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International Student and Scholar Services

COVID-19 Update

Spring 2021 Guidance

Federal guidance for international students will remain the same for the spring term, according to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS has yet to issue official guidance but the remarks by the DHS spokeswoman are a strong indication that students should expect the same flexibility as before.

We've adjusted our recommendations for students based on new information. Please read below carefully.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you started your studies in the US in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, you must take at least one credit of face-to-face or blended courses to maintain status.
  • Continuing students who started their studies in the US prior to Summer 2020 may study entirely online but may also choose to take in-person or blended courses. In total, these courses must equal a full courseload -- 12 credits for undergraduates, 6 credits graduate programs.
  • Continuing students who started their studies in the US prior to Summer 2020 but are now outside of the US and unable to return to Dayton must register full-time in online courses to maintain their immigration statuses.
  • New students can come to UD, if they can obtain visas, but cannot be registered entirely online. New students are students who have never studied in the US before. A new student registering for at least one credit of face-to-face or blended courses can maintain his or her immigration status.



New CDC Requirement for Travellers Entering the US
If you plan to travel and enter or re-enter the US, you will need to get tested no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). 

Important highlights of the order:

  • Begins Jan 26, 2021. There is no specific end date.
  • The airline reviews your negative test result or documentation of recovery. Passengers whose documents are in a language other than English should check with their airline or aircraft operator before travel.
  • Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline. A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show the test was done within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result must show the test was done within the 3 months before the flight.

ISSS cannot verify your documentation. We encourage students to visit the CDC’s website, familiarize yourselves with the requirements, and direct questions to the airline as they are responsible for reviewing your documentation.

More detail can be found at the CDC website

Additional information on travel…. If you have an expired visa, ISSS reminds students that visa appointments are difficult to schedule and there is a chance of delay or denial. 

If you still plan to travel, be aware of the new CDC requirements mentioned above, developments in your home country, in the US, and globally. Any of these may affect future travel plans. 

UD is unable to provide "exit" testing. If students require COVID testing prior to leaving the US, they should visit a local pharmacy.  Walgreens, CVS, Little Clinic (inside some Krogers) all offer testing without doctor referral.  Appointments are required.  

ISSS will continue to notify students when there are major developments.  Check your UD email regularly for messages from ISSS and visit UD's Path Forward website to stay up-to-date on UD's plans for teaching, learning, promoting safety and lessening risk of COVID.

ISSS Mission

International Student and Scholar Services provides students and exchange visitors with immigration advising, workshops, and orientation, as well as social and extracurricular activities. ISSS extends its services and support to international faculty and research scholars and their dependents. Through collaboration with other departments and organizations, ISSS advocates on behalf of international students to ensure their academic, personal, and career goals.

ISSS Office Schedule

ISSS staff are available virtually from 8:30am-4:30pm on weekdays. Staff are available in the office from 9:00-11:00 am Monday-Friday if you need to visit in person.

To best serve you please keep in mind the following:

  • Most questions can be answered by phone, email, or virtual advising during normal business hours.  If your questions are not urgent, we ask that you first email
  • Most immigration process requests can now be submitted digitally using the ISSS request form
  • Virtual advising hour is 2:00 to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:00 to 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday.  Click this Zoom link to join a virtual advising hour.
  • Please email us to request a phone or video appointment with an advisor if your question is not answered by email and you are unable to attend the virtual advising hour.
  • In-person advising is only available by appointment, for urgent cases.
  • We will still be receiving and sending mail from Rike Center 204. I-20s, DS-2019s, and other immigration documents will be mailed to you as necessary. 
Contact ISSS

Rike Center, Room 204 (View campus map >>)
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1701

phone: 937-229-2748

Stay Informed: The ISSS newsletter contains important news and information.  Click here to read current and past editions.

Emily Grasso, Associate Director of Student Services
Jonathon Henderson, Immigration Coordinator
Tim Kao, Director


International Student and Scholar Services

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469