ISS COVID-19 FAQ

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.

On this page:

On this page:

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for International Students

Students who are or were enrolled at the University at Buffalo during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for an emergency grant, regardless of citizenship status or Title IV financial aid eligibility. 

HEERF grant funding may assist with any expense related to the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing and transportation) as well as emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus (health care, dependent care, etc.)

The deadline for the HEERF III application is December 10, 2021.

> Learn more on UB's Scholarship Portal

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

New Students & Students Starting New Programs

2021-2022 Academic Year Enrollment Requirements

Modes of Instruction for International Students

100 % ONLINE STUDY ACCEPTABLE FOR: MINIMUM 1 CREDIT P, HY, HE REQUIRED FOR:

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 the 2021-2022 academic year.
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, Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 and who will enter the U.S. to continue studies in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. 
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 the 2021-2022 academic year. 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 the 2021-2022 academic year.
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 or Spring 2022.
  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

Requirements for International Travel

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

Visas & Support Letter for Travel

Vaccines, Social Distancing, & Quarantine

Campus Operations

OPT Applications & Updates

SSA & IRS Issues