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  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • ISSS is operating remotely. We will take phone calls through our regular Front Desk phone line, maintain services through virtual advising with Starfish appointments, and complete processing requests through iGlobal. 

    Spring 2021 Updates — November 23, 2020

    Read our updated Spring 2021 FAQs for continuing students and new students for answers to students' most common questions.

    The New School has announced that while nearly all classes will be taught online in the spring semester, we will deliver limited in-person curricular offerings on our campus in New York City this spring semester. 

    International students admitted for fall 2020 who did not enter the United States, newly admitted students, transfer students, and students returning from a leave of absence may do the following:

    1) Study in the United States

    • Must enroll full-time, with at least one in-person/hybrid course 
    • Must enter the United States between December 14 and January 13  
    • For late arrival (between January 14 and February 12), you must receive written approval from ISSS, as you will be arriving after your I-20 start date of January 13, 2021  
    • Review the New International Student Travel Checklist before arranging your travel
    • Complete a check-in form in iGlobal after arrival in order to activate your F-1 immigration record
      If you are unable to enter the United States by February 12, please see the Coming to The New School page of our website. 

    2) Study fully online    

    • Must enroll full-time in all-online courses   
    • Must remain outside the United States, and your F-1 immigration record will be canceled. You may reapply for an I-20 four months before the semester you plan to return to the United States to take in-person classes. 

    The Applications Team will continue to issue I-20s and DS-2019s for the spring 2021 semester. If you are currently waiting for your I-20 or DS-2019 to be issued, we appreciate your continued patience and understanding.  

    For more information, check the Coming to The New School page of our website. 

    Continuing F-1 and J-1 students who have maintained their immigration status:

    • May continue to study completely online in or outside of the United States 
    • Do not need to register for an in-person/hybrid course during the spring semester 
    • Must continue to be enrolled full-time in order to maintain your status 
    • Review the Continuing International Student Travel Checklist if you will travel to the United States for the spring semester

    Please note: ISSS will provide students with additional information through detailed email notifications, Zoom live advising sessions, updates on the ISSS website, and @ISSSNewSchool Instagram posts. 

    ISSS Operations

    Remote office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT (through September 18)

    • The main phone, 212.229.5592, line is operational.
    • For virtual advising by phone or Zoom, make an appointment through Starfish.
    • All processing requests can be made through iGlobal.
    • All workshops and/or Live Advising Sessions will be held online through Zoom.

    Presidential Executive Orders & Travel Restrictions

    On June 22, 2020, Presidential Trump issued a presidential proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain non-immigrant workers. This proclamation took effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 24, 2020, and continues to December 31, 2020. The proclamation does not apply to F-1 students, J-1 students, J-1 scholars, J-1 students on Academic Training, or F-1 students on OPT or OPT STEM extensions. F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents will still be permitted entry to the United States with appropriate travel documents.

    The categories stated in the proclamation are H-1B, H-2B, L, and J-1 (intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) along with dependents.

    DHS Proposed Rule on Duration of Status

    On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors, and F-2 and J-2 dependents.  

    The DHS’s current D/S policy allows students to remain in the United States for the duration of their academic program and post-completion OPT or Academic Training. D/S is shown on the I-94 document as “Admit Until: D/S,” and students and scholars can remain beyond their I-20 or DS-2019 program end dates when academically necessary or in order to do OPT or Academic Training after their program ends.

    DHS is proposing the following changes to this policy. Please be aware that this is a proposed rule and no official changes have occurred that would affect a current student’s or scholar’s immigration status in the United States:

    • Individuals admitted in F or J status would be issued a Form I-94 with a fixed expiration date by which time they would need to depart the United States 

    • The fixed period of admission would be two to four years for F students. Many international students would be admitted to the United States for up to the length of their I-20, not to exceed four years.

    • Students and scholars who need additional time beyond the I-94 expiration date to complete their program objectives would be required to file an Extension of Stay (EOS) request with USCIS using Form I-539.

    • The F-1/F-2 grace period provided at the end of the student’s program would be shortened from 60 days to 30 days; the J-1/J-2 grace period would remain 30 days.

    Before the rule will be implemented, DHS has a 30-day comment period open to the public that allows written comments and related material to be submitted through the webpage. DHS will then consider the comments and publish a final rule with an effective date. ISSS will continue to work with the New School administration and with colleagues at peer institutions and professional associations to advocate on behalf of all of our international students and scholars. We will update this site once a final ruling has been made. 

    International Student Advocacy

    ISSS continues to work with other universities and professional associations to urge our government representatives and related government agencies to take into consideration the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 on students, including new students, who are barred from entering the United States if their university is offering only online courses. We will keep students informed as we learn more. 

    The information on this website is of a general nature and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual. International students and scholars should always consult an ISSS advisor about their specific situation. It is students' and scholars' responsibility to maintain legal status in the United States at all times and to fully comply with New School policies and procedures.

    Website content is written with care but may not be comprehensive or up-to-date. ISSS at The New School is not responsible for content found through external links.

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    International Student and Scholar Services
    72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011

    Emergency Phone (After Hours Only)

    Remote Office Hours
    Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Office Closures
    November 26-27, 2020
    December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021

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