Published: July 7, 2020

ISSS is reaching out to reassure you that we understand the anxiety that international students may be facing during these stressful and uncertain times.  ISSS is diligently working with campus leadership to ensure that for the Fall 2020 semester, international students will have the opportunity to continue their studies at CU Boulder while maintaining their visa status.

ISSS is dedicated to our international students and scholars.  We value the contribution you make to CU Boulder and the campus community.  

We understand that the federal government’s guidance for Fall 2020 issued yesterday may be disappointing and frightening but we want you to know that CU Boulder’s academic leadership and departments are dedicated to taking the necessary steps to provide you the opportunity to meet these guidelines, maintain your F-1 nonimmigrant status if you are in the U.S., and continue your academic studies.  

Please read the ISSS FAQs about the most recent SEVP guidance for Fall 2020, and reach out to ISSS and your academic and graduate program advisors with any questions.  ISSS will soon publish on our website the instructions for how you can request a new Form I-20 that meets the SEVP guidance.

As you are making your plans for Fall 2020, please keep in mind not only the SEVP guidance issued yesterday, but also the following factors if you are returning from outside of the U.S.: 

the current entry restrictions to the U.S. if you are arriving from certain countries;

the suspension of routine visa services at U.S. consulates and embassies; and

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s voluntary 14 day self-quarantine recommendation. 

Please check the ISSS website for updates as the situation may change between now and the start of the fall semester.

Returning international students unable to arrive in the U.S. before classes begin on August 24, 2020 must communicate with their professors and academic advisors in advance. International students who arrive later than the census date, September 11, 2020 will not be eligible to begin classes. 

ISSS wishes the situation was different and without so many obstacles but know that we are here to help you navigate it and find solutions!