Spring Term 2021 Guidance for Continuing Students

Updated: January 21, 2021

For spring term, the UO will continue to operate as we have for fall and winter terms—with a mix of remote, online, and some in-person courses. We will continue to offer some in-person activities at our libraries, EMU, advising offices, labs, and elsewhere following COVID-19 safety protocols and following public health orders and guidance. Course planning is underway and will include a survey of faculty and GEs this week. The spring term course catalog is expected to be released February 5.

ISSS is committed to supporting all of our international students in the U.S. and outside the U.S. during this time. We have provided information here to help you plan for spring term. If you have any questions, please send us an email to intl@uoregon.edu, or call our front desk at 541-346-3206. 

What You Need to Do!

Scenario #1. If you are currently in the U.S., will remain in the U.S., and will be enrolled

You may enroll in fully online/remote courses spring term 2021. 

► Action Required.

  1. If you will be enrolled less than full-time or need to drop classes, you must request approval for a reduced course load from ISSS. For details, go to https://isss.uoregon.edu/reduced-course-load-exemptions
  2. Contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.

Scenario #2. If you are in the U.S. but plan to leave the U.S., and will be enrolled  

You may enroll in fully online/remote courses spring term 2021. Students enrolled full-time will maintain an active SEVIS record (I-20) for re-entry to the U.S. in the future. Students enrolled part-time or taking a gap term will have their SEVIS records temporarily closed and should contact ISSS to have their SEVIS records re-activated when they are ready to return to the U.S.

► Action Required:

  1. If you plan to return to the U.S. in the future to complete your degree in-person, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform for spring term 2021 (term code is 202003).
  2. If you plan to complete your degree online or will not return to the UO, log into iConnect and submit the "Departure" eform instead of the "Temporary Leave" eform.
  3. Log into myUOHealth Student Portal and complete the “Insurance Waiver Request” form by the deadline of April 7, 2021 to be considered for a full or partial refund of the insurance premium. You must also leave the U.S. by April 7, 2021. If you remain in the U.S. after the insurance waiver deadline of April 7, 2021 you cannot waive out of the insurance plan. This form is available March 1st - don't forget to submit after March 1st!
  4. Check out the #NoVisaNeeded options at https://international.uoregon.edu/no-visa-needed
  5. Contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.

Scenario #3. If you are currently outside the U.S., plan to return to the U.S. and will be enrolled

You may enroll in fully online/remote courses spring term 2021 as long as you were in the U.S. and enrolled last March 2020. 

► Action Required:

  1. Log into iConnect and submit the “Returning to U.S.” eform.
  2. Download UO Spring 2021 Confirmation Letter
  3. If you submitted an "Insurance Waiver Request" form based on a previous plan to remain outside the U.S., you must contact the UO Health Center to re-enroll in the student insurance plan. Please send an email to uostudentinsure@uoregon.edu.
  4. Contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.

Scenario #4. If you are currently outside the U.S., will remain outside the U.S., and will be enrolled

You may enroll in fully online/remote courses spring term 2021. Students enrolled full-time will maintain an active SEVIS record (I-20) for re-entry to the U.S. in the future. Students enrolled part-time or taking a gap term will have their SEVIS records temporarily closed and should contact ISSS to have their SEVIS records re-activated when they are ready to return to the U.S.

► Action Required:

  1. If you plan to return to the U.S. in the future to complete your degree in-person, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform for spring term 2021 (term code is 202003).
  2. If you plan to complete your degree online or will not return to the UO, log into iConnect and submit the "Departure" eform instead of the "Temporary Leave" eform.
  3. Log into myUOHealth Student Portal and complete the “Insurance Waiver Request” form by the deadline of April 7, 2021 to be considered for a full or partial refund of the insurance premium. You must also leave the U.S. by April 7, 2021. If you remain in the U.S. after the insurance waiver deadline of April 7, 2021 you cannot waive out of the insurance plan. This form is available March 1st - don't forget to submit after March 1st!
  4. Check out the #NoVisaNeeded options at https://international.uoregon.edu/no-visa-needed
  5. Contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.

