International Students, Scholars & Visas COVID-19 FAQs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) understands that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emergency situation which is affecting many universities and international students who are studying in the United States.
It is important to remember that you are responsible for maintaining your nonimmigrant student status during this time and communicating with your Designated School Official (DSO) with any questions about Adelphi University’s emergency plans.
The Student Exchange and Visitors Program (SEVP) is committed to remaining flexible in allowing schools to make temporary procedural adaptations so nonimmigrant students can continue to make normal forward progress in their program of study. Students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer.
What this means for you:
- If you wish to return home to be with your families, you can do so and continue to maintain their F-1 status during this time.
- You must be able to have a secure internet connection to continue your studies and maintain progress in your courses so you remain in full time status.
Yes, nonimmigrant students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as additional information concerning the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer. View Guidance for SEVP Stakeholders from the Department of Homeland Security.
Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, nonimmigrant students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, both department of health and CDC websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.
All F and J students and scholars should keep the following items in a safe, secure place so that they are easily accessible in the event of an emergency:
- Passport and visa
- Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status: Form I-20, or Certificate of Eligibility: Form DS-2019
- Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document,” if applicable
You will be notified of any updates through University email and the Emergency Notification (RAVE) Alerts. You must make sure you have access to and are checking your University email account.
Adelphi Community Members: If you have not been receiving important emails from Adelphi University Executive Leadership, you may have previously unsubscribed. To re-subscribe to University emails, you can click on this Constant Contact link, confirm your Adelphi contact information, and agree to receive important news again.
If you have not already signed up for university alerts, please do so by clicking the link below. For those interested, Adelphi offers the ability to opt in to receive RAVE alerts on your mobile devices in one of the following languages:
- Chinese (simplified)
Information can be found on the program website here and their contact information is below.
Telephone: 703.603.3400 or 1.800.892.4829
You should contact your DSO, Wendy Badala. Your DSO is available to provide you with assistance regarding your international student and scholar status and can be contacted at: