FAQs for Current Students

Last Updated 10/30/2020

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

With the release of DHS/ICE’s Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 we now have a clearer understanding of how Yale's Fall 2020 choices of enrollment will impact your F-1 status. Below you will find updated FAQs on specific topics, but here are the key takeaways from the most recent DSH/ICE guidance:

  • Continuing students in F-1 Active status 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.
  • Students can download and print a letter explaining Yale's spring 2021 model
  • Each school at Yale will separately address conditions of a delayed attendance for fall term. New students in F-1 Initial status who will arrive after the start of classes must engage in a mixture of online and in-person classes upon arrival in the U.S.
  • If for public health reasons, Yale must shift to all online instruction at some point during the fall 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. This week there was an announcement to schools permitting “altered modalities” of study during the COVID-19 emergency either in-person, or online for Fall 2020 .

In addition to the FAQs below please continue to monitor university, and school specific policy regarding the fall semester including the recent communication about the Fall semester from President Salovey and Provost Strobel.


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