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CU understands this is a stressful time. Many of you have friends and family around the world are impacted by the pandemic. There continues to be much uncertainty and travel restrictions can change rapidly. University administration and OISS staff are monitoring the news and government updates.
Presently, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions do not apply to any foreign nationals who are:
For additional exceptions, see the Presidential Proclamation
Last updated on March 15, 2020.
Yes, nonimmigrant students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as additional information concerning the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer. International student records will remain active in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) so long as students intend to resume their course of studies when classes start up again, just as they would for regularly scheduled academic breaks.
Also, consider these factors before making your decision:
If you have additional questions, please submit a request through the ISSRS ticket system be sure to read the knowledge base before submission as the answer to your question may already be there.
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 may be disrupted, or you may be quarantined upon your return.
The restricted countries changes frequently. Please view the Department of Homeland Security website to get up to date facts and travel restrictions.
Every student’s situation is different please submit a request through the ISSRS ticket system and an Immigration advisor will help you work through this decision. The CU advisor may not be able to answer all questions until we hear more from CU leadership and the U.S. government. Options may include:
If you plan to travel to another country before entering the U.S., be sure to review any travel restrictions in that country before making travel plans. Be aware that you must remain physically present outside of the country impacted by travel restrictions for 14 days or more before you will be allowed to enter the U.S. ISS advisors cannot advise on travel to countries other than the U.S., so make sure you do your research and understand any restrictions or requirements before traveling.
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 proclamation section 5.
The U.S. government is not allowing exceptions at this time. Continue to monitor the news or this web page for updates.
The U.S. government is not allowing exceptions at this time. Continue to monitor the news or this web page for updates.
Please monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to determine if there are any recommendations for the state to state or regional restrictions.
Every student’s situation is different. Open a ISSRS ticket if you have not already done so and an ISS adviser reply to you directly about your options.
If you are experiencing stress or anxiety about this situation, we encourage you to reach out to counselors, advisers, or friends to talk about your feelings.
Main Campus Director, Counseling Center Peggy Richerson 270.789.5070 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Marriage and Family Therapy (non-students) Kenneth Hollis 502.753.0264 x6016
These professionals are available to help.
Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, nonimmigrant students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and CDC websites both provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.
Students who are unemployed due to COVID-19 should contact their local or state employment agency for more information.
Campbellsville University recommends new world-class coverage plans to support student access to healthcare through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), as well as dental and vision care through DeltaDental of KY and DeltaVision of KY. These companies have nationwide networks of providers available in most areas across the country. (See pdfs attached for complete details with specific coverages and exclusions.)
These insurance programs are Self-Enroll and Self-Pay, meaning students work directly with the insurance companies. Campbellsville University is not involved in any enrollment or any transactions and it has no impact on your program of study.
CISI Medical Insurance (Aetna Network) provides medical insurance plans on the nationwide Aetna network for students on F-1 VISAs and their dependents. The can be found here Cultural Insurance (CISI). The pdf World Class Coverage Plan includes everything students need to review the plan and sign-up for coverage.
Delta Dental is generally accepted nationwide and offers a couple of tiers for their plans (see Delta Dental Brochure). Students may search for local providers in their area at https://www.deltadental.com/us/en/find-a-dentist.html. Kathy Hawthorne (Kathy@jessieinsurance.com) from Jessie Insurance Agency of Central Kentucky is the local contact who can assist students with enrollment.
These insurance programs are Self-Enroll and Self-Pay; they are not administered by or billed through the University.
SEVP regulations provide limited reasons for granting students a Reduced Course Load (RCL). Only students having specific initial academic difficulties in their first semester, students experiencing temporary illnesses or ongoing medical conditions, or students needing fewer courses than a full-load in their final term to complete the program of study may be authorized by a DSO to drop below a full course load. In extreme circumstances when complete documentation is provided, a student may be granted a reduction in course load to zero credit hours (“no course load”).
1. An RCL for academic reasons may be authorized only once per degree level.
2. An RCL for health reasons:
3. An RCL for final term program completion:
4. Once approved, an RCL cannot be canceled.
In order to receive an RCL for health reasons, you must:
In order to receive an RCL for completion of one course in a final semester, students must:
The Office of International Student Services will make a decision on your RCL request within seven (7) busi- ness days of its submission and will notify you through your University email.
CAUTION: Do not discontinue participation or enrollment before receiving written notice of authorization of your RCL request, otherwise you risk having you SEVIS record terminated for unauthorized withdrawal, which would require the immediate departure of you and your dependents from the U.S.
The full text of the RCL regulations is available at: 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(iii).
Special Student Relief (SSR) originally permitted students to enroll part-time, apply for a work permit, and request a fee waiver—- to apply for the I-765. In today’s COVID-19 environment with about one million international students in the US and the fact USCIS could not process benefits in a timely manner before this crisis, it is doubtful that this plan will be rolled out as it was in the past. If an SSR is rolled out it will likely be adjudicated by the Universities. If this is approved by DHS, CU will notify any eligible students with instructions about how to process a request.
For additional information:Humanitarian/Special Situations and Special Student Relief for F-1 Students: Essential Concepts.. Keep checking these sites and this page for updates.
Another option for students is called Severe Economic Hardship (SEH). This benefit is for students who have completed at least an academic year (two complete full-time semesters; about 8 months) at CU and have had unforeseen economic hardship. Examples of severe economic hardship could include such things as death of a sponsor or severe devaluation of currency.
