Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)


This webpage provides updates and guidance for all new and current Seattle Colleges international students.

The most recent updates are based on information in guidance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
and the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from March, 2020, and from July 24, 2020.

- Last updated on December 16, 2020 (8:45am PST) -

Seattle Colleges is currently on remote operations. This means that campus buildings and offices are closed to the public, and employees are working from home. For more specific details on campus closures, see the information below for each college:

North Seattle College: In remote operations through the end of Winter quarter 2021, with the exception of the Career Training programs noted in the “Programs Still Offered On-Site / In-Person section”. No decisions have been made yet as to Spring quarter 2021 or any quarters hereafter.

Seattle Central College: In remote operations through the end of Winter quarter 2021, with the exception of the Career Training programs noted in the “Programs Still Offered On-Site / In-Person section”. No decisions have been made yet as to Spring quarter 2021 or any quarters hereafter.

South Seattle College: In remote operations through the end of Spring quarter 2021, with the exception of those Career Training programs noted in the “Programs Still Offered On-Site / In-Person section”. No decisions have been made yet as to any quarters after Spring 2021.

In Winter 2021, the majority of Seattle Colleges classes will be taught online, except for programs that must meet face-to-face to satisfy regulatory or accreditation requirements, as noted in the "Programs Still Offered On-Site / In-Person" section below. Continuing students who have been enrolled since March 9th will be able to maintain status while taking all online classes. New Winter students should review the information below for further guidance.

IP staff remain available to assist students via email and through virtual online appointments while the colleges are on remote operations and the International Programs (IP) offices are closed to in-person services. Our teams are committed to supporting all new and current students as best as possible during these unusual times, and to providing all the tools necessary for students to complete their classes and maintain their immigration status.

While the college campuses are closed, students who need to come to campus must follow campus access procedures outlined on the website of each campus:

North Seattle College: https://northseattle.edu/campusentry
Seattle Central College: https://newscenter.seattlecentral.edu/coronavirus-update
South Seattle College: https://southseattle.edu/coronavirus/campus-entry-procedures

Please click on the appropriate tab(s) below for further guidance. The information provided here is correct pending new announcements from Seattle Colleges.


Students Admitted for Winter Quarter 2021

Seattle Colleges will offer classes for Winter quarter 2021, starting Monday, January 4th. All classes will be taught online, except for programs that must meet face-to-face to satisfy regulatory or accreditation requirements.

On December 8th, the Department of Homeland Security announced that new and continuing international students should continue to follow the guidance issued in March and July by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The following information is based on that guidance.

New Initial Students (non-transfer)

Per the guidance from ICE and SEVP, new students admitted for Winter Quarter with initial attendance I-20 forms cannot come to the United States to study online classes. International Admissions will no longer issue new initial I-20 forms to newly admitted students for Winter. Instead, all newly admitted Winter Quarter students are encouraged to take classes online from their home country. An I-20 form and F-1 visa are not required to take online classes from outside of the United States.

New students who try to enter the United States may be turned away at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP). Students who arrive successfully in the United States and enroll for all online classes will not be able to maintain legal status. If you have already entered the United States, please contact the International Programs Office on the campus where you plan to enroll to learn what options are available to you.

Exception: students who will enroll for one of the programs with face-to-face instruction listed in the Programs Offered On-Site section below will be issued a new initial I-20 form and should plan to come to the United States for classes. Please communicate with IP Admissions or advising staff for guidance.

New Transfer Students

New students admitted for Winter Quarter with an initial transfer pending I-20 form, who are already in the United States will be allowed to enroll in online classes in Winter while in the United States.

New students admitted for Winter Quarter with an initial transfer pending I-20 form, who are outside of the United States should plan to stay outside the United States for Winter. Transfer students with questions can contact the International Admissions Office.

Request a Deferral

If you plan to come to the United States for Spring Quarter 2021 or later, you must request a deferral with the International Admissions Office. This is true even if you decide to take Winter Quarter classes online from your home country. Request a deferral as follows:

- North Seattle College: Students can submit a deferral request via the SCD Global portal, following the instructions provided here.

