More information about orientation will be sent to you by the end of May. If you have further questions about anything on this page, please contact Kendra Hossain-Morehead at email@example.com.
International students are expected to complete their studies in person from now on. As of May 11, SEVP announced the termination of COVID-19 guidance, and schools are expected to return to normal operations. If you have questions about what this means, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in J-1 status should plan to take a fully in-person course load for the Fall 2023 term. If you have further questions, please contact email@example.com.
J-1 scholars should plan to conduct their research/teaching in person at this time. If you have further questions, please contact Kendra Hossain-Morehead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All consular processes that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic should have resumed at this time, although some embassies and consulates are still experiencing backlogs. Please check your local embassy or consulate website for more information on your specific case. If you have questions about your ability to apply for a visa at this time, please contact email@example.com.
Should new students be unable to secure a visa this summer for fall study, I-20 or DS-2019 documentation will be deferred for a start date in the spring semester. With this change, students will receive a new I-20 or DS-2019 with the updated dates.
SEVP has authorized the continued use of electronic signatures on I-20s. If you are outside the Des Moines area and require a new I-20 for any reason (OPT, travel signature, etc.), we will be sending you a scan of the signed I-20. You will need to print any scanned documents and use them as originals.
The Department of State has also now allowed the use of electronic submission of DS-2019s. If you are in need of a new DS-2019 or a travel signature, please send us an official scan (not a photo) of your DS-2019. We will print, sign, and scan the document back to you if you are unable to pick it up in person. You will need to print any scanned documents and use them as originals.
There are currently no COVID-19 travel restrictions based on location.
Additionally, as of 12:01 am EDT May 12, 2023, noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States. Visit the CDC website to learn more.