International Student and Scholar Services

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

International Student Travel
Travel Effective January 26, all incoming airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide results of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

Expansion of National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Regional COVID Proclamations  
As of April 26, 2021, the U.S. government has established additional National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Regional COVID Proclamations on student visas for applicants from Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa similar to existing NIEs for Schengen countries, the UK and Ireland. Please see the announcement from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs.  

International Student Athletes 
The NCAA has recently adopted an interim policy permitting collegiate student athletes to earn compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) is actively monitoring the situation regarding NIL legislation and discussing regulatory impact with the government partners within Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  We have not received specific guidance regarding how NIL opportunities might impact international students at this point but will keep you informed of any updates we may receive in future.

Please be reminded that failure to comply with all immigration regulations may have serious consequence for student athletes such as losing an ability to remain in the United States or obtain visas or other immigration benefits in the future. For this reason, international student athletes considering entering into NIL transactions should use great caution as there is no guaranty that such a transaction will not jeopardize your immigration status. In addition, we strongly encourage any student considering such a transaction to seek advice from legal counsel well versed in immigration law and NIL legislation. We cannot give you legal advice on this matter. For more information, review the International Student Athletes Guidance