- Seattle Central College: Students who applied online can submit a deferral request via the online admission application portal, by clicking on the corresponding link at the bottom of the student's dashboard. Requests can also be completed via email, by completing the required Deferral Request form.

- South Seattle College: Requests can be completed via email, by contacting the International Admissions office at IPAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu.

Orientation and Placement Testing for Winter Quarter

Orientation and immigration check-in are required of all students before their first quarter of enrollment. To sign up for orientation, please visit https://tinyurl.com/SCIPOrientation.

Orientation and placement testing activities will take place starting on December 28, 2020. Students without direct college placement must take a placement test before registering for classes. They will be able to register for classes once their test results are available.

Pre-Registration

Students who qualify for direct placement in college-level classes are eligible to register for Winter quarter classes beginning November 9, 2020. These students are encouraged to pre-register following the instructions below:

North Seattle College - Contact IntlNorth@seattlecolleges.edu for assistance.
Seattle Central College - Use the pre-registration information included in your acceptance materials.
South Seattle College - Contact SCIEAdvising@seattlecolleges.edu for assistance.

Also, students can take the college Math placement test online. Visit the testing webpage for your campus:

North Seattle College - https://northseattle.edu/placement-tests
Seattle Central College - https://seattlecentral.edu/programs/college-transfer/college-transfer-programs/stem/math-placement-tests
South Seattle College - https://southseattle.edu/student-assessment-services/math-placement-testing



If you need to contact our International Programs offices, please email:

North Seattle College - IntlNorth@seattlecolleges.edu
Seattle Central College - IntlCentral@seattlecolleges.edu
South Seattle College - IntlSouth@seattlecolleges.edu

Online Instruction and Technology Requirements

Online classes can be taught in two different ways:

- At the same time every day (called “synchronous” class, listed in the schedule as “virtual”)
- At no specific time: students can do the work at any time (called “asynchronous” class)

Each instructor will decide how the class will be offered. Some will choose one way or the other, or and some may teach the class in both ways. Students can try to contact the class instructor to find out if a class will be taught synchronously or asynchronously. In general, at least part of the classes in the Intensive English Programs at each campus will be taught synchronously.

To prepare for both placement testing and online classes, students must have the following technology:

- Computer (desktop or laptop)
- Reliable internet access
- Web camera
- Speakers and microphone

In addition, students may want to have access to a printer, as students may be asked to print some class materials.

Students should not plan to rely on a smart phone alone to participate in classes.

Many teachers will use Canvas, an online learning system, and ask students to join the class through video-conferencing (Zoom/Skype/Google Meet/Microsoft Teams). Instructors will provide detailed expectations for their class and directions on how to set up / use these online systems.

Current Students

Winter 2021 Classes

Seattle Colleges will offer classes for Winter quarter 2021, starting on Monday, January 4th. All classes will be taught online, except for programs that must meet face-to-face to satisfy regulatory or accreditation requirements. Please see “Programs Still Offered On-Site / In-Person” below for details.

As noted above, continuing students from Spring, Summer, and Fall quarters will be able to maintain status in the United States while taking online classes.

Continuing students who are outside the United States, have maintained full-enrollment, and have an active SEVIS record, can travel back to the United States for Winter Quarter. They are encouraged to register for classes before travelling, bring a printed copy of their class schedule with them, and take precautions noted in the Travel section below. Students who have not maintained an active SEVIS record should not plan to return to the United States. They are encouraged to contact their advisor with any questions.

As classes will be offered using alternative methods, our colleges will be providing a wide-range of online support services: e-tutoring, teleconferencing software, and online library services, among many others.

Health Insurance

Coverage

Because classes are online for Winter Quarter, students will not be charged automatically for health insurance. Charges will be added manually by International Programs Staff. If you are concerned that your insurance charges might not have been added, please contact the IP Office.

