FAQs for Current Students

Last Updated January 19, 2021

Traveling for winter or spring break? Read the Travel & Visa FAQs.

Will you be coming to Yale this semester? Check out the Arriving at Yale in Spring 2021 page.

Below you will find updated FAQs on specific topics, but here are the key takeaways from the most recent DSH/ICE guidance:

  • All new students studying in the U.S. for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semester must have an in-person component in your course schedule. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not issued additional guidance for the Spring 2021 semester so schools must follow the guidance issued on August 7, 2020 . Given the many different programs within Yale, specific questions about enrollment options for the spring semester are best answered by directly communicating with your school. 
  • Continuing students in F-1 Active status on March 9, 2020 are permitted to study in-person, 100% online or a combination of both. Continuing students who chose to study remotely from outside the U.S. may do so and will retain their active SEVIS record.
  • If for public health reasons, Yale must shift to all online instruction at some point during the spring semester, all F-1 students holding Active SEVIS status (including newly arrived students who have checked in with OISS) will be able to maintain their nonimmigrant status.
  • Students currently outside the U.S. need to be mindful of other international travel issues such as travel restrictions, transit rules, availability of flights, and limited operations at the U.S. Embassies/Consulates. Please review the OISS Current Travel Restrictions Page.

Note: J-1 students operate under different guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State.  In the fall,  the J-1 Exchange Visitor program announced that it is permitting “altered modalities” of study during the COVID-19 emergency either in-person.  There has been  no future guidance since the fall.  .

In addition to the FAQs below please continue to monitor university, and school specific policy regarding the spring semester including the recent Yale community messages.


Getting Help from OISS


Immigration Status Questions



Travel and Visa Questions

Please check out our Arriving at Yale in Spring 2021 page as it contains many important resources and an arrival checklist.