FAQ for International Students during COVID-19 Coronavirus:
Do I need a travel signature to go back to my home country? No, you don’t need a travel signature to leave the U.S. but you may need one in order to come back to the U.S. Travel signatures are valid for one year and must still be valid on the date you’re re-entering the country. Please contact the Office of International Affairs if you think you need a travel signature. We can mail you a new I-20 to your home country.
What should I do if I am currently registered for an internship/clinical/student teaching and approved for CPT? Please contact Dr. Song to discuss your options, if you don’t think you’ll be able to complete your CPT as it was originally approved. You must remain enrolled full-time!
I have questions about my OPT application or approval! Again, please contact Dr. Song to discuss your options. Our advice will depend on your specific situation, so we can’t provide a general answer for all students right now. Note: the Office of International Affairs will continue to receive mail from USCIS and will contact you when it arrives.
I thought I wasn’t allowed to do online classes because of my F-1 or J-1 visa status…has this changed? Will completing my classes online be a problem for my visa? No, completing your classes online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester will NOT jeopardize your F-1 or J-1 visa status. Exceptions have been made for students this semester because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. However, it is still very important for your visa status that you remain enrolled full-time.
I went home (or am planning to go to my home country) and my visa will expire before I return in August 2020. What should I do? You will need a new visa in order to re-enter the U.S. Please contact the Office of International Affairs (ideally, before you depart to your home country) for more information about the visa renewal process and advice.
I am an international student who purchased insurance through the Office of International Affairs. Will I be covered if I get sick? Please refer to this FAQ document about North Park insurance for international students.
Please refer to the North Park University Updates on the COVID-19 Coronavirus for more information.
The Office of International Affairs works to advance North Park University’s commitment to international education. To that end we provide support for international students and scholars, and individual advising for students who wish to enrich their education through international study and intellectual and cultural exchange. Visit us in the Center for Student Engagement on the first floor of the Johnson Center.
The Office of International Affairs provides assistance to future and current North Park students who are not citizens or legal residents of the US. We will help you make the transition to Chicago and support you throughout your time here.
In the Office of International Affairs, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad. Learn about our study abroad programs, locations, and how to apply.