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Due to COVID-19 concerns, U of I announced that it would cancel in-person classes for the remainder of Spring 2020. Faculty will prepare courses so they can be completed by students from any location for the remainder of the semester.

Please know you and your families are an important part of the Vandal Family and we are here to continue to support you and answer questions. 

 

International Students (F-1/J-1 visa status)

The University of Idaho has established a website for university-wide updates regarding COVID-19 and it is updated as more information and questions come in. Please check it and your university email daily for updates.

U of I international students have approval from U.S. Immigration to remain in the U.S. while completing the semester online. You must continue to be enrolled full-time.

U.S. Immigration is allowing adjustments to schedules to accommodate changes implemented at U of I that result in you being dropped from class(es). If you are enrolled in a course that was canceled and your total credits drop below the minimum required, please request for Part Time Enrollment in iVandal so that we can make a note in your record of the approval.

You cannot remain in the U.S. if you are not engaged in full-time studies. Once you stop participating and attending courses online, you are no longer following the rules of your F-1/J-1 visa. You should contact International Services at ipo@uidaho.edu to complete the withdrawal process and leave the U.S. within 15 days.

All International Services will be done by email or phone. Please email ipo@uidaho.edu or call 208-885-8945 if you need assistance.

The University of Idaho encourages you to practice “social distancing,” therefore we will not be collecting documents. If you need to share or have the International Services team review your documents, please upload them in iVandal or email them to ipo@uidaho.edu.

We will temporarily be sending your documents electronically starting March 21, 2020, per USCIS approval. If you are planning to travel outside the U.S. you will need to print a copy, sign and date to use when you return.

Please submit your request in iVandal. We will print and sign a new I-20 with a travel signature and send it to you electronically. Keep all copies of your I-20s.

Yes! You must continue your studies as required by your professors and current immigration guidelines.

Housing and dining services will remain open for all students. Please communicate with Housing and Residence Life (housing@uidaho.edu) if you have questions. Housing and Residence Life is ready to assist you through this process if you choose to remain in your on-campus residence.

If you choose to stay with family in a different city in the U.S. you must update your U.S. address in iVandal within 10 days of moving. Remember, classes resume online on Monday, March 23, and you must continue to study to maintain your visa status while you remain in the U.S. Please contact ipo@uidaho.edu if you have questions about your visa status.

Please notify International Services via iVandal through the Travel Signature Request e-form. We will print you a new I-20/DS-2019 and send your documents electronically starting March 21, 2020. Contact your professors to ask about accommodations for completing your courses.

Your immigration status will remain active until the expiration date on your I-20/DS-2019 as long as you continue your studies for Spring semester 2020. If you have questions about your particular situation please email us at ipo@uidaho.edu. Please stay in touch and watch for updates in your VandalMail and let us know if you have questions.

Please contact your professors and advisors and make sure they are aware of any issues so that efforts can be made to resolve online course access issues before your departure.

Yes, you can continue with your CPT as long as you are otherwise maintaining your status. If you have questions particular to your situation, please email us at ipo@uidaho.edu.

Yes, if you are completing your degree in May, you can apply for OPT right now. Please anticipate possible delays longer than the typical three months processing. We are waiting for further guidance on whether students who travel home for the spring term to complete their studies online would be eligible to apply.

Please refer to the U of I website for the latest guidance on health care support and information.

Guidance from U.S. immigration can be found here.

It is also important to stay in touch with IPO regarding your immigration status, even while abroad. Staying in contact will ensure that we can fully support you wherever you are. All international students, staff and visiting scholars should call 208-885-8945 or email ipo@uidaho.edu instead of coming into the IPO office.

International Employees

All immigration rules and regulations pertaining to International employees on work visas (H-1Bs, TNs, O-1s, etc.) must still be followed. The IPO is monitoring any new changes or guidance from the Department of State closely and will update this webpage as new guidance comes out. If you have specific questions or concerns, contact Laila Cornwall at 208-885-4061 or via email at lailac@uidaho.edu .

The IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

Your current employment visa authorization was granted for a specific job at U of I. If there are significant changes made in your current position, such as a change in salary, hours worked, job responsibilities, etc., you must consult with International Services before these changes can take effect, as it may be necessary to file an amended employment petition. To consult with Laila Cornwall from the International Services team, email her at lailac@uidaho.edu.

Please refer to the “Can I work from Home?” section under Faculty/Staff as the standard policy for working from home for faculty and staff. Under current COVID-19 circumstances, this policy applies to all international employees on work visas, as well.

Should current risk level for COVID-19 change and the U of I decide that working from home becomes necessary, then yes, you may work from home with approval to do so through official U of I procedures. For more information regarding getting approval, see the information regarding flexplace arrangements.

Please keep the International Services team informed of any changes to your employment location. To consult with Laila Cornwall from the International Services team, call 208-885-4061 or email lailac@uidaho.edu.

H-1B visa specific guidelines: Under normal circumstances, international employees in H-1B visa status are restricted to working at the worksites listed on the underlying Labor Condition Application (LCA) filed with the U.S. Department of Labor prior to filing their H-1B petitions. The H-1B regulations, however, do allow H-1B workers to work remotely temporarily if their home is within the normal commuting distance from the worksite listed on the LCA. A new or amended H-1B petition is not required under current COVID-19 circumstances.

IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

U of I is committed to keeping its employees in valid employment work authorization status at all times. If your current employment visa is getting close to expiring — within six months or less — contact Laila Cornwall at 208-885-4061 or via email at lailac@uidaho.edu.

