Office for International Services COVID-19 Updates
Director’s Notice to the Fordham International Community
Monday, August 24, 2020
Dear International Community,
Happy New (Academic) Year! I hope this note finds you healthy, safe and strong. Below, I will address six distinct audiences:
- Active students returning to the United States for studies or experiential work;
- Active students pursuing studies from abroad;
- new students beginning studies with Fordham in the United States;
- new students beginning studies with Fordham from abroad;
- those who planned to begin studies with Fordham this fall, but decided to defer admission to the spring 2021;
- and those who decided to take a gap year (or Term) or an Academic Leave of Absence.
Current Students - in the United States
(retained an ACTIVE SEVIS status in Spring or Summer 2020)
If you are currently in the United States, you only need to register for courses. Your course load may be comprised of: in-person, hybrid or virtual courses (or any combination of these categories). Please remain mindful of the completion date reflected on your current I-20.
For your information, Fordham University has published THE FORDHAM FORWARD RETURN-TO-CAMPUS GUIDE FOR STUDENTS.
Current Students - outside the United States
If you are abroad and plan to remain abroad during the Fall 2020 as you pursue a full time online program, simply contact us when you are ready to return to the United States for the Spring 2021 term. Your SEVIS status will remain ACTIVE through the Fall 2020 term.
Initial/New Students - coming to the United States
(newly entering the US, never retained an active SEVIS record in Spring / Summer 2020)
The most important issue for your immediate attention is for you to check in online with OIS here. Please ensure that you are enrolled in at least one in person or hybrid course. If you still plan to begin classes within the United States but are having challenges obtaining a visa and/or flight arrangements, please keep close and constant contact with OIS and your Class Dean, Program Officer, Chair or Academic Mentor.
Initial/New Students – studying from abroad
For those students beginning the academic career with Fordham University from abroad, your F1 status will begin when you enter the United States. If you have already received an F1 visa using your “Fall 2020 I-20,” that F1 visa will remain valid when you enter the United States. for Spring 2021 studies. OIS will be required to update your SEVIS record prior to arrival in the United States for the Spring 2021 term and will issue a new I-20 to you. If you did not obtain an F1 visa, contact OIS so that we could re-issue a Spring 2021 I-20 for you.
Spring 2021 attendees
Those who have decided to defer admission to Spring 2021, ensure that you have notified and received confirmation for this change from your respective Fordham University Admission Office.
Pursuing a Gap year (or Term) or an Academic Leave of Absence
If you are an ACTIVE student, but have chosen to take an Academic Leave of Absence, please contact the appropriate Dean at your specific school within Fordham University.
OIS will continue to work remotely for the near term while monitoring your need for in-person assistance. The Office will shortly open an electronic process for you to request individual advisement sessions through Zoom or telephonically. In-person appointments will be available upon request. Requests for in-person service should be made well in advance. Given the requirements dictated by the public health crisis, unscheduled walk-in appointments will not be available and preference is for advisement appointments to take place via Zoom or by phone.
If I have not specifically addressed your situation, please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may reach other members of the OIS team at our personal email address or through our general office email of email@example.com. We are here to serve you. Welcome back!
Salvatore C. Longarino
Office for International Services