COVID-19 Resources

Immigration Updates
ISSS COVID FAQ
OPT COVID FAQ
Newly Admitted Student FAQ

The UNT campus is closed but our office is operating remotely. 
All advising will be held virtually via email at internationaladvising@unt.edu or via Zoom during standard advising hours.

Location Survey

Please submit this survey so that we know if you have left the U.S. or if you have chosen to stay in the U.S. We will use the information provided so that we can send you specific updates as they relate to your immigration status, international travel, and enrollment. Please submit the survey

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. If there are multiple students and scholars in the queue, you will be placed directly into a waiting room. 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 5 minutes.

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

Graduating this May?

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. internationaladvising@unt.edu.

Visa Status Questions – Impact of Moving 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 will not be affected by the move of Spring 2020 classes to online and alternative delivery. Please note that F-1 and J-1 students must continue to maintain full-time enrollment despite the shift to online and alternative delivery.

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. 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. 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.

Returning to UNT in Summer/Fall

If you depart the country either this semester or in summer, 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 jinfo@unt.edu if you need a travel signature for your DS-2019. You must prepay for document shipping via eShipGlobal through iNorthTX.

At this time, it is unknown what the state of travel bans and Entry Bans will be in Summer or the Fall Semester. Some of these bans are temporary, but the situation is constantly changing.

Summer enrollment is not required for continuing students. Summer enrollment is only required for students in the first or last semester of study in their degree program. At this time, all standard requirements that limit online course enrollment are in place.

Fall 2020 enrollment will be required for all international students to maintain their F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. At this time, all standard requirements that limit online course enrollment are in place.

If you do go back to your home country now or during the summer, it is vitally important that you monitor HealthAlerts.unt.edu for 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 our website for immigration-related travel updates

Restrictions on Travel to the U.S. from China, Iran, and Europe

  1. On Friday, January 31, 2020, President Trump signed Proclamation 9984 which suspends entry into the United States of all foreign nationals (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the People's Republic of China (excluding Macau and Hong Kong) during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. There are some exclusions to this suspended entry. This ban is effective February 2nd at 4:00 pm central standard time. 
     
  2. On February 29, 2020, an additional Presidential Proclamation was issued. This proclamation suspends entry of all foreign nationals (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within Iran during the 14 day period prior to their entry or attempted entry to the United States. There are some exclusions to this suspended entry. This ban is effective March 2nd at 4:00 pm central standard time. 
     
  3. On March 11, 2020, President Trump issued an additional Presidential Proclamation that suspends entry of all foreign nationals (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within one or more of 26 European countries during the 14 day period prior to their entry or attempted entry to the United States. There are some exclusions (such as immediate family members to US citizens) to this suspended entry. This ban will go into effect on March 13th at 10:59 pm central daylight time. The impacted countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
     
  4. On March 13, 2020, President Trump added the United Kingdom and Ireland to the list of suspended entry for foreign nationals. This travel ban will go into effect at 10:59 pm central daylight time on March 16th. 

All flights will be routed through 13 airports for additional screening for those who meet exceptions. Read more.

Updated 4.22.2020