We’ve answered some of the most common questions international students have had here. If you have more questions please contact the Center for International Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-942-2083.
COVID-19, Visa Status, & Online Classes
- Since Angelo State University has shifted to all on-line instruction for the rest of the spring semester, does that mean I am still in good immigration standing?
- Yes. If you are enrolled in full-time classes this spring semester than you are still considered in good immigration status. This does not change even though the courses are moved to online. Due to this unprecedented situation, an exception is being made for students to complete their spring courses online while continuing to remain in the U.S.
- Will offices on campus, including the Center for International Studies, remain open for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester?
- Yes. The university and essential functions will remain open at this time. The CIS Office is open. Information is subject to change and we will update our office availability as new information comes in.
- Please be aware that many face-to-face appointments will need to be changed to telephone, video, or email appointments.
- If you have any questions, please remember you can call the CIS at: 325-942-2083 or Email at:email@example.com.
- I have a question about COVID-19 that is not related to my immigration status. Who should I talk to?
Are you considering traveling home for the rest of the Spring Semester?
Questions you must ask yourself if Returning Home:
- Are you able to access the technology used at ASU for online coursework in your home country (e.g., Blackboard, Collaborate, etc.)? Will you require a VPN to access it?
- Have you considered the difference in time zones between Texas and your home country?
- For example, if your professor chooses to use Collaborate they may want to keep the same class time and date but will hold the class virtually, and you will still need to participate fully as if you were physically in the classroom. Also, keep in mind the time zone impacts of this. Discuss these concerns directly with your professor, and receive confirmation prior to travel.
- Is your passport valid for a return to ASU in August (for the Fall semester)? Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date to the U.S.
- Is your F-1 visa still valid for a return in August?
- Be mindful that some US Embassies and Consulates in some countries are currently CLOSED and that we anticipate significant delays in renewing your visa. Be prepared that more embassies/consulates could shut down during this time in further countries.
- Does your I-20 have a recent travel signature that has been signed AFTER September 1, 2019? If not you need to have a new travel signature from our office.
- Did you know that the CDC and is strongly recommending suspending/cancelling nonessential international and domestic travel?
- If you are checking out of your Residence Hall please refer to the information on the COVID-19 page for Students.
- Have you discussed the potential risks associated with travel with your family back home?
PLEASE BE AWARE: 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 could be disrupted, or you may be quarantined upon your return. If your travel is related to your academic program, please consult your department or academic advisor about your travel plans.
Travel Questions & Information
- If you have questions about Travel – please visit the following webpages for additional information and resources:
- Please remember to obtain a Travel Signature before leaving the country. You do NOT need a signature if the CIS signed your I-20 AFTER September 1, 2019.
Employment: On-Campus, OPT, & CPT
- Spring 2020 is my last semester. Can I depart the U.S. now, finish my online classes and return to the U.S. after the program end date to apply for Post-Completion OPT?
- No. The CIS does NOT recommend returning home if you plan to apply for Post-Completion OPT. You will not be able to return to the U.S. past the program end date on your I-20 if you have not applied for Post-Completion OPT. If you have questions please request an appointment with the CIS.
- This is my last semester and I am not returning home. Can I still apply for Post-Completion OPT?
- If you are remaining in the U.S. to finish you last semester, you may be eligible to apply for Post-Completion OPT. Please contact the CIS for a Post-Completion OPT email application packet.
- I’ve applied for OPT. What should I do?
Please review the following scenarios:
- I’ve applied for OPT and my application is pending: Continue monitoring the official COVID-19 web page as well as your mail and email for updates regarding the status of your application from USCIS.
- I’ve applied for OPT, received my EAD, and will start to work soon. My employer still wants me to come in. Am I okay to do so? Please work directly with your employer if you have questions or concerns.
- I’m on OPT but my place of work is closed. What should I do? Please contact our office by phone at 325-942-2083 to schedule a phone appointment with an international student advisor to discuss your options.
The CIS does NOT recommend students to travel internationally when their Post-Completion application is pending with USCIS. We always recommend students to remain in U.S. as they are required to show their EAD card when returning to U.S. With the current COVID-19 outbreak, we are unsure what it may look like when you are planning to return. If you are considering returning home and this is your last semester, please speak with a CIS advisor.
We do not know how long 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 could be disrupted, or you may be quarantined upon your return.
- Can I continue to work on campus? Will I still get paid?
- Yes. Students are eligible to work on campus, but please contact your supervisor with any questions or concerns. Please remember that students are still restricted to 20 hours per week for on-campus work during the fall and spring semester, even if classes have moved online. *Remember: Employment policies may change at any time. Keep in contact with your supervisor!