Before you apply for this benefit, keep in mind that the eligibility requirements are extensive. If you have not completed two full semesters, you are not eligible.Further, the work permit only permits 20 hours per week, takes a minimum 90 days to approve, may require a $410 application fee, and approval is not guaranteed. Additionally, the work authorization will never permit more than 20 hours per week, since there are no vacations in for the Masters programs at CU.
If you already have work authorization through CPT, there would be no benefit in applying for a work permit outside your current benefit. The only difference between the two is, with the SEH employment authorization, you would not be limited to a job related to your program of study.
For additional questions and the links to the sites that offer work permits, contact Peter Thomas, PDSO at email@example.com so he can quickly help assess your situation and get you a rapid response.
Only DHS can authorize this. Do not be fooled by anyone else assuring you they can get you a work permit. CU will guide you if you have questions.
While employment options are available for F-1 students, always remember: F-1 students have been ad- mitted to the US based on education, not employment; all employment for F-1 students is practical training as a part of a student’s program of study.
At CU, we support practical training during the program only through Curricular Practical Training (CPT). We support practical training after completion of a program through Optional Practical Training (OPT).
CPT allows students to gain experience in the fields for which they are studying while their programs are in process. To be eligible, students must be maintaining their immigration status and making normal academic progress toward completion of their educational objectives. This training opportunity is adjudicated at the University level by DSOs. For more information about eligibility and applying for CPT, login to myGlobalCU using your TigerNet credentials and click on F-1 Curricular Practical Training.
Remember, as an F-1 student you are not enrolled in your program in order to support your employment; your employment is practical training for the program of study in which you are enrolled.
turning to their home countries or beginning a new educational objective in the US. CU supports students for two types of OPT: Post-Completion OPT and STEM Extension OPT. These training opportunities are not adjudicated on the University level; rather, students must first receive a recommendation from a DSO and then must apply to USCIS for OPT approval.
Post-Completion OPT is a practical training experience available to students who have just completed a program of study. It is generally approved for up to 1 year. Students may apply as early as 90 days before the completion of their program or up to 60 days after. Great care must be taken when applying in order to ensure a smooth process, so DSOs will help you prepare for your application. You must first receive a DSO recommendation, then gather all of the required documentation, and then submit your application packet to USCIS on time. For more information about eligibility and applying for OPT, login to myGlobalCU using your TigerNet credentials, click on F-1 Optional Practical Training and refer to the Post-Completion OPT Request instructions.
STEM Extension OPT is a practical training experience available at the conclusion of Post-Completion OPT to students who have earned a degree in a STEM field, either at the current or previous education level. It is generally approved for up to 2 years. Students must receive a recommendation from a DSO and apply before the end of their Post-Completion OPT. Great care must be taken when applying in order to ensure a smooth process, so DSOs will help you prepare for your application. You must first receive a DSO recommendation, then gather all of the required documentation, and then submit your application packet to USCIS on time. For more information about eligibility and applying for OPT, login to myGlobalCU using your Tiger- Net credentials, click on F-1 Optional Practical Training, and refer to the STEM Extension OPT Request instructions.
Days of unemployment on OPT: While on OPT, students are responsible for tracking and reporting periods of unemployment. Failure to do so can result in termination of a student’s SEVIS record, with all the legal implications of failing to maintain F-1 status. On Post-Completion OPT, students are permitted to accrue up to 90 days of unemployment before the OPT is automatically terminated. On STEM Extension OPT, students are permitted an additional 60 days of unemployment. The accrued Days of Unemployment be- tween Post-Completion and STEM Extension OPT can be no more than 150 days in total.
Reporting Requirements on OPT: While on OPT, students are responsible for providing updates to SEVIS and the University for employment data, personal contact information, and travel. Updates and changes must be reported within 10 days of the change — including resignations, dismissals, terminations, or layoffs. Travel while on OPT also requires special considerations, so travel must always be reported to the University through myGlobalCU using the Travel Endorsement e-form.
Travel while on OPT: Travel when OPT applications are pending is strongly discouraged by CU. But in cases of emergency, students who must leave the US before their OPT is approved must carry specific documentation in order to return.
How to Follow-Up on an OPT Application: USCIS will notify students by e-mail or cellphone when their OPT application has been received, if the student submitted the optional Form G-1145 in their OPT application packet. (The form cannot be sent later.) Applicants generally receive receipt notices within about 4 weeks of sending the application packet. These are not approval notices and do not grant any immigration status or benefit.
Receipt notices provide a receipt number, the date when application was received, and a brief statement about how to get status updates on the USCIS website using the receipt number.
It generally takes a minimum of 3 months for USCIS to adjudicate OPT application; currently, many are taking 180 days or more. Once USCIS approves the OPT, they send the student an Employment Authorization Document (EAD Card), bearing the OPT Start and End Dates and the student’s photograph. Communications from USCIS will be sent to the mailing address the student included on the OPT application, so be sure to use an address that is being checked often.
Students must have their EAD Card in-hand and wait until start date before engaging in employment. When the end date passes, students must immediately stop working unless they have a STEM Extension OPT application pending or they have been granted a Cap-Gap extension for H-1B.
OISS is not responsible for lost or delayed OPT applications. For questions about missing applications, students must contact USCIS directly at 1-800-375-5283; DSOs are not ermited to inquire on behalf of students.
Completion/Termination of OPT: When a student’s EAD Card has expired, a student must discontinue working. The student will have a 60-day grace period during which to decide what to do next. Before the end of the 60 days, a student must do one of the following:
Only students who complete OPT are eligible for the 60-day grace period. Students whose OPT has been terminated for any reason, including exceeding the maximum number of Days of Unemployment have no grace period.