 Information Updates for UM International Students for the latest updates.

    Rest assured that our advocacy and support for you will continue throughout and beyond these challenging times.

Travel to the U.S. Guidance for International Students for Fall 2020

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  • Important dates

    If you are traveling to the U.S. from abroad, you should plan to arrive in the U.S. 14 days prior to the earliest date that applies to you below in order to allow enough time to quarantine (information regarding this requirement provided below):

    • August 9-11: New student on-campus housing move in day
    • August 11: Virtual International Student Orientation (ISO) for new undergraduate students
    • Aug 12-16: ‘Cane Kickoff for new undergraduate students
    • August 13-16: Continuing student on-campus housing move in day
    • August 14: Virtual ISO for new graduate students and Graduate School Orientation 
    • August 17: First day of classes for the fall semester

  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019

    Make sure you have a Form I-20 (F-1 student visa) or DS-2019 (J-1 student visa). If you do not have this document, new students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission or your graduate student program to initiate the I-20/DS-2019 request process. UM will not be able to issue an Initial Form I-20 for any student who is outside of the United States and plans to take classes fully online. Continuing students should contact ISSS. ISSS issues the I-20/DS-2019 for new and continuing students and sends the document to the student.

  • Travel restrictions to the U.S.

    Students traveling to the U.S. from a country impacted by the coronavirus travel restrictions to the U.S. will need to comply with the Presidential Proclamation prior to entering the U.S.  The proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. of all non-U.S. citizens who were physically present in the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry to the U.S.

    • People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
    • Islamic Republic of Iran
    • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
    • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Brazil

    If you plan to travel to another country before entering the U.S. in order to meet the 14-day requirement stated above, make sure to research and understand any travel restrictions before making travel plans. Many countries have restricted travel to/from other countries. Immediately prior to traveling, reconfirm that you will be able to enter and exit the country as the situation remains fluid in many countries, and new restrictions can be implemented with little or no advance notice.  You will need to remain physically present outside of any country impacted by travel restrictions for 14 days before entering the U.S.

    As of July 16, 2020, students may qualify for National Interest Exceptions to the presidential proclamations restricting travel from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The announcement specifies that:

    • If you are a student traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 visa, you do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel.
    • If you are a student traveling from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland with a valid J-1 visa, you may contact the nearest embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request. A national interest exception is valid for 30 days from the date of approval and is valid for a single entry to the United States.  An individual who departs the United States and wishes to return must be re-assessed for a national interest exception.  

    The following countries make up the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • Students outside of the U.S.

    Students that have obtained a student visa and able to leave their country to travel to the U.S.

    Students traveling to the U.S. from a country impacted by the coronavirus travel restrictions will need to comply with the Presidential Proclamation prior to entering the U.S. (Country list and requirements provided above.)

    All members of the University community who travel internationally are required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to the U.S. Please review the Self-Quarantine and Isolation Instructions provided by the UM Student Health Service.

    • Students with on-campus housing assignments:  Plan to arrive in the U.S. 14 days before your on-campus housing move in date in order to allow enough time to quarantine. The University will provide off-campus housing during the 14-day quarantine period for students living in on-campus housing.  Contact isss@miami.edu for further information.
    • Students living off-campus:  Plan to arrive in the U.S. 14 days before orientation for new students and 14 days before the first day of class for continuing students in order to allow enough time to quarantine.

    Students currently in the U.S. will not need to quarantine. 

    • Students with on-campus housing assignments:  Plan to arrive on campus by your housing move in date.
    • Students living off-campus:  Plan to arrive on campus by orientation for new students and by the first day of class for continuing students.

    Students that have obtained a student visa and unable to leave their country to travel to the U.S.

    International students unable to travel to the U.S. in time for the fall semester due to closed borders and/or suspended flights should consider enrolling in online classes at UM for the fall semester or deferring their enrollment at UM to a later date. (Information regarding these options provided below.)

    Students who are abroad and do not have a valid student visa

    As of July 14,  U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services, including the processing of F-1 and J-1 visas.  Please check your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for re-opening dates and up-to date information. International students unable to obtain a visa and travel to the U.S. in time for the fall semester should consider enrolling in online classes at UM for the fall semester or deferring their enrollment at UM to a later date.  (Information regarding these options provided below.)

  • Students inside the U.S.

