New DHS Guidance for F-1 International Students


7/24/2020: Versions of the following message were sent to new and returning international students as a follow up to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preliminary guidance affecting higher education institutions and international students for the fall 2020 semester. 


Subject line: New DHS Guidance for F-1 International Students 

Dear international students,

We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and staying healthy.   

This afternoon, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued updated F-1 guidance for the fall semester which will impact continuing and new F-1 international students. The new guidance allows continued flexibility for continuing F-1 students at Emory including the option to take all online classes. New F-1 students can enter the US as long as they pursue their studies at an institution that offers both in-person and online courses in the fall semester and register for at least one in-person class.   

We have updated the ISSS FAQ page for international students, which is frequently updated with the latest information for Emory University’s international students. Please continue to revisit the page for up-to-date analysis and information.  

For further discussion, we invite you to join us for an online information session for new international students which will explain what this guidance means for you. This information session will be held on Zoom, and the details will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting.   

Information Session for New International Students: analysis of 7/24/2020 F-1 guidance from DHS*  
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. EDT, Atlanta time zone
Register by 12:00 p.m. EDT on July 27  

Our team is here to support you as you plan for the fall semester with Emory. If you have any questions, please contact your ISSS advisor.
Best regards,
The ISSS Team 

*Information sessions are only open to new international students who have received an F-1 I-20 from Emory University. Due to the sensitive nature of immigration issues, invitation-only information sessions maintain the confidentiality of our international students.