We understand this is a traumatic time for our international students as many of you have friends and family around the world impacted by this situation. There is still much uncertainty with the situation and travel restrictions are changing daily. We are monitoring the news and government updates.
The March 14 Presidential Proclamation updates previous travel restrictions. It suspends entry into the U.S. of all non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within the following locations during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States:
- People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- South Korea
- Schengen Area
- United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe
- Republic of Ireland
- Resources: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
If you really need to travel out of the country at this travel restriction time, please contact ISO@itu.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Please note that spring quarter instruction began online. This does yet mean the summer trimester will have online. Spring classes transited to online instruction, for the most part, and could transition to in-person learning, depending on guidance from health officials.
Factors to consider:
- Technology challenges with online study from home
- Time differences in case of synchronous classes
- Continually changing travel restrictions and challenges that would affect your ability to return mid-quarter, if in-person learning resumes mid-quarter
Universities nationwide are waiting for clarification from the U.S. government about this question of SEVIS/I-20 validity. We will post updated information as soon as the government provides an answer.
The government provided general guidance earlier this week that made accommodations for students already/currently in the U.S. regarding online study. It is currently unclear whether SEVIS records/I-20s can remain active if students exit the U.S. for online study.
We do not know how long these travel restrictions will last and what additional countries may be added to the restrictions already in place.
If you decide to travel, be prepared, understand the risks, and be advised that you might not be able to return to the U.S. for an unknown period of time. Your trip could be disrupted, or you may be quarantined upon your return.
If your travel is related to your academic program, please consult your department or academic adviser about your travel plans.
This is unknown currently. The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services will monitor the situation. No more than 15 days after the date of the proclamation, and every 15 days after, the Secretary will advise whether the restriction continue, change, or end. See the proclamation.