    We do not know how long the travel restrictions will be in effect and whether the U.S. government will add any additional countries to the travel restrictions list.  If you decide to travel, you need to understand the risks and be aware that you might not be able to return to the U.S. for an unknown time period.  Your trip could be disrupted, and you will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon your reentry to the U.S. before you can return to the University of Miami.

  • Online classes

    The University will offer new and continuing students the choice of enrolling for either online classes or in person classes.  Online classes will be both synchronous (i.e., accessible online during time of on campus instruction) and asynchronous (i.e., accessible at any time) to accommodate students who live in time zones outside of the U.S. These online courses will be taught by UM faculty and will have the same UM credit equivalence as on campus instruction. Additional details regarding the online learning experience for the fall 2020 semester, including how to register for this option, can be found at Information for Students. For questions about remote learning, email remotelearning@miami.edu.

    Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance related to online courses for fall 2020 semester (F-1 Students)

    F-1 students with a SEVIS record in active status are allowed to temporarily count online classes toward a full course of study, even if they have left the United States. New or continuing students who plan to travel to the U.S. will be able to begin or continue their education at UM provided they enroll for in-person classes or a hybrid plan (a combination of online and in-person classes). Further SEVP guidance is forthcoming.

  • Deferring enrollment

    International students that are unable to travel to the U.S. in time for the fall semester and do not wish to register in online classes should defer their enrollment at UM to a later date. If you are in the U.S. and choose to defer your enrollment, you may not remain in the U.S. in student visa status. You will either need to leave the U.S. or complete a change of status to another nonimmigrant status such as tourist status.

    New Students

    • New Undergraduate students should notify the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
    • New Graduate students should notify their graduate student program.
    • ISSS will issue a new Form I-20 or DS-2019 with a deferred start date, which will be sent to your UM email address (I-20) or mailing address (DS-2019). 

    Continuing Students

    • Continuing undergraduate students should apply for Inactive Status for Fall 2020, if eligible.
    • Continuing graduate students should notify their graduate student program and ISSS.
    • ISSS will update the SEVIS records of all students who do not enroll for Fall 2020.

Travel FAQs

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Updates to ISSS Services and Procedures

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  • Advising Services

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff are currently working remotely. Immigration advising for international students and scholars is available remotely via email, Zoom Video Meeting, or telephone:

    • Email your ISSS Advisor (Click here for Advisor’s name and email)
    • Email your ISSS Advisor to request a Zoom Video Meeting
    • Email your ISSS Advisor your telephone number and your Advisor will call you back

    Please email isss@miami.edu if you have any questions.

  • Electronic Form I-20s

    Due to COVID-19, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has authorized schools to email a digitally issued and signed Form I-20 using electronic signature software to the student’s email address listed in SEVIS.

    Until further notice, when you apply for a travel signature or updated I-20 with a new major, a program extension or a benefit, such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT), ISSS will email you a digitally signed I-20. Currently enrolled students will receive their I-20 at their UM email address. Students engaged in OPT will receive their I20 at the email address they provided to ISSS on their OPT application.

    Emailed and/or digitally signed I-20s will be valid when printed and signed by you. Should you need an original Form I-20 in the future, ISSS will provide one to you once we are able to resume in-person services.

  • How to request a Travel Certification Signature or a new I-20 or DS-2019

    Original Form I-20s or DS-2019s cannot be dropped off at ISSS at this time because ISSS staff is working remotely. If you need an updated travel certification signature, a new or an updated Form I-20 or DS-2019, send an email to isss@miami.edu or your ISSS advisor. Your advisor will issue a new I-20 or DS-2019 with an updated travel certification signature, which will be sent to your UM email address (I-20) or mailing address (DS-2019) within four business days.

    Reminders:

    • Travel signatures are not required to depart the U.S. They are required for re-entry only.
    • Travel signatures are valid for 1 year for enrolled students in F-1 or J-1 status, and 6 months for students engaged in OPT or STEM OPT.

  • Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or STEM OPT

    Government guidance states you must be in the U.S. to apply for OPT or STEM OPT. Students who left the U.S. and enrolled remotely will have to return to the U.S. before the end of the semester or term of their program completion if they wish to apply for OPT. Students who left the US and are working remotely will have to return to the U.S. and submit their STEM OPT application to USCIS before their current OPT ends.

