COVID19 FAQs for International Students

ISSS will continue to provide timely support to you throughout this period. Your health and safety-- as well as your immigration status-- continue to be our top priorities.

Below we address some frequently asked questions for international students. If you need additional clarification or have questions that are not answered below please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at [email protected]. Now more than ever it is crucial that you check your albany.edu email address daily.

General Office Procedure Questions

Q: What are the options for getting advisement from ISSS? (In-person, by phone, or by Zoom)

Q: What if I have a document request for ISSS, can I submit it electronically?

Q: What if I have a document I need to pick-up from ISSS?

Registration and Academic Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. How will courses be offered in Fall 2021?  What will the DHS registration requirements be for Fall 2021?

Q. What if I can’t return to the U.S. for in-person coursework in Fall 2021?

Q. What is the DHS guidance for online course loads for Spring 2022?

Employment Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. Can I continue working on-campus remotely?

Q. Are students still eligible to apply for CPT authorization? Can students work remotely while authorized for CPT?

Q: I’m graduating this term, can I still apply for post-completion OPT?

Q.  Does time spent enrolled full-time from outside the U.S. count towards my academic year completion requirement for practical training (CPT/OPT) eligibility?

Q. Due to the current job market, I’m worried about finding a job on post-completion OPT before I exceed the 90 days of unemployment allowed. Do you have any suggestions?

Q. I am on post-completion OPT/STEM OPT and my employment hours have decreased due to COVID-19. Is this okay? What do I need to report?

Q. I am working remotely on OPT/STEM OPT due to COVID-19. Is this okay? What do I need to report?

Q. What is off-campus work authorization due to economic hardship, and how do I apply?

Quarantine, COVID Testing, & COVID Vaccination Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. Are vaccinations/booster shots required by the University and/or to enter the U.S.? 

Q. What are the Spring 2022 Pre-Arrival Instructions for all students (new and continuing)?

Q. Which COVID-19 vaccines will be accepted by the University? 

Q. How do I submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19?

Q. How can I get food and supplies while in quarantine?

Q: Where can I get a COVID-19 PCR and/or antigen test in New York State?

Q. Can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine in New York State?

Q. What are the rules for requesting a vaccination exemption?

Travel and Visa Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. What travel restrictions/risks should I consider if I’m planning to travel outside the United States? 

Q. How do I request a travel signature for my I-20 or DS-2019?

Q. What about renewing my F-1 or J-1 visa? Will that be possible at this time?

Q. I recently completed my F-1/J-1 program and am now in my grace period (the grace period is 60 days for F-1 students, 30 days for J-1 students). What if I’m having trouble finding a flight to depart the U.S.?

Wellbeing and Financial Considerations for F-1/J-1 students

Q. I am facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 emergency. What resources are available for international students?

Q. I am experiencing food insecurity.  Are there local food banks available?

Q. Where can I find information about the CARES Act, stimulus checks, an unemployment insurance, and how those relate to F-1/J-1 international students?

Q. I am feeling stress/anxiety. What resources are available? Where can I go for help?

Q. I have health concerns related to COVID-19. Is Health Services open?

Housing/Living Considerations for F-1/J-1 students


Q. How do I report where I am currently living?

 

General Office Procedure Questions

Q: What are the options for getting advisement from ISSS? (In-person, by phone, or by Zoom)

ISSS Wintersession Virtual Office (December 20, 2021-January 21, 2022)

While the Science Library building is closed over wintersession ISSS will continue all operations virtually (December 20-January 21st). We will still be available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm in the virtual format.

  • Students who need advising or other assistance may schedule a Zoom appointment or email [email protected] for assistance.
  • Students may continue to submit all document processing requests, including travel signature requests, through the EForms available on our website: https://www.albany.edu/isss/forms.php. Students should allow 5-7 business days for processing of any requests.
  • In-person pick-up will not be available during this period. However, students may have documents emailed or mailed to them.

Students whose needs are not met by the above virtual availability should contact [email protected] for additional guidance.  

Q: What if I have a document request for ISSS, can I submit it electronically?
A. All document requests may be submitted electronically, either through an Eform or fillable PDF document which you can email to [email protected] You can access all forms on our website here: https://www.albany.edu/isss/forms.php.

