Fall Term 2021 Guidance for New International Students

Updated: May 21, 2021

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Notify ISSS of Your Plans for Fall Term 

We need to know if you are planning to come to the U.S. for fall term as soon as you are able to confirm your plans. We understand there are many challenges and uncertainties in getting visa appointments, traveling to the U.S., pandemic and political crises in many countries. If you find you are unable to come to U.S. for any reason, please email ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu

Undergraduate students must arrive before ISO On-Campus orientation which is September 20 and 21. All students must arrive by the start of fall term which is September 27.

► Action Required: Log into iConnect and submit the “New Student Fall 2021 Plan” eform. You will login with your DuckID.


Use of Electronically-Signed I-20 or DS-2019

Form I-20 (for F1 students) signed and emailed as a PDF file must be printed, signed and dated by you, and can then be used for all official purposes, including visa interviews and entry to the U.S.  You are not required to have the original-signed hard copy I-20. 

Form DS-2019 (for J1 students) the original-signed hard copy DS-2019 is required for visa interviews and entry to the U.S. ISSS will send Form DS-2019 to the mailing address on file via express mail.


Travel Restrictions to the U.S.

For updates on travel restrictions and waivers, visa services and other immigration updates, please go to https://isss.uoregon.edu/international-news-updates-and-faqs-0


Arrival and CDC Guidelines for Incoming Travelers

The earliest you can enter the U.S. is up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.  

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 Vaccine Required by the UO for Fall 2021

The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of fall term. Students may be eligible to request an exemption

We strongly recommend you get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S. and your last vaccine must be at least two weeks before the start of fall term on 9/27/21.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required Fall 2021: The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of fall term. Students may be eligible to request an exemption. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.

  • What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”? You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed since you received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (the number of does varies by manufacturer).
     
  • Will the UO accept vaccines other than those approved for use in the US? The UO will accept any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
     
  • If international students got a vaccine out of the US, how should they show proof? UO will allow international students to upload to the myUOHealth portal evidence of any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the same portal international students already use to upload other immunization records. Please note that these immunization records must be submitted in English. 
     
  • If international students received the first dose of a WHO-approved, two-dose vaccine outside the US, what should they do upon arrival in the US? Students who have received one dose of a WHO-approved, two-dose vaccine will need to wait 28 days after arrival to the U.S. and then begin the two-dose sequence of a US-approved vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a US-approved one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). This option is NOT recommended because your student visa only allows you to arrive up to 30 days prior to the start of the term. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
     
  • How can international students get a vaccine after arrival in Eugene? Students will be able to receive a vaccination upon arrival in Eugene via Lane County Public Health, private clinics, or pharmacies. However, starting your COVID vaccination in the U.S. may require you to arrive 4-5 weeks before the start of fall term. This option is NOT recommended because you are limited to arriving only 30 days prior to the start of the term. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
     
  • What are UO’s expectations/requirements with regard to quarantine on arrival as students await local vaccination? The UO recommends that travelers entering the US follow US Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for self-isolation depending on vaccination status.  Plan to arrive in the US early enough to follow these guidelines. 
     
  • Can international students move into UO residence halls if they have not been vaccinated? No. Please plan to be fully vaccinated before your arrival to the US. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
     
  • What if I cannot get the COVID vaccine prior to arrival to the U.S.? Students who cannot obtain a WHO-approved vaccine before arrival in the US may qualify for a temporary vaccine exemption. Those students must complete an exemption request, should indicate their intent to become vaccinated as soon as possible after arrival, and should comply with isolation/quarantine, timelines, and other requirements identified by the CDC and state and local authorities. The vaccine exemption process will be made available soon, and will be shared very broadly with all students, including incoming/returning international students. 

Moving into On-Campus Housing

If you have applied to live on-campus, please notify UO Housing of your arrival date so they can work with you on the move-in date.


Pre-Arrival Checklist

Please make sure you have completed the requirements in the Pre-Arrival Checklist


Immigration Document Check-In

Within 10 days of your arrival to the U.S., you are required to "check-in" online with International Student & Scholar Services. To check-in, log into iConnect Student Portal with your DuckID and submit the "Immigration Document Check-In" eform. You will need to upload a copy of your passport and the arrival stamp in your passport.