    Follow the instructions at Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Instructions to prepare your OPT application and to submit copies of your documents at miami.edu/optapplication for review by your ISSS advisor. Upon receipt of a completed OPT request, filled out by you and your academic advisor, your ISSS advisor will review your application. If eligible for OPT, your ISSS advisor will issue a new Form I-20 indicating your requested OPT dates. While ISSS’s document pick-up services are suspended, your Form I-20 will be sent to you by email along with instructions for mailing your application to USCIS. The I-20 will be valid once you print and sign it on page 1.

    Follow the instructions at 24-Month STEM OPT Extension Application Instructions to prepare your STEM OPT application and to submit copies of your documents at miami.edu/stemoptapplication for review by your ISSS advisor. Upon receipt of a completed STEM OPT request, your ISSS advisor will review your application. If eligible for STEM OPT, your ISSS advisor will issue a new Form I-20 indicating your requested STEM OPT dates. While ISSS’s document pick-up services are suspended, your Form I-20 will be sent to you by email along with instructions for mailing your application to USCIS. The I-20 will be valid once you print and sign it on page 1.

U.S. Government Updates and SEVP Guidance

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Department of State (DoS) Guidance for J-1 Students for Fall 2020

The U.S. Department of State (DoS) has issued guidance regarding fall 2020 enrollment for J-1 students.  International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) reviewed the guidance and provides below a summary of the guidance as it applies to University of Miami J-1 students.

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Visa Services

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  • Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

    As of July 14,  U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services, including the processing of F-1 and J-1 visas.  Please check your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for re-opening dates and up-to date information.

    As of July 16, 2020, students may qualify for National Interest Exceptions to the presidential proclamations restricting travel from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The announcement specifies that:

    • If you are a student traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 visa, you do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel.
    • If you are a student traveling from Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland in with a valid J-1 visa, you may contact the nearest embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.

    For a summary of the national interest exception for F-1 students and their F-2 dependents and a list of the 15 U.S. airports authorized to receive flights from those countries, see July 24, 2020 CBP’s Carrier Liaison Program Information Sheet.

    The following countries make up the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • Temporary Suspension of Routine U.S. Consular Services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates due to COVID-19

    On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State announced the temporary suspension of routine immigrant and non-immigrant routine consular visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates.  As resources allow, U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical services.  They will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

    If you need to travel outside the U.S. and will require a new visa to return to the U.S., please review the visa appointment information for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you intend to apply for your new visa before you consider any travel plans.  You may want to reconsider your travel plans and remain in the U.S. since we do not know when the U.S. government will permit the resumption of routine U.S. consular visa services.

Proclamation on Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

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  • Which countries are impacted by the coronavirus travel restrictions to the U.S.?

    The May 24, 2020 Presidential Proclamation updates previous travel restrictions. It suspends entry into the U.S. of all nonimmigrants who were physically present in the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry to the U.S.:

    • People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
    • Islamic Republic of Iran
    • United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe)
    • Ireland
    • Brazil


    As of July 16, 2020, students may qualify for National Interest Exceptions to the presidential proclamations restricting travel from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The announcement specifies that:

    • If you are a student traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 visa, you do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel.
    • If you are a student traveling from Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland in with a valid J-1 visa, you may contact the nearest embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.   


    Please continue to monitor the news, airline travel information and this webpage for changes and updates.

U.S. Suspends Entry of Aliens who present a Risk to U.S. Labor Market following Coronavirus Outbreak

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation that will suspend the entry to the U.S. of certain nonimmigrants to the U.S. The proclamation is part of the Trump Administration’s response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ban takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 24, 2020 and will be in place through December 31, 2020.

This proclamation does not affect international students in F-1 or J-1 status or their dependents in F-2 and J-2 status. It also does not affect Optional Practical Training (OPT) and OPT STEM, which are benefits for students in F-1 status completing an academic degree in the United States.  

 

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COVID-19 Guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and U.S. Department of State (DoS)

U.S. universities, including the University of Miami, automatically receive COVID-19 updates from SEVP and DoS and shares these updates with you. The U.S. government also makes these updates accessible to the public:

 

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Temporary Suspension of In-Person Services at Social Security Administration Offices due to COVID-19

As of March 17, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has suspended all in-person services at all SSA offices. Although SSA offices remain closed, local SSA offices may make appointments based on staff availability.

Please review information and updates online at Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and call your local SSA office to determine whether appointments are available.  To call your local SSA office, look for the local SSA office telephone number at Social Security Office Locator under “Social Security Office Information” for office you select. The toll-free “Office” number is the telephone number for your local office.