Q: What if I have a document I need to get from ISSS?

In-person pick-up of documents at the office (such as EAD cards) is available during normal business hours during the semester.  However, in-person pick-up will not be available while the Science Library building is closed over wintersession (December 20-January 14).

Other options for delivery of documents are:

  1. Electronic Delivery (I-20s only)- Due to COVID-19 emergency guidance, students may request receive an electronic, signed I-20 scanned through email.  The student is responsible for printing this I-20 out. If you do not have access to a printer please consider one of the two options below to have a paper I-20 mailed to you.
  2. Standard USPS- this option has no fee, but also no tracking number and takes on average 3-10 business days to arrive. Email [email protected] the address you want the document sent to. This option would not be appropriate if you need a paper copy quickly; if it is an EAD card; or for international mailing.
  3. Order an E-Ship Label- use this option if you want the paper document quicker; want it tracked; it is an EAD card; or if you need the document sent internationally. Here are the instructions for ordering an E-Ship Label: https://www.albany.edu/isss/91191.php. Email [email protected] to confirm once you have ordered the label.

 

Registration and Academic Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. How will courses be offered in Fall 2021?  What will the DHS registration requirements be for Fall 2021?

On March 1st, Provost Kim emailed students the plans for Fall 2021, which you can review here: https://www.albany.edu/covid-19/news/2021-ualbanys-plans-fall-2021.  In the message, Provost Kim shared that “when the fall semester’s course schedule is released, you will see that class delivery for the fall will be largely in-person." Students should therefore prepare to return to a mostly in-person course schedule for the Fall 2021 term.  Students can review the modality for each specific course on the schedule of classes for Fall 2021.

On April 26th, DHS announced a continuance of its March 2020 guidance.  Students who were actively enrolled and in an active F-1 or J-1 SEVIS status as of March 9, 2020 may enroll in a fully online course of study and maintain status during Fall 2021; this includes continuing students enrolled from outside the U.S. who are unable to return in-person in Fall 2021 (full-time registration is still required).  Students who do not meet this criteria are required, according to DHS guidance, to enroll in a minimum of one in-person or blended/hybrid course to maintain F-1 or J-1 status during Fall 2021. While DHS has extended flexibility with online course loads, course modality availability may differ depending on a student’s level of study and/or academic program.

NOTE: Are you unable to return to the U.S. for fall 2021 semester but want to enroll in courses?  See below, What if I can’t return to the U.S. for in-person coursework in Fall 2021?

 

Q. What if I can’t return to the U.S. for in-person coursework in Fall 2021?

We recognize that there are several factors which may limit a student’s ability to return to the U.S. for in-person coursework in Fall 2021.  First, please reach out to ISSS if you are encountering difficulties so that we can support you and point you to any resources available at that time.

It has been determined that the University at Albany will continue to provide academic continuity plans to overseas- based international students (new and continuing) unable to return to the U.S. for the fall 2021 semester. The University will therefore continue the process of working with undergraduate students through CIEGS and Academic Advisement Services while graduate students will need to work with Graduate Education/academic departments for scheduling assistance. As the University transitions back to in-person instruction, fully remote/online schedules will be limited to overseas students unable to return to the U.S. for the upcoming semester due to circumstances beyond their control, such as inability to obtain a visa, impeding timely travel for fall semester classes, or travel ban impositions. Because fully remote/online schedules will be limited, all other international students should expect that their course schedules will include in-person instruction in Albany this Fall. Graduate students may be able to make other arrangements if approved by their academic department.

Q. What is the DHS guidance for online course loads for Spring 2022?

The DHS guidance providing flexibility to normal online course limitations for F-1 students has been extended through Spring 2022.  To maintain status, F-1 students must enroll full-time (12 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students) or have a DHS/ISSS approved authorized reduced course load. We anticipate that most students will not enroll in fully online course loads based on course modality availability; however full-time F-1 students may continue to take additional online course loads beyond the normal limitations and maintain F-1 status during Spring 2022.   Any student who entered/enters the U.S. to begin their F-1/J-1 program after March 2020 is not eligible for a fully online schedule; the student must enroll in at least one course (for at least one credit) with an in-person component.

