Winter 2021 Guidance for Continuing Students

Updated: October 23, 2020

The UO will operate winter term primarily through remote and online instruction, with some in-person labs, studio experiences, and other small classes. ISSS are 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 winter term. If you have any questions, please send an email to International Student & Scholar Services at intl@uoregon.edu, or call 541-346-3206. An international student advisor will respond to your email or phone call within 24-48 hours.

Current F-1 Enrollment Policy for Continuing Students Winter 2021

A. Students who are currently in the U.S. 

Students may enroll in fully online/remote courses and remain in the U.S. for winter term 2021. This guidance, however, only applies to F-1 students who were enrolled full-time fall 2020, on an approved reduced course load, and are otherwise in compliance with the terms of their nonimmigrant status. If you were not enrolled fall 2020, please contact ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu

► No Action Required.

B. Students who plan to leave the U.S. and take winter term from their home country 

Students may enroll in fully online/remote courses and remain outside the U.S. for winter 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 closed. Students who plan to return to the U.S. to complete their degrees can contact ISSS to have their SEVIS records re-activated when they are ready to return to the U.S.

► Action Required:

  1. Log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform
  2. Log into myUOHealth Student Portal and complete the “Insurance Waiver Request” Form which has been modified this year to include questions specifically pertaining to your geographic location (where you will be studying). 

C. Students who are currently outside the U.S. and are returning to the U.S. 

Students may enroll in fully online/remote courses and remain in the U.S. for winter term 2021. This guidance, however, only applies to F-1 students who were actively enrolled fall 2020, and are otherwise in compliance with the terms of their nonimmigrant status. If you were not enrolled fall 2020, please contact ISSS for further instructions at intl@uoregon.edu

► Action Required:

  1. Log into iConnect and submit the “Returning to U.S.” eform.

D. Students who are currently outside the U.S. and will remain outside the U.S. 

Students may enroll in fully online/remote courses and remain outside the U.S. for winter 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 closed. Students who plan to return to the U.S. to complete their degrees can contact ISSS to have their SEVIS records re-activated when they are ready to return to the U.S.

► Action Required:

  1. Log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform
  2. Log into myUOHealth Student Portal and complete the “Insurance Waiver Request” Form which has been modified this year to include questions specifically pertaining to your geographic location (where you will be studying). 

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

International students may present an electronically-delivered I-20 to a U.S. embassy or consulate for a visa appointment, and to U.S. customs and immigration upon arrival to the U.S. Click on the link below to print and carry a letter from the Division of Global Engagement verifying the use of electronically-signed and delivered I-20s.  DOWNLOAD LETTER

Travel Restrictions to the U.S.

If you are coming from China, Iran, or Brazil, you are currently restricted from traveling to the U.S. For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countrie….

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

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not require incoming travelers to self-isolate for 14 days, but they do recommend that you take extra precautions to protect others after you arrive if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 under the following conditions:

  • Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 spread. 
  • Going to a large social gathering such as a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering such as a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds – for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or riverboat.

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