Scenario #5. If you are outside the U.S., and not enrolled

► Action Required:

  1. If you plan to return to the U.S. in the future to complete your degree in-person, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform for spring term 2021 (term code is 202003).
  2. If you plan to complete your degree online or will not return to the UO, log into iConnect and submit the "Departure" eform instead of the "Temporary Leave" eform.
  3. If you need to drop all of your courses, follow the instructions to request a complete withdrawal at https://isss.uoregon.edu/complete-withdrawal-term
  4. Contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.

Scenario #6. If you are currently in the U.S. and not enrolled, or not planning to enroll full-time 

You must either request approval from ISSS for a reduced course load or vacation term, or leave the U.S. The deadline to request a reduced course load or vacation term is April 7, 2021. If you are not eligible for a reduced course load or vacation term, you must leave the U.S. before the start of spring term. If you remain in the U.S., you may be required to enroll in the UO student insurance plan and may risk violating your immigration status.

► Action Required:

  1. Review reduced course load options to request a drop below full-time enrollment or request a vacation term. DEADLINE: April 7, 2021
  2. If you need to drop all of your courses, follow the instructions to request a complete withdrawal at https://isss.uoregon.edu/complete-withdrawal-term. DEADLINE: March 28, 2021 for a full refund. Departure from the U.S. required prior to start of spring term.
  3. If you plan to return to the U.S. in the future to complete your degree in-person, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform for spring term 2021 (term code is 202003).
  4. If you plan to complete your degree online or will not return to the UO, log into iConnect and submit the "Departure" eform instead of the "Temporary Leave" eform.
  5. Contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.

I-20 Travel Signatures

Travel signatures on page 2 of the I-20 are valid for one year. If you are returning to the U.S. and the travel signature on your I-20 is blank or more than one year old, log into iConnect and submit the “I-20 Replacement Request.” eform. We will reprint your I-20, sign for travel, and email or mail the I-20 to you.

Use of Electronically-Signed I-20s and DS-2019s

F-1/F-2 I-20s signed and sent as electronic scans can be used for all official purposes – visa applications and renewals, entry to the U.S., applications for OPT, etc.  There is no need for the original, physical I-20 at this time.

J-1/J-2 DS-2019s signed and sent as electronic scans can be used for most purposes except visa applications, renewals, and entry to the U.S.  For visa applications and renewals and entry to the U.S., the original, physical DS-2019 is required.

For official documents for which you need the original, physical document, such as J-1 DS-2019s needed for visa interview or entry to the U.S., ISSS will need to arrange shipment to you. Please email ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu for shipping information.

For Students Returning From Abroad 

The notice here suspends the 5-month rule for absences from the U.S. So, for those students who are returning to the U.S. and have been outside of the U.S. for more than 5 months, your I-20/DS-2019 and F-1/J-1 student status are valid for return, unless ISSS has notified you that your I-20/DS-2019 has been terminated or closed. 

Please be aware that travel may be challenging at the moment.  Many other countries have introduced restrictions on transit and entry.  We recommend that you monitor conditions through your home country’s Embassy page and through resources such as the IATA Travel Page.

Travel Restrictions to the U.S.

If you are coming from China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa, you are currently restricted from traveling directly to the U.S. from your home country. However, you may be able to travel to the U.S. via another country where you may have to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html.

If you are you traveling from the Schengen Area of Europe, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, you may qualify for a National Interest Exception. Students with valid F-1 visas do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel. Students with a valid J-1 visa need to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.

CDC Guidelines for Incoming Travelers

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Entry to U.S.: The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced that beginning January 26, all air passengers arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies to both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. This order only applies to air travel to the U.S. and does not apply to land border crossings from Canada or Mexico. The airline will enforce a COVID-19 negative test result of documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

For more information including frequently asked questions, please refer to the CDC website: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC . Locations and availability of COVID-19 testing by country can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

COVID-19 Resources

The UO’s new searchable COVID-19 resources website has updated information about testing for students in residence halls, as well as the latest information about current operations and planning for in-person activities for fall term.  

On-Campus Housing

If you are returning to the U.S. and planning on living on-campus, please notify UO Housing of your arrival date so they can work with you on a move-in date.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more detailed FAQs, please refer to https://isss.uoregon.edu/faqs-students