Students should expect normal DHS limitations on online courses to resume in Fall 2022 and should plan their future academic terms accordingly.  Under normal circumstances when the emergency COVID-19 flexibilities are no longer in effect, DHS regulations state that no more than one online or distance education course (or 3 credits) may count toward the minimum number of credits needed for full-time enrollment during the semester. If the student only needs one course to complete the program of study that course cannot be fully online.

Employment Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. Can I continue working on-campus remotely?
A. From an immigration perspective, SEVP has said the following about on-campus remote work: “If the current on-campus employment opportunity has transitioned to remote work or the employment can be done through remote means, students may continue to engage in on-campus employment remotely. Schools should be able to explain how the students are providing services associated with the employment while not at the location of the employer.” Students may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus during the semester and are eligible to work more than 20 hours during the annual breaks/vacations while classes are not in summer (winter break, summer break, spring break) as long as all other student employment policies are met. Students should discuss with their supervisor(s) whether or not they are allowing remote work for the student's position and under which conditions, as well as how to document how the on-campus employment is conducted remotely. Human Resources requires that students have a physical presence in the United States will engaging in most forms of student employment.

Q. Are students still eligible to apply for CPT authorization? Can students work remotely while authorized for CPT?
A. Yes, students who continue to meet all eligibility requirements for CPT are eligible to apply for CPT authorization as normal. Students are also allowed to engage in CPT remotely as long as the employer is able to provide training remotely and the academic department supports the remote academic internship. As before, students must be authorized for CPT prior to beginning any work.

Q: I’m graduating this term, can I still apply for post-completion OPT?
A: Yes, students who are studying in the United States and are otherwise eligible for OPT may still apply for post-completion OPT. Please be sure to carefully review the OPT requirements before applying (https://www.albany.edu/isss/87855.php). If you will be studying fully online from outside the U.S. during the term you are graduating your OPT eligibility will be jeopardized. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Q. Does time spent enrolled full-time from outside the U.S. count towards the academic year completion requirement for practical training (CPT/OPT) eligibility?

A.  If you have questions about whether or not time spent enrolled full-time outside the U.S. may count toward the academic year completion eligibility requirement for CPT/OPT authorization please contact ISSS for case by case advisement. All other CPT/OPT eligibility requirements must continue to be met, including that you are in an active F-1 status at the time of the internship.  Please note that DHS/USCIS is the agency that approves the OPT application, not UAlbany ISSS.

Q. Due to the current job market, I’m worried about finding a job on post-completion OPT before I exceed the 90 days of unemployment allowed. Do you have any suggestions?
A: The current job market will be competitive. However, remember that for purposes of post-completion OPT the practical training may be paid, unpaid or volunteer as long as it directly relates to your major field of study. While under normal circumstances students must engage in at least 20 hours per week of practical training to be considered fully employed while on OPT, DHS has stated that “For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, SEVP considers students who are working in their OPT opportunities fewer than 20 hours a week as engaged in OPT.” Please also continue to check your weekly newsletter for resources and events being offered through UAlbany (such as by ISSS or Career Services) as well as for off-campus resources which may help you with your employment search as well.

Q. I am on post-completion OPT/STEM OPT and my employment hours have decreased due to COVID-19. Is this okay? What do I need to report?
A. While under normal circumstances students must engage in at least 20 hours per week of practical training in order to be considered fully employed on OPT, DHS has stated that “For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, SEVP considers students who are working in their OPT opportunities fewer than 20 hours a week as engaged in OPT.” You can report the change by submitting a Post-Completion OPT Employment Reporting EForm or STEM OPT Reporting Employment EForm, click here.

Q. I am working remotely on OPT/STEM OPT due to COVID-19. Is this okay? What do I need to report?
A. Yes, students are allowed to work remotely during COVID-19. DHS has stated that STEM OPT students do not need to update the Form I-983 in this event. Students on post-completion OPT and STEM OPT may send [email protected] an email notifying us that you’re working remotely due to COVID-19, and we will save that email with your file.

