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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for International Students

We do not recommend international students travel outside the US during summer break. If you must travel, please consider the following:

  • Several countries have placed restrictions on travelers arriving from the US. Dependent on your destination, please confirm whether you may face any travel restrictions or a mandatory quarantine.
  • If you are able to travel abroad, there is no guarantee you will be able to return to the US. Currently, there are entry bans on many countries for all non-US citizens. Entry bans apply to ALL student visas. Further, countries may be added to the entry ban list. View information and updates on US entry bans.
  • Visa Renewal: If you were planning to renew your F-1 visa during the summer break, be aware the US Department of State has suspended routine visa services until further notice. Review the website of the consulate or embassy you intend to use regarding updates on resumption of their services.
  • As always, check the travel signature expiration date on your I-20 before you travel. Amid COVID-19, your travel signature is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months into the future and your US visa has not expired.
  • If this was your last semester of study and you have applied for the post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), you cannot leave the US until after your case has been adjudicated by USCIS.
  • If you did not apply for OPT yet, but traveled outside of the US after the program end date (during the 60-day grace period), you will have negated your eligibility to apply for OPT. View information about OPT rule and travel.

If you encounter any challenges upon arrival returning to the US and are able to make a phone call, please contact Pace University’s Office of Safety and Security at (212) 346-1800. This office is open 24 hours a day. For more information, please contact Mira Krasnov, director of Pace’s International Students and Scholars program, at mkrasnov@pace.edu.