Published: June 8, 2020

ISSS received guidance from the federal government on March 18, 2020 advising us that given the unique situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, international students will be able to maintain their F-1 status while pursuing a full course load via distance learning from inside or outside of the U.S.  even if they are outside the U.S. more than 5 months. 

However, SEVP has not issued guidance to international students and schools for the fall semester. We understand international students and schools have questions, and SEVP is actively working to issue guidance. In the meantime, the temporary procedural adaptions that permit international students to engage in remote learning are still in place through the summer session. As soon as SEVP finalizes guidance for the fall term, the academic community will be updated. Stakeholders will receive information through a variety of communication channels, and information will be updated on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) COVID-19 resource page under the Nonimmigrant Students and SEVP-Certified Schools section.

Please continue to monitor ISSS's website for the most update information regarding fall semester.

At this time, ISSS is closed for walk-in advising and document pick-ups; we are assisting our international student community via remote advising.

  • If you are outside of the U.S. and you need a new travel signature on your I-20, then please complete the I-20 Reprint Request Form. ISSS will reprint and email you a new I-20 with a new travel signature. You should print the I-20 ISSS emails you and sign it on p.1.

Please make sure you review the Travel Handout: Re-entry from Travel Outside the U.S. & Printing Your Electronic I-94. 

Also, keep in mind your Fall 2020 registration date and make sure you register in a timely manner. Keep checking the ISSS website and your CU email for ISSS updates about the Fall 2020 semester. 

Regarding studying online from outside of the U.S., ISSS recommends you reach out to the Office of Information Technology Services (oithelp@colorado.edu) to make sure you will be able to fully access your classes from outside of the U.S.  

Please do not hesitate to reach out to ISSS if you have any questions.

Updated 6/8/2020