COVID-19 Resources

Current Student COVID FAQ
Immigration Updates

Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm for document pick up only.

Please continue to submit document requests via email or iNorthTX. 
All advising will be held virtually via email at, via Zoom appointment, or via telephone during advising hours.

If you are traveling to enter the U.S. for Spring 2023, please print out our Entry Support Letter and carry it with you for both your visa appointment and your entry to the U.S.

Beginning November 8 at 12:01 EST, all nonimmigrants (for example, F1, J1, and H1B visa holders and their dependents) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by an accepted vaccine. There are very limited exceptions to this rule. You can read more on our website or through a professional analysis

Virtual Advising

Mondays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Schedule an Appointment for Virtual Advising via Zoom Students and scholars will be connected with a UNT Immigration Advisor. Please note, virtual advising is meant for shorter inquiries, and in order to serve all students and scholars, we ask that advising be limited to 10 minutes.

Remember, general inquiries can still be submitted to
J-1 Students and Scholars, please email and your Senior Immigration Advisor will schedule a time to speak with you via phone or Zoom.

Returning to UNT in Fall 2022

If you depart the country, don’t forget that you will need the following to be able to return to the U.S. on F-1 or J-1 student visa status:

  1. a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019,
  2. a valid passport,
  3. a valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp.

If you have already departed the U.S. and did not get a travel signature before your departure, please submit a Request for Revised I-20 via iNorthTX. Email if you need a travel signature for your DS-2019. You must prepay for document shipping via eShipGlobal through iNorthTX.

Please monitor our immigration updates page for the state of any federal entry bans to the United States. Some of these bans are temporary, but the situation is constantly changing. As of November 8, all nonimmigrants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entering the United States. In addition, you may need to plan to self-isolate inside the United States for 10 days prior to returning to campus from an international trip. 

If you do go back to your home country, it is vitally important that you monitor the most recent campus information, that you stay aware of CDC travel watches, alerts and warnings, and seek out additional CDC and State Department updates, and that you monitor immigration-related travel updates

As of June 12, proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the United States via air is no longer required. If you have specific questions about proof of negative tests, you should contact the airline with which you are traveling. 

Departing the U.S. to Complete Studies Online

ISSS has received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and separately from the Department of State that F-1 and J-1 students’ visa status who wish to return to their home country to continue online studies may do so for the Fall 2022 semester. This notice suspends the 5-month rule for absences which allows students to remain outside the US for more than 5 months without impact to SEVIS record. ISSS will maintain your F-1 I-20 or J-1 DS-2019 while you are out-of-country for Fall 2022 as long as you maintain full-time enrollment. Your I-20/DS-2019 and F-1/J-1 student status is not in any jeopardy. Please note that F-1 and J-1 students must continue to maintain full-time enrollment despite the shift to online and alternative delivery.

Please be aware that travel abroad may be challenging at the moment. Many countries have introduced restrictions on transit and entry. We recommend that you monitor conditions through your home country’s Embassy page.

OPT Applications

International Student & Scholar Services is processing OPT applications online via email. Please note: Students applying for OPT must be inside the United States at the time of application. Those considering departure from the U.S. for the term need to communicate with ISSS about their plans and seek advice.

Updated 08.31.2022