Overview of International Students at CCNY
Welcome to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). The Department of International Student & Scholar Services provides services and advocacy for the international students and scholars who are not permanent residents of the United States. Additionally, it provides pre-semester orientation programs and semester long workshops that assist with adapting to life in the United States while pursuing their education. Professional counseling assistance is available for students with immigration concerns, or academic and personal difficulties.
The Department of International Student & Scholar Services continues to operate remotely. For your convenience we have set up a Virtual Front Desk. Copy the link below, or call the phone number provided, to visit our Virtual Meeting Room and we will be there to answer your questions.
OISSS Update 4/26/2021
NOTICE: Fall 2021 Guidance
As a reminder the guidance states the following:
Guidance for Continuing Students
- Active F and M students will be permitted to temporarily count online classes toward a full course of study.
- Students actively enrolled at a U.S. school, who subsequently took courses online while outside of the country can re-enter the United States, even if their school is engaged solely in distance learning.
Guidance for Initial Students
- New or Initial F and M students will not be able to enter the United States as a nonimmigrant student for the 2021-22 academic year if their course of study is 100 percent online.
- A new student should be allowed to enter the United States if they are engaged in a hybrid program, with some requirement for in-person learning.
- Consistent with this restriction, DSOs should not issue a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” for a student in new or Initial status who is outside of the United States and plans to take classes at an SEVP-certified educational institution that is operating fully online.
OISSS Update 3/26/2021
On Feb. 26, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced flexibilities for certain international students affected by delayed receipt notices for Forms I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization.” These flexibilities apply only to applications received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through May 1, 2021, inclusive.
The flexibilities include changes to:
- The 14-month OPT Period
- Refiling following rejection
- Missing and deficient signatures
Please see the link below for more information on these flexibilities:
OISSS Update 1/13/2021
On January 12, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
This order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.
Please see the links below for more information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding this order.
OISSS Update 12/9/2020
Spring 2021 News!
DHS has confirmed that the guidance from Fall 2020 will apply for the Spring 2021 term.
"Nonimmigrant students should continue to abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020," said the spokeswoman, Carissa Cutrell. "The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19."
Continuing international students who were enrolled at a U.S. college as of March 9 can re-enter the U.S. even if their college is engaged in 100 percent distance learning, but new students since March 9 will not be permitted to enter the U.S. to take a fully online course of study this spring. New students will be able to enter the U.S. to take hybrid programs consisting of a mix of in-person and online coursework this spring.
OISSS Update 9/22/2020
SEVP has shared some resources for both International Students and the Department of International Student & Scholar Services staff. Please see the links below for more information on these resources.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
OISSS Update 7/28/2020
We updated our Frequently Asked Questions document reflecting the most recent changes regarding online study for the Fall 2020 semester.
We hope that you are all staying safe during this crisis.
OISSS Update 6/23/2020
OISSS Update 6/5/2020
Dear International Students and Scholars,
We hope you are all well and safe! We are closely monitoring President Trump's Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China. The proclamation is effective from June 1, 2020 and it remains in effect until the President terminates it.
According to the Secretary of State, Mr. Pompeo “The President’s proclamation suspends the entry into the United States of any People’s Republic of China national seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an F or J visa to study or conduct research in the United States, except for a student seeking to pursue undergraduate study, where the individual’s academic or research activities are likely to support a PRC entity that implements and supports the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “military-civil fusion” strategy.”
We would like to share a YouTube video by Arda Beskardes, an Attorney-at-Law, who discusses the latest immigration situation.
For the details regarding the proclamation, please see links below:
We will keep sharing updates with you as we receive them.
As of 1/13/2021, this proclamation has been extended to 3/31/2021.
OISSS UPDATE 3/24/2020
Please keep in mind that in order to return to the United States you will need a valid visa, if the visa has expired, you will need to apply for a renewal at the American Embassy abroad.
For information on the Coronavirus, click on the links below:
NOTICE: Summer 2021 Employment Opportunities
TPS Update for Venezuelan Citizens!
Beware of Scam Calls!
The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has reached out to inform us that there has recently been a spoofing scam taking place involving individuals using the SEVP Response Center (SRC) phone number (703-603-3400), or a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office phone number (757-441-6533), and claiming to be SRC representatives. The fraudulent callers are asking students to provide their immigration information, such as their Alien Registration Number or Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” information, or face deportation.
If you are a victim of this spoof call, please report it to the Department of International Student & Scholar Services immediately. We will report it to HSI for an investigation. If you are unsure about the validity of a call from an SEVP official, you can also reach out to us for assistance.
Things to remember:
- SEVP officials will NEVER ask you to provide credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
- NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
- Report all suspicious calls to the Department of International Student & Scholar Services immediately.
Spring 2021 Newsletter - International Student Adviser
This spring, you will read about the experiences of two of your classmates as they adjust to life and CCNY in the time of Coronavirus and look forward to a return to the CCNY campus.
If you would like to participate in our next edition please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Traveling to New York during COVID-19
As you may know we are closely monitoring any immigration changes regarding Covid-19. We would like to share a YouTube video by Arda Beskardes, an Attorney-at-Law, who shares the latest immigration updates about this very fluid situation on his account.
Please subscribe to his account to get the most recent immigration news that may impact you.
ATTENTION SPRING 2021 NEW STUDENTS
All new International Students are required to report your arrival into the U.S. to our office. Due to COVID-19 all reporting will be done electronically. Students must complete the Student Contact Sheet, and submit copies of their passport, visa, and a printout of the I-94 to email@example.com .
The form I-94 is available by inputting your passport information in the link below.
AS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS YOU ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FULL TIME
12 CREDITS UNDERGRADUATE
9 CREDITS GRADUATE
7 CREDITS PH.D
Also, in order to maintain matriculation you must be physically present within the United States
For DACA students who have reached our page, please click on this link for information specific to your status.
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