Students who are studying outside the United States may request to have the insurance charges waived. To request a waiver, students must attest that they will be outside the United States for the entire quarter, that they understand they will not have insurance coverage until the first day of the next quarter, and that they will not be covered for pre-existing conditions until 90 days after they resume coverage. Students interested in the waiver should contact the IP Office:

- North Seattle College: IntlNorth@SeattleColleges.edu
- Seattle Central College: IntlCentral@SeattleColleges.edu
- South Seattle College: IntlSouth@SeattleColleges.edu

Staying Healthy

If you are sick, the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself in partnership with your doctor. As an international student, you have access to health insurance through the Lewer agency. Treatment of the coronavirus is covered under your healthcare plan, similar to other illnesses.

You have access to 24/7 medical advice by calling MyNurse (1-866-549-5076) to speak with a consulting nurse, or Teladoc (1-800-835-2362) to speak with a licensed doctor. For accelerated customer service, you can also use the Teladoc mobile App (IOS or Android) or website to request a visit, or to review information that will help you evaluate personal risk of COVID-19 and related complications.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we recommend that you use the services listed above first, rather than go directly to a doctor’s office. Also, make sure to set up your account on the website or mobile app, and provide your medical history. This will help accelerate your request(s) and allow doctors to prepare for your call/visit. If you do go to the doctor, you will need your health insurance card.

You also have access to Morneau Shepell (mySSP), an international counseling organization, offering culturally relevant mental health support to international students. MySSP is available 27/7 to support students, and can provide the following:

a. Advisors who speak the member’s language and understand cultural needs.
b. Complete confidentiality, and availability for as many appointments as needed.
c. Accessible support via mobile interface, web chat and over the phone.

Students can download the mobile app, “MySSP”, or call 1-866-743-7732. To initiate a mobile chat, students should visit https://us.myissp.com/Home/UniversitySearch, select their school and country of origin, then begin the chat.

Free Covid-19 Testing Sites

There are a few locations in King County that offer free COVID-19 testing, even if you have no insurance. You can find a location via the King County website: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing.aspx.

Additional Student Resources

In addition to online support services, Seattle Colleges has information on additional resources for international students impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. For more details, review our dedicated PDF.

Student Town Halls

On August 13 and November 5, 2020, our team held special town hall meetings for current students via Zoom. If you were unable to join, here are the recordings below:

Travel

Students planning to travel should proceed very carefully. In response to the spread of coronavirus, many countries have implemented travel restrictions or bans, and/or quarantine orders.

Students should check with their airline to see if they will be able to complete all portions of their itinerary, particularly if transit through another country is required before coming to the United States. The International Air Transport Association has a website providing travel restrictions by country. Some countries have imposed restrictions related to Covid-19; refer to the Center for Disease Control's website for updated information on restrictions for entry in the United States. The CDC also has guidance on how to travel safely during the pandemic.

If students plan on returning home before starting classes in Winter Quarter, we recommend that they check the website for the U.S. embassy in their country regularly, to stay up-to-date with any new developments.

Also, in case they cannot return, or choose to stay in their home country after returning home, students should contact their primary advisor to let him/her know of their situation. In order to maintain their immigration status, students may need to apply for a vacation quarter or leave of absence.

Applicants for Spring 2021 and other 2021 intakes

Processing of Admission Applications

During remote operations, our staff will continue processing applications for admission.

Issuance of Acceptance Materials

Admissions will provide digital copies of acceptance letters and other materials.

At this time, the International Admissions Office will continue to issue I-20 forms for students admitted for Spring Quarter 2021 and for future quarters. An I-20 form and F-1 visa are not required to take online classes from outside of the United States.

When I-20 forms are issued, they will be digital copies. The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has made an exception to its normal policy, and has allowed schools to send I-20 forms electronically to their students. I-20 forms are signed using a secure and encrypted digital signature. This I-20 form may be used to apply for a student visa just as you would use a paper form with an original signature.

English Proficiency Test

During the Covid-19 pandemic, ETS and IELTS are temporarily offering at-home editions of their proficiency tests. The tests are identical to ones offered at a test center, but taken on your own computer at home and monitored by a human proctor online. For more details, please visit https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/ and https://www.ielts.org/en-us/what-is-ielts/ielts-indicator.

Deferral Instructions

North Seattle College: Students can submit a deferral request via the SCD Global portal, following the instructions provided here.