Q. What is off-campus work authorization due to economic hardship, and how do I apply?
A. Please remember that working off-campus without authorization is considered a serious violation of F-1 status which could result in loss of status and/or loss of eligibility for future benefits or applications. However, F-1 students who have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year and are experiencing a severe, unforeseen and demonstrable financial need may be eligible to apply to USCIS for off-campus employment authorization due to severe economic hardship. Interested students should contact [email protected] for more information. Please be advised that this application process will not be a quick-term solution for most students, as USCIS processing times average between 3-7 months or longer. Students with more immediate financial needs should email [email protected] about other, non-employment based financial resources.

J-1 students experiencing economic hardship should also reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Quarantine, COVID Testing, & COVID Vaccination Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q.  Are COVID-19 vaccinations/booster shots required by the University and/or to enter the U.S.? 

A. All UAlbany students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandate is in effect for any UAlbany student coming to any UAlbany campus or facility for any reason during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. For details, click here.  Course registration may be impacted for non-compliant students; incoming students who are admitted for a future term are encouraged to submit documentation of full vaccination in MyUAlbany as soon as possible (see below for more details).

All UAlbany students are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot as soon as they are eligible and then submit proof to UAlbany.  To view the latest information on boosters, please visit the University's website here

Effective November 8th most non-citizen, non-immigrant air passengers to the U.S. must show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, including F-1 and J-1 students.  Students can review which vaccinations are accepted by viewing table 1 and table 2 of the CDC's website here.  The CDC has also released guidance on limited exemptions to the full vaccination requirement, which may include students traveling certain countries with limited vaccine availability.  For a list of which countries are considered eligible for an exemption, please view Table 4 on the CDC's website here.  Students should consult their airlines if they have any questions about providing acceptable vaccination documentation and/or whether or not they qualify for an exemption to the requirement. Currently, Proof of a negative COVID test or recovery from COVID-19 is also required for air passengers entering the U.S.; this is required even if you are already fully vaccinated.  As of December 6th, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

For more information about UAlbany vaccination requirements pertaining to all students, international students, and on-campus living students, please visit https://www.albany.edu/covid-19/vaccinate-ualbany.

Q. What are the Spring 2022 Pre-Arrival Instructions for all students (new and continuing)?

A. Please review all COVID-19 pre-arrival requirements on the University's website here.  Follow the instructions based on your situation.  Be sure to also review the sections on boosters, pre-arrival testing, and surveillance testing.  These sections apply to all students regardless of their current vaccination status.

Q. Which COVID-19 vaccinates will be accepted by the University?

Please review the University accepted COVID-19 vaccines under the International Students section of the University’s website here: https://www.albany.edu/covid-19/vaccinate-ualbany

Q. How do I submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19?

Please visit the Vaccinate UAlbany website for detailed instructions and submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Student Health Portal.

Q. How can I get food and supplies while in quarantine?

Students living on-campus who are quarantining on campus should follow the meal delivery instructions provided by the Office of Residential Life.

Students living off-campus may utilize food delivery services, many of which are contact-free. The local Walmart  will deliver food and many local grocery stores provide delivery through Instacart.  You can also order delivery from a local restaurant, many of which we have listed here.  Many services will accept payment online or by phone.  It is also a good idea to have some cash available if needed.

Q: Where can I get a COVID-19 PCR and/or antigen test in New York State?

A: All students, including those currently living in the Albany area, can visit the New York State Department of Health’s website to find a nearby test site.  The zip code for the University at Albany campus is “12222” if you’d like to search nearby campus.

Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing to ask about whether it is a free testing location or requires insurance or other charges.

If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.

If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.  Students are responsible for arranging for testing and paying associated costs, if applicable.   Tests may not be covered by insurance if a physician does not order them.

Starting January 7th, there is a community testing site on-campus.  The site can accommodate 225 appointments and up to 50 walk-ins daily.

Starting January 4th, a testing site has opened in the Crossgates Mall near campus.  Advance appointments are highly recommended due to demand but walk-ins will be accepted.  The site is in the old Ruby Tuesdays (on the first floor in the middle of the mall, next to The Standard Restaurant).  It is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm.   To schedule an appointment go to https://www.gogettested.com, enter "Crossgates Mall" into the search bar, and select Book Now.

