If I opt-in to the online option for fall, what must I do to maintain F1 visa status and I20 travel signatures? (Added June 24)
For students who are new to Purdue and who are outside the United States. The most recent guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was issued June 4, 2020, indicates that students who are outside the United States and who have not yet established student visa “status” in the United States should “remain outside the United States” until the campus fully resumes standard operations. Purdue has asked for further clarification.
Continuing or SEVIS transfer students who have previously established status inside the United States may have other options. However, until we have further guidance from the Department of Homeland Security related to the fall 2020 semester, students who wish to maintain their visa status must be physically present on the West Lafayette campus attending a full course of study via traditional face-to-face classroom learning. Students arriving from outside the U.S. should plan to arrive on-campus two weeks before attending any activities on campus, including classes. This two weeks period will allow the student to observe mandatory self-quarantine before participating in face-to-face activities. We will post updates on this site as we receive additional guidance.
If ISS is required to end a student’s status because they are unable to return to the West Lafayette campus, ISS will work carefully with the student to help them regain status when they are able to resume engaging in a full course of study at the West Lafayette campus, after Purdue University fully resumes normal operations.
Students may request travel signatures and ask that the document be shipped directly to them (at the student’s expense) anywhere in the world, except certain comprehensively sanctioned countries.