COVID-19 Updates Regarding International Students During Fall 2020

Guidance for F-1 and J-1 Students
*Please continue to monitor this page and our Frequently Asked Questions page for updates.

Currently, the International Services team is working remotely. However, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

International Services continues to advise you regarding your F-1 visa status. It is our mission to provide you with the most up to date guidance in this rapidly changing environment. For F-1/J-1 advising and services, please contact our office at is@clemson.edu.  

Guidance for Fall 2020

Clemson University remains focused on returning to on-campus learning and living this Fall while prioritizing the health and safety of our students, employees and surrounding communities. Our goal is to continue to provide the world-class education, research and service that our students and state expect from us, even in the face of the unprecedented public health challenge presented by COVID-19.

As of July 20, 2020, Clemson University continues its plan to offer an in-person and blended/hybrid model of instruction in the fall 2020 semester. 

To best prepare for fall 2020, we are asking each international student to update International Services on your plans for fall 2020. We know these plans can change prior to August 19, however, having this information will allow International Services to best advise you on the fall term.

Accepted for the Fall 2020 Term Who Have Received I-20s/DS-2019s:

  • Please submit the Report Program Start Information e-form located under the “Pre-Arrival” tab within the iStart Portal no later than July 28, 2020.
  • If you have not secured an F-1/J-1 visa for fall 2020, you can request a letter of support from International Services to assist in scheduling an Emergency Expedited Visa Appointment at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. To request this letter, please submit the Emergency Visa Appointment Support Letter Request e-form located under the “Pre-Arrival” tab within the iStart Portal.

Accepted for the Fall 2020 Term Who Have NOT Received I-20s/DS-2019s:

  • Once you confirm with your academic department when you plan to begin your degree at Clemson (whether in-person or online), please submit the Request Certificate of Eligibility e-form located under the “Pre-Arrival” tab within the iStart Portal.

Please note:

  • Upon arriving at Clemson, new international students are required to complete their SEVIS check-in within 15 days of the start of classes or risk SEVIS termination.
  • Any late arrival must be approved by your academic department prior to your arrival in the U.S. and at Clemson University. You are not permitted to arrive to Clemson after August 19, 2020 without permission from both your academic department and the IS Office.
  • If you will not arrive for fall 2020 and you are deferring to a future semester, ex. Spring 2021, you will need to notify both your academic department and International Services. International Services will need to update your SEVIS record to reflect your new program start date and reissue your I-20/DS-2019.
  • Registration is open for International Services’ Virtual International Orientation.
  • Per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the SEVIS I-901 fee is valid up to 12 months from the date of payment.

Current International Students:

  • Fall 2020 – Please complete the Program Update Form no later than July 28, 2020.
  • If you need, but have not secured an F-1/J-1 visa for fall 2020, you can request a letter of support from International Services to assist in scheduling an Emergency Expedited Visa Appointment at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. To request this letter, please submit the Emergency Visa Appointment Support Letter Request e-form located under the “Pre-Arrival” tab within the iStart Portal.

Important Reminders for ALL international students:

  • Clemson is committed to assisting our F-1/J-1 international students who can join and/or want to remain in the U.S. to do so. We encourage all students to reach out to their academic programs and academic advisors for guidance on their fall course requirements.
  • While Clemson University currently plans to offer the in-person and blended/hybrid course model for fall 2020, if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, the University may be forced to move additional/all courses online, as we did for the spring and summer terms.

Important Links for Fall 2020:

Emergency Visa Appointment Support Letter Request
International Student Arrival Guide
Virtual Orientation Registration for International Students

Additional University Resources:

Clemson University COVID-19 Updates
Clemson University Graduate School
Clemson University Undergraduate Studies
Clemson University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Clemson University Student Health Services (Redfern)

Other Important Links:

U.S. Embassies/Consulates
U.S. State Department COVID-19 Traveler Information
Study in the States – COVID-19 Resources
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet on Travel between U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
CDC – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: China, Brazil, Iran, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Schengen Area