 

Q. Can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine in New York State?

A.  Currently, residents of New York State ages 5 and older are eligible for a vaccine in New York State.  This means that if you live in New York State and are age 5 or over you are eligible.  There is no cost for the vaccine, though you may be asked to provide your insurance information/card.  Please review information on how and where to get a vaccine on New York State's website here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ 

Q. What are the rules for requesting a vaccination exemption?

Please review the information for requesting a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement on the University's Vaccinate UAlbany webpage.

You do not need to request an exemption if you plan to begin or complete your vaccination series immediately upon arrival to Albany.

Travel and Visa Considerations for F-1/J-1 Students

Q. What travel restrictions/risks should I consider if I’m planning to travel outside the United States?

We advise students to exercise caution when making international travel plans at this time.  If you are considering traveling, please review the following to make the best decisions regarding travel based on your personal circumstances:

  1. Effective November 8th most non-citizen, non-immigrant air passengers to the U.S. must show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, including F-1 and J-1 students.  Students can review which vaccinations are accepted by viewing table 1 and table 2 of the CDC's website here.  The CDC has also released guidance on limited exemptions to the full vaccination requirement, which may include students traveling from certain countries with limited vaccine availability.  For a list of which countries are considered eligible for an exemption please view Table 4 on the CDC's website here.  Students should consult their airlines if they have any questions about providing acceptable vaccination documentation and/or whether or not they qualify for an exemption to the requirement.  Please note: UAlbany requires students to be fully vaccinated.
  2. Effective December 31st, the Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants who have been physically present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe is revoked (i.e. no longer in effect).
  3. There are restrictions on land entry from Canada and Mexico.
  4. Travel restrictions can change with little notice.  Flights and airline travel worldwide are still limited at this time.  Additionally, consular and embassy services may be limited in certain countries.
  5. Student should review CDC travel recommendations based on the country(ies) they plan to visit
  6. Human Resources requires students to be physically present in the United States to hold an assistantship or other student employment positions, so if you are unable to return to the U.S. unexpectedly it could jeopardize your student employment.
  7. As of December 6th, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States (or proof of recovery, if applicable). You can read more here.

If you choose to travel, please remember that you must have an I-20/DS-2019 with a valid travel signature when re-entering the U.S. (travel signatures for enrolled students are valid for 1 year; travel signatures for students on OPT are valid for 6 months), a valid passport (with at least 6 months validity remaining), and a valid F-1/J-1 visa when re-entering. Students on OPT must also carry their EAD card and are highly encouraged to carry proof of employment.  You can find the request Eform for a travel signature on our website here.

Q. How do I request a travel signature for my I-20 or DS-2019?
A. We understand that choosing whether to stay in the U.S. or depart the U.S. is a difficult decision. If you choose to depart the U.S., please do the following:

  1. Read the above answer to "What travel restrictions/risks should I consider?"
  2. Check the travel signature on page 2 of your I-20 (F-1) or page 1 of your DS-2019 (J-1). Travel signatures are valid for 1 year for F-1 enrolled students, 6 months for J-1 exchange visitors and F-1 students on OPT.  If you need a new travel signature, please:
    • Complete the Request for Updated or Travel Signature I20/DS2019 Eform.
    • Indicate in your Eform how you want to receive your documents. The options are:
      1. Electronic Delivery (I-20s only)- Due to COVID-19 emergency guidance, students may request that an electronic scan of the I-20 be emailed to them. The student is responsible for printing this I-20 out. If you do not have access to a printer, please consider one of the two options below to have a paper I-20 mailed to you
      2. Standard USPS- no fee, no tracking, and takes 3-10 business days to arrive. Email the advisor the address you want the document sent to. This option would not be appropriate if you need the document quickly; if it is an EAD card; or for international mailing
      3. Order an E-Ship Label- use this option if you want the document quicker; want it tracked; it is an EAD card; or if you need the document sent internationally. Here are the instructions for ordering an E-Ship Label: https://www.albany.edu/isss/91191.php. Email [email protected] to confirm once you have ordered the label.

Q. What about renewing my F-1 or J-1 visa? Will that be possible at this time?
A. First, remember that in order to remain in the United States a F-1 or J-1 student needs a valid passport and a valid I-20 or DS-2019. It is okay if the F-1 or J-1 visa expires while you’re within the United States; a valid F-1 or J-1 visa is only needed to enter the U.S. as a F-1 or J-1 student. We do not recommend international travel at this time, particularly if your visa is expired or will be expiring. Many embassies and consulates  still have very limited availability for visa renewals. Therefore, trying to renew a visa at this time is very difficult, and students should avoid travel if possible.