Please note the following requirements for appointments:

  • Offices will make appointments only for applicants filing for original Social Security Numbers (SSNs).  Appointments are available only two weeks after students and scholars have entered the country, and only if they do not display symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Local offices will determine the number and availability of appointments based on office size, availability of staff, and jurisdictionally specific guidelines.
  • Once you secure an interview appointment with a local SSA office, complete the paper Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, and bring it with required supporting documentation to the interview. Check the information on the International Student and Scholar Services’ website for information on required documentation for F-1 and J-1 students and for J-1 scholars. SSA staff will conduct the mandatory face-to-face interview and make copies of the original documentation. The SSA office will process the documentation and mail a receipt to the applicant. Within ten days, the SSN card should follow. 

 

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Appointment required at Florida Driver License Centers due to COVID-19

Florida driver licenses and ID cards are issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Due to COVID-19, driver license centers in Broward, Miami-Dade and Volusia counties provide services by appointment only. To obtain a Florida driver license or ID card, you need to schedule an appointment online and submit specific documents to the driver license center at the time of your appointment. Please note that your SEVIS record must be in Active status for you to be eligible for a FL driver license of ID card.

 

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U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Updates related to COVID-19

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  • Did the IRS postpone the deadline for filing a 2019 U.S. income tax return due to COVID-19?

    Due to COVID-19 and its economic ramifications, the IRS postponed the deadline for filing a 2019 U.S. income tax return with the IRS from April 15 to July 15, 2020 but urged taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible.

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) advisors are not tax experts and are not able to provide tax advice. ISSS purchases access to GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), an online tax preparation system for international students, scholars and dependents in F and J status, each year and shares access to this program via a specific access code each spring. ISSS reminded all current UM international students in F-1 and J-1 status of their IRS filing requirements and deadlines via email throughout spring 2020 and informed you on April 10, 2020 of the postponed July 15, 2020 deadline for filing a 2019 income tax return. 

    Please refer to these emails for information on how to access GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) and how to file your required IRS tax forms with the IRS. For questions regarding access to GTP, please contact your ISSS Advisor.

  • Are international students eligible to receive COVID-19 economic impact payments (EIP) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the IRS dispensed economic impact payments to U.S. residents for tax purposes who filed a 2018 and/or 2019 federal income tax return. According to the U.S. Department of State, some international students and scholars who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes erroneously received an economic impact payment under the CARES Act because they incorrectly filed a 2018 or 2019 Form 1040 as resident aliens for tax purposes. An international student or scholar who erroneously received an economic impact payment under the CARES Act is required (1) to return the payment to the IRS by following the online instructions posted in the Economic Impact Payment Information Center (click Returning the Economic Impact Payment, then click on Q66 or Q67, and follow the IRS’ instructions for returning the EIP to the IRS), and (2) to file an amended tax return with the IRS.

    You can find information about how to file an amended tax return in GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), an online tax preparation system for international students, scholars and dependents in F and J status, by selecting “FAQ” from the menu. ISSS purchases access to GTP each year and shares access to this program via a specific access code each spring. ISSS shared information on how to access GTP with current UM international students and scholars in F-1 and J-1 status via email in spring 2020. GTP determines if you are a resident or nonresident alien for tax purposes. It also provides answers to questions regarding COVID-19 economic impact payments.

    For questions regarding access to GTP, please contact your ISSS Advisor.

On-campus Employment

On-campus employment for F-1 students is work that takes place either at your school or at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with the school. The work can be for an on-campus commercial business (such as a bookstore or cafeteria) as long as the work directly provides services for students. On-campus employment must either be performed on the school's premises or at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the school.

 

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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT

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Academic Training for J-1 Students

Sponsors may continue to temporarily allow active students to continue their Academic Training remotely to prevent unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. In the case of graduating students, sponsors may temporarily allow them to begin their Academic Training remotely to prevent unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 as long as the host organization is open and able to provide the training remotely. This policy reflects sponsor obligations to promote the health, safety and welfare of Exchange Visitor Program participants while at the same time meeting program objectives. Other conditions, criteria and requirements under the regulations remain in effect. In the case of a College or University Student participating in Academic Training, for example, the regulations require that the student be primarily in the United States to study rather than to participate in Academic Training, that the Academic Training be directly related to his or her major field of study, that the student be in good academic standing with the post-secondary accredited academic institution; and the student receive written approval in advance from the responsible officer for the duration and type of academic training (22 CFR 62.23(f)).

Support Services and Programs for International Students

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Financial Resources

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