COVID-19 Updates Regarding International Students During Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

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/J-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 has started hybrid and in-person classes and remains focused on 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 we transition to Spring 2021, we are asking each international student to update International Services on your plans for the upcoming spring semester. We know these plans can change prior to January 6, 2021, however, having this information will allow International Services to best advise you on the fall and spring terms.

Students Accepted for the Spring 2021 Semester 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 November 15, 2021.
  • If you have not secured an F-1/J-1 visa for spring 2021, 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.
  • As a reminder, students in initial status cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the program start-date listed on their I-20s/DS-2019s.

Accepted for the Spring 2021 Semester 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 no later than November 15, 2021.

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 January 6, 2021 without permission from both your academic department and International Services. Late arrival requests must be submitted via the Report Program Start Information e-form located within the iStart Portal.
  • If you will not arrive for spring 2021 and you are deferring to a future semester, ex. Fall 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. Deferral requests must be submitted via the Report Program Start Information e-form located within the iStart Portal.
  • Details on International Services’ Virtual International Orientation will be released soon and posted here.  
  • 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:

  • If you need but have not secured an F-1/J-1 visa for spring 2021, 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 spring course requirements.
  • For fall 2020, Clemson University is offering the in-person and blended/hybrid course model. However, 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 Spring 2021:

Emergency Visa Appointment Support Letter Request
International Student Arrival Guide

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