Immigration Updates related to COVID-19

4/27/2021: Versions of the following message were sent to new international students and returning international students as a follow up to recent US government guidance affecting higher education institutions and international students for the fall 2021 semester.

Dear international students,

We hope that this message finds you well. Ware writing to share two immigration updates as you plan for the fall semester. 

Yesterdaythe US government has issued special guidance for international students for the 2021-2022 academic yearISSS is analyzing the guidance and will share details soon. In the meantime, we invite you to register for one of the ISSS information sessions to discuss the recent guidance. 

For NEW International Students: Immigration Info Session
Check the ISSS COVID-19 FAQ page for updates. 

For RETURNING International Students: Immigration Info Session  
Check the ISSS COVID-19 FAQ page for updates.

Additionally, this morning, the US government announced the expansion of the special National Interest Exception (NIE) to include students from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa – similar to the NIE availability already in effect for students from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland. Please visit ISSS COVID-19 Travel website for details and any subsequent updates. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your ISSS Advisor or email 


The ISSS Team