Below are frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19, how it affects your immigration status, and other information pertinent to F-1 Students & J-1 Exchange Visitors. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

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Fall 2021

New Students & Students Starting New Programs in Fall

Fall Enrollment Requirements

Modes of Instruction for International Students


Current UB F-1 students continuing in current program, if they were engaged in full-time study on March 9, 2020

New F-1 students who intend to enter the US for Fall 2021
Current UB F-1 students starting new program at UB, if they were engaged in full-time study on March 9, 2020 F-1 students who began their program online outside the U.S. in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 and who will enter the U.S. to continue studies in Fall 2021. 
F-1 students engaged in full-time study on March 9, 2020 who are transferring from another SEVP-certified U.S. school to UB for Fall 2021 F-1 students who entered the U.S. to begin a new program after March 2020 and were not enrolled in F-1 status on March 9, 2020. 
New international students who intend to remain outside the U.S. for Fall 2021 Former UB students currently on OPT returning to begin a new degree program (if they were not enrolled on March 9, 2020)
  F-1 students currently on OPT transferring from another SEVP-certified U.S. college or university to UB (if they were not enrolled on March 9, 2020)
  Current UB students changing status to F-1 for Fall 2021
  UB F-1 students who are re-entering the U.S. after a leave of absence or status violation with an “initial” I-20

Maintaining F-1 Student Status

Maintaining J-1 Student Status

Academic Support & Wellness

On-Campus Employment

Travel & Travel Restrictions

CDC Recommendations for International Air Travel

Planning to travel interntionally by air? Be sure to understand CDC recommendations and testing requirements on travel and plan ahead!

Visas & Support Letter for Travel

Vaccines, Social Distancing, & Quarantine

Campus Operations

OPT Applications & Updates

SSA & IRS Issues