Returning to Campus: International Students
Frequently Asked Questions
What impact will Hybrid Virtual and/or online classes have on my student visa?
For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), is allowing international students to maintain their F-1 status by enrolling in at least one hybrid in-person course. All other courses can be in any modality the student chooses. If there are any changes, the Office of International Student Services will be in contact with students. Students can also feel free to contact the office at email@example.com with any questions.
Do I need to be in the U.S to apply for OPT or CPT?
You are required to be in the U.S. to apply for OPT. You are required to apply for CPT whether you are in the U.S. or in your home country if you intern for a U.S.-based company.
If you are not able to enter the U.S. to begin your program at the College in the Spring 2021 semester, you will be contacted by the Office of International Student Services to update your I-20’s start date to the Fall 2021 semester. You can study in your own country in an online-only or in the Hybrid Virtual modality in the Spring 2021 semester, however, in this case your F-1 status will not be active during the Spring 2021 semester.
Will I need to self-quarantine in New York if I am coming directly from my home country?
Make sure to monitor the guidance from the U.S. and New York State government on this question, as regulations may change. If you need to self-quarantine, we recommend you come to New York at least two weeks in advance of the start of classes. Professors will be flexible about attendance with those who cannot attend classes due to COVID-19-related restrictions and you will be able to make up assignments. Students who are living in The New Yorker can choose to self-quarantine in their room, and choose a move-in date accordingly, or they can quarantine at a location of their own choosing in New York State and move in closer to the start of class.
If I am currently out of the United States but wish to continue my studies at LIM, can I do so?
Yes. You can continue your studies in a Hybrid Virtual or online-only modality and maintain your visa status.
I am a new international student and will not be able to enter the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester but wish to start my studies at LIM, can I do this?
Yes. You can begin your studies in a hybrid virtual modality or in the College's online modality. While studying in the hybrid virtual or online modality, an international student's F-1 status will not become active during the Spring 2021 semester. Students will be contacted by the Office of International Student Services to update their I-20’s start date to the Fall 2021 semester.