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Summer 2021:

CSU San Bernardino’s Summer 2021 Classes

CSUSB Summer 2021 classes are primarily virtual with some hybrid classes available.  International Students can register online classes without any adverse effect to their immigration status.

Per the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)   guidance “SEVP will allow F-1 and M-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study in excess of the limits stated in 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) and 8 CFR 214.2(m)(9)(v), even if they have left the United States and are taking the online classes from elsewhere.”

Newly admitted students outside the United States can either study remotely online from their home country without an active immigration status or may travel to the U.S. if they are taking  a  hybrid class.

Continuing F-1 students who were in the U.S. prior to March 9, 2020 and had previously active SEVIS records can continue to study remotely online from their home country provided they maintain legal immigration status by registration for classes.

 

Fall 2021:

CSU San Bernardino’s plan to deliver classes In-person, online and in hybrid format for the Fall 2021 Term

 

CSUSB Campus Update:

With positive news of COVID-19 pandemic subsiding in the United States and in San Bernardino, CSU San Bernardino is planning to deliver classes primarily in-person for the Fall 2021 term.  However, we will continue offering online and hybrid classes along with in-person instruction.  

Please note that Summer 2021 classes are primarily virtual with some hybrid classes available.  

Immigration Update:

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Update

SEVP recently sent a broadcast message (https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bcm2104-05.pdf ) extending the March 2020 guidance for the 2021-22 academic year.

"The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19. The March 2020 guidance applies to nonimmigrant students who were actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9, 2020, and are otherwise complying with the terms of their nonimmigrant status, whether from inside the United States or abroad.”

Additional SEVP guidance provides that:

“SEVP will allow F-1 and M-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study in excess of the limits stated in 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) and 8 CFR 214.2(m)(9)(v), even if they have left the United States and are taking the online classes from elsewhere.”

As such, CSUSB is issuing I-20 forms to new and initial-status students allowing students to obtain a visa provided they are registered for  in-person and/or hybrid class(es)in the fall.

Newly admitted students outside the United States can either study remotely online from their home country without an active immigration status or may travel to the U.S. if they are taking  CSUSB classes in person or in hybrid mode.

Continuing F-1 students who were in the U.S. prior to March 9, 2020 and had previously active SEVIS records can continue to study remotely online from their home country provided they maintain legal immigration status by registration for classes.

 

Department of State (DOS) Update:

The DOS has recently provided new guidance on National Interest Exceptions (NIE) eligibilities for students from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and Ireland countries  (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-for-certain-travelers-from-china-Iran-brazil-south-africa-schengen-area-united-kingdom-and-ireland.html).

The new NIE states that F-1 or J-1 students planning to begin an academic program starting August 1, 2021 or later may qualify for an NIE. Students should contact their nearest embassy or consulate to seek individual NIE to travel.  Students can find embassy or consulate information at https://www.usembassy.gov/.

Students who already have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp in their passport can travel to the United States on that visa (if otherwise eligible) and do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an NIE to travel to the U.S. as the NIE will be given to these students automatically.

Please note that under the NIE guidance, new and continuing students cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days before their next program start date. 

 

Leaving the U.S:  

Students must ensure they have the required travel signatures on the I-20 form.  Travel signatures request can be submitted to CISP online at https://www.csusb.edu/cisp/online-services

Returning to the U.S:

  • COVID test are required within three calendar days prior to entering the U.S. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
  • Students should contact the closest office for any travel restrictions  & updates.  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
  • If visa stamp is expired it the student’s responsibility to renew it prior to reentry into the U.S.  
  • It may be difficult to obtain a visa appointment with some consulates/embassy offices due to office closures or visa processing backlogs.
  • Student’s passport must be current at all times. It is recommended that a replacement passport be obtained 6 months before current passport expires.
  • Traveling outside the U.S. during the current COVID-19 situation is risky and students may be subject to any applicable travel ban at the time of their return.

 

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