Office for International Services COVID-19 Updates
Director’s Notice to the Fordham International Community
Notice to Fordham University's International Community Regarding DHS/ICE Broadcast Message: COVID-19 and Fall 2020 issued on July 6, 2020
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Trump Administration rescinded its policy as announced in ICE's Broadcast of July 6, 2020 that would have stripped visas from international students whose courses move exclusively online in the fall due to COVID-19. It remains unclear how this affects F1 students who remain outside the US and new F1s planning to begin studies at Fordham this fall. OIS will update you as we receive further guidance.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Dear International Community,
Since I last wrote to you: on July 6, 2020, ICE issued a Broadcast adversely affecting our F1s. Responding to strong and widespread advocacy against this Broadcast, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Trump Administration rescinded its policy as announced in ICE's Broadcast of July 6, 2020. Even though SEVP issued new guidance on July 15, 2020, it still remains unclear because it was simply a republishing of March 2020 guidance not specifically addressing the Fall 2020 term. Therefore, I will update you as we receive further guidance.
Second, as of this day, Fordham University is planning to resume on-ground instruction at the beginning of Fall term 2020 through a flexible hybrid model, with provisions to reduce the density of living and learning spaces to ensure appropriate social distancing: https://www.fordham.edu/info/29768/fordham_forward
Today, Fr. McShane has given us the most recent update concerning these provisions here. Please reference the update in the following link: https://news.fordham.edu/university-news/fordham-forward-update-monday-july-20-2020/
Third, if you have confirmed a flight to return to the US, or have scheduled a visa appointment at a US Consulate, contact OIS so we could scan you a new I-20 reflecting a specialized annotation which will facilitate this process.
Fourth, if your SEVIS record is currently in ACTIVE STATUS and you believe you could not return or have decided not to, first contact your Dean’s Office. Between that office and OIS, we will extend further guidance whether you wish to pursue studies abroad or take a break from your studies. It appears that SEVP will allow you to keep your current SEVIS record if you enroll virtually abroad during the COVID-19 crisis.
Fifth, The State Department has recently posted notice and FAQ on their website on the phased resumption on routine visa services and updates regarding Presidential Proclamations: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/phased-resumption-routine-visa-services.html
The Department of State tweeted last week:
"US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. We are unable to provide details for each location.
Please monitor the embassy or consulate website for updates."
Sixth, those who are completing your programs in August and still remain abroad – ICE and CIS are still considering options for you on how to submit an OPT application.
Seventh, I assume you constantly review our OIS FAQ website links, as we state for you to please check our COVID-19 FAQ page and COVID-19 Update page for the latest news and happenings affecting you, our international community. We plan to enhance the FAQ page through working closely with your respective School’s Deans and Officers, by introducing customized sections per school within the OIS COVID-19 site, so you could find specialized updates.
Finally, please keep in contact with OIS via our website and firstname.lastname@example.org, and with all other pertinent officials at Fordham University. We are here to serve you.
Salvatore C. Longarino
Office for International Services