Q. I recently completed my F-1/J-1 program and am now in my grace period (the grace period is 60 days for F-1 students, 30 days for J-1 students). What if I’m having trouble finding a flight to depart the U.S.?
A. Finding a flight to depart the U.S. may be very difficult at this time. SEVP/ICE has acknowledged this difficulty for many students who have recently completed their F-1 or J-1 program. In general, students have the following options to extend or change status during the grace period:

  1. If you are a F-1 student who recently graduated from a degree seeking program, apply for OPT through USCIS to pursue employment in the United States (this extends F-1 status).
  2.  If you’re accepted to a new degree program that will start within 5 months of your program end date, you can apply for a SEVIS transfer (if another school) or change of level I-20 (if at UAlbany) prior to the end of the grace period.
  3. If the above options don’t work, you could look into applying for a change of status with USCIS to change your status to visitor status. If going with this option it’d likely be beneficial to work with an immigration attorney. ISSS can provide references upon request. (Please note: F-1 students who were admitted D/S are not eligible to use the USCIS I-539 for an extension of F-1 status, but may use it to file for a change of status to a different category).
  4. While DHS has not officially extended any grace periods, if you do stay beyond the grace period, you should carefully document why you were unable to leave and any attempts you made to leave (ex: records of flight cancellations beyond your control, etc…).

 

Wellbeing and Financial Considerations for F-1/J-1 students

 

Q. I am facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 emergency. What resources are available for international students?
A. We understand that many of our students are facing financial difficulties and employment challenges during this time. We have compiled resources below for students with questions or seeking assistance on this topic, please click here for the list. If you have questions or don't see the form of help you're looking for, contact [email protected]

Q. I am experiencing food insecurity.  Are there local food banks available?

Yes.  There is the Purple Pantry on-campus, and there are also community organizations off-campus.  If you are experiencing food insecurity please also reach out to ISSS for help finding resources.

Q. Where can I find information about the CARES Act, stimulus checks, an unemployment insurance, and how those relate to F-1/J-1 international students?
A. Many international students have been inquiring about COVID-19 federal CARES Act benefits like stimulus checks, unemployment insurance under (PUA), and the related public charge rule. Students are encouraged to research and consult a diversity of tax, immigration and employment law firms, state and federal departments of labor, and national immigration organizations. We have compiled information on these topics, available here. This document is for information purposes only and does not take the place of professional, competent legal and tax advice on these matters.

Q. I am feeling stress/anxiety. What resources are available? Where can I go for help?
A. It is normal to experience stress and have an emotional reaction to the evolving global health situation, and resources are available to help you. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still open. Learn more about their daily operations on the CAPS website. CAPS has also put together a helpful Psychological Tips for Managing Concerns Related to Coronavirus, here.

Q. I have health concerns related to COVID-19. Is Health Services open?
A. Student Health Services is open virtually, and ready to answer questions and schedule telemedicine appointments.

Call 518-442-5454 for assistance or visit the Student Health Services website.

 

Housing/Living Considerations for F-1/J-1 students

Q. How do I report where I am currently living?
A. F-1 and J-1 students are still required to keep their SEVIS USA and SEVIS Foreign addresses up to date in MyUAlbany. Remember that these addresses should reflect where you physically reside, even if temporarily (like staying with a friend or relative during the COVID-19 emergency) and must be updated within 10 days of moving.

If you’re in the United States, please make sure that your SEVIS USA address reflects where you are currently physically residing in the United States. If you’re currently outside the U.S., make sure that your SEVIS Foreign Address is correct and that your SEVIS USA address reflects your most recent physical residence within the United States. Instructions on how to update your addresses are available here.

 

Disclaimer:
The information contained in this web site/form is provided as a service to international students, faculty and staff at the University at Albany. It does not constitute legal advice. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site or form. Neither the University at Albany nor ISSS is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. Nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel; students may wish to consult an immigration attorney on the specifics of their case as needed.