U of I is not sponsoring any international travel at this time for business and discourages international personal travel as well for ALL students and employees. The IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

If you have a specific question regarding your own or your employee’s employment visa status, please contact the International Services team at ipo@uidaho.edu or Laila Cornwall directly at 208-885-4061 or via email at lailac@uidaho.edu.

J-1 Scholars

Any questions about ensuring that your J-1 Scholar is maintaining their immigration status should be directed to the International Services team who can better assist you in identifying any violations that might occur. The team can be reached at 208-885-8945 or via email at ipo@uidaho.edu. To consult directly with Laila Cornwall from the International Services team, call 208-885-4061 or email lailac@uidaho.edu.

Yes, J-1 scholars may work from home with approval to do so through official U of I procedures. For more information about getting approval, see the information regarding Flexplace arrangements.

Please keep the International Services team informed of any changes to their employment location. To consult with Laila Cornwall from the International Services team, call 208-885-4061 or email lailac@uidaho.edu.

Pending specific guidance from the Department of Homeland Security, these Scholars would presumably be treated as if they were on an approved leave, and therefore would not be out of immigration status for failure to work.

The IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

Feb. 7, 2020, SEVIS guidance from the Department of State Office of Private Sector Exchange indicates sponsors may keep the J-1 Scholar’s DS-2019 active, even if maximum time has been reached, through amending the J-1 Scholar’s program end date. The J-1 Scholar’s activities must remain consistent with their original purpose of travel to the U.S. Any program extension should include a program of activity appropriate to the J-1 visa. The J-1 Scholar, sponsor or supporting third parties will need to provide the funding for any program extensions. 

Consult with the International Services team about options available to either keep your J-1 Scholar in active status through an extension of their program or assist them in making travel plans as travel restrictions allow. International Services can be reached at 208-885-8945 or via email at ipo@uidaho.edu. To consult directly with Laila Cornwall from the International Services team, call 208-885-4061 or email lailac@uidaho.edu.

The IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

March 16, 2020, SEVIS guidance from the Department of State Office of Private Sector Exchange states all sponsors are urged to either cancel the programs altogether or defer the start dates to a date past the current recommended 60-day suspension period and issue new DS-2019 forms.

The International Services team is communicating with supervisors who are expecting new J-1 Scholars with start dates prior to May 11, 2020, to ask them to cancel the program or defer the J-1 Scholar’s program to a later date. International Services cannot guarantee that the new Scholar will be able to arrive on time as all dates are subject to review and suspension extension if deemed necessary by the Department of State.  

The IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

Yes, the International Services team in the IPO is still processing J-1 Scholar applications for new J-1 visiting Scholars, researchers and visiting professors. If you have any questions about how to proceed or to request access to begin processing a new J-1 Scholar application, email ipo@uidaho.edu. To consult directly with Laila Cornwall from the International Services team, call 208-885-4061 or email lailac@uidaho.edu.

The Department of State Office of Private Sector Exchange has not suspended the J-1 program; however, all sponsors have received guidance to postpone ALL program start dates for 60 days after March 12, 2020, for new incoming international J-1 Scholars who are outside the U.S. As the State Department has issued a Global Level 3 travel advisory, the suspension applies to ALL countries.

The International Services team is processing new J-1 Scholar applications with start dates after May 11, 2020. International Services cannot guarantee that the new Scholar will be able to arrive on time as all dates are subject to review and suspension extension if deemed necessary by the Department of State.  

Your J-1 Scholar has been approved to participate in this cultural exchange at the U of I with the specific purpose to perform the duties as listed on their J-1 Scholar application and DS-2019. Major changes to their employment — such as going from performing research to teaching a course — must be approved by the International Services team and Human Resources AND their program must be amended to reflect these changes.

Please note: J-1 Scholars who are at U of I in an unpaid position cannot perform new job duties that are normally considered job duties of a paid position for no compensation. Contact the International Services team at ipo@uidaho.edu for more information.

U.S. immigration rules and regulations only apply to the J-1 Scholar when that individual is physically present in the U.S.

Current guidance from the Department of State directs all schools to discourage ALL individuals who are already in the U.S. in J-1 visa status from traveling back to their home countries if they plan to return to complete their J-1 programs. Travel restrictions are currently in place that would prevent Scholars from returning to the U.S. safely. With circumstances changing daily, we cannot guarantee scholars would be able to return as expected.

U of I is not sponsoring any international travel for business at this time and discourages international personal travel as well. The IPO office continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

However, March 16, 2020, guidance from the Department of State Office of Private Sector Exchange says there are two choices if a current J-1 Scholar must go home and/or is stuck outside the U.S. because their visa is expired, and they are not able to renew it, or they cannot return due to current travel restrictions:

  1. You can choose to shorten their program. This ends the J-1 Scholar’s program and they will not be able to return until a new DS-2019 is issued for them and current travel restrictions are no longer in effect. To shorten the J-1 Scholar’s program, email Laila Cornwall at lailac@uidaho.edu. This is the preferred option for J-1 Scholars who are currently in the U.S. but who must or choose to go home for personal reasons prior to their program end date.
  2. You can choose to keep the J-1 Scholar record active until the J-1 Scholar is able to return to the U.S. to continue with their original program objectives. Please note that the J-1 Scholar should be mindful of when their visa expires as they may need to renew their visa before they can return to continue their program.

If you do have a J-1 visiting Scholar who is currently in active visa status stuck outside the U.S, email Laila Cornwall at lailac@uidaho.edu.

The IPO continues to monitor the situation and will update guidelines as needed.

If you have a specific question regarding your own or your employee’s J-1 Scholar visa status, contact the International Services team at ipo@uidaho.edu or Laila Cornwall directly at lailac@uidaho.edu.

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