International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS)

NOTE: This guidance is based on current Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance as of March 9. If there is any change in the SEVP guidance, ISSS will send further notice.

Students with F-1 Status

Students who remain in the United States for the remainder of the semester will retain visa status even though classes are now online.

  • Per F-1 regulations, students are required to report any change of address to ISSSOffice@rpi.edu within 10 days.

If students remain enrolled, and report their location outside the United States, they will retain F-1 status.

  • Students must report their location to ISSS by March 23.
  • ISSS will send further information in coming days with the process for reporting locations.
  • If students have a valid F-1 visa, and return within five months, they should not have issues entering the U.S.

Please note that being absent from the U.S. for more than five months may present a risk for re-entry.

  • If students have a valid F-1 visa and return five months or more after their departure date, ISSS will write a letter to support why we believe the student should be allowed to enter the U.S. Please request this letter two months before travel via the ISSS Letter Request Form.

As always, the decision to allow entry is up to the CBP Officer at the Port of Entry.

If a student’s F-1 visa has expired, the student must apply for a new visa.

Note: If students have less than one academic year remaining in their program, and choose to exit the U.S., this may affect their ability to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students should contact ISSS during open hours to discuss their particular case.

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