Seattle Central College: Students who applied online can submit a deferral request via the online admission application portal, by clicking on the corresponding link at the bottom of the student's dashboard. Requests can also be completed via email, by completing the required Deferral Request form.

South Seattle College: Requests can be completed via email, by contacting the International Admissions office at IPAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu.


If you need to contact our Admissions Office, please email:

North Seattle College - NAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu
Seattle Central College - SeattleCentral.IntlAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu
South Seattle College - IPAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu

Agents and Advisors

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Marketing and Outreach staff has been advised not to travel at this time, per state and health officials' guidelines. As a result, our team has shifted its efforts to online platforms and is actively participating in remote events and webinars. If you have any questions, inquiries, or proposal for us, please email IntlPartners@seattlecolleges.edu.

Seattle Colleges Study Abroad Students (Global Impact, WCCCSA, etc.)


Due to Covid-19, study abroad programs at the Seattle Colleges are currently postponed until further notice. If you have questions, please email StudyAbroad@seattlecolleges.edu.


Berlin Spring 2020 (WCCCSA)

The Berlin program has been postponed to Spring 2021.


China Summer 2020 (WCCCSA)

The China program has been postponed to Summer 2021.


Costa Rica Summer 2020 (WCCCSA)

The Costa Rica program has been postponed to Summer 2021.


London Fall 2020 (WCCCSA)

The London program has been postponed to Fall 2021.


Japan Fall 2020 (WCCCSA/Green River)

The Japan program (an affiliate program with WCCCSA through Green River College) is postponed to Fall 2021.


Global Impact Programs

In consultation with the program leader and public health advisories, we have decided to cancel our Global Impact programs this year.


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarship Program recently announced:

“On March 12, a Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel was announced by the U.S. Department of State. Given the nature of the current health situation, ECA is authorizing, effective immediately, all Gilman Scholars globally to return to the United States and to halt all outbound Gilman Scholars through August 1, 2020. Please note that this decision does NOT require that any funding be returned to the Gilman Program. […]

Though the Gilman Program is currently still reviewing applications from the recent open competition, we are requiring all future Gilman scholars to defer awards to programs that start no earlier than August 1, 2020. We will advise selected students to work with their study abroad advisor or program administrator to identify options for future study abroad opportunities. Note that deferring a program or changing to another eligible location this fall will not impact their status as a Gilman Scholar, nor will it require that any funding be returned to the Gilman Program.

In the event that a student is selected for the Gilman Program and a Level 3 Health Advisory is still in place when their program starts, then the student would be required to change their program or defer for a longer period of time.”

Programs Still Offered On-Site / In-Person

Winter Quarter classes will be taught online, except for programs that must meet face-to-face to satisfy regulatory or accreditation requirements, as noted below.

North Seattle College

North Seattle College is currently in remote operations through the end of Winter quarter 2021, with the exception of the Career Training programs noted below. No decisions have been made yet as to Spring quarter 2021 or any quarters hereafter.

- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Electronics
- Medical Assisting
- Pharmacy Technician
- Watch Technology

Please visit the class schedule at MyNorth for more details.

Seattle Central College

Seattle Central College is currently in remote operations through the end of Winter quarter 2021, with the exception of the Career Training programs noted below. No decisions have been made yet as to Spring quarter 2021 or any quarters hereafter.

- Boatbuilding and Repair
- Cabinet Making and Architectural Woodworking
- Carpentry
- Culinary Arts
- Dental Assisting
- Dental Hygiene
- Medical Assisting
- Nursing
- Nursing Assistant
- Respiratory Care
- Specialty Desserts and Breads
- Surgical Technology
- Visual Media

Please visit the class schedule at MyCentral for more details.

South Seattle College

South Seattle College is currently in remote operations through the end of Spring quarter 2021, with the exception of those Career Training programs noted below. No decisions have been made yet as to any quarters after Spring 2021.

The following Career Training programs will be offered in a hybrid model, in accordance with public health and social distancing guidelines:

- Automotive Technology
- Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)
- Culinary Arts
- Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
- Landscape Horticulture
- Welding Fabrication
- Wine technology

Please visit the class schedule at MySouth for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment in Classes

Q1: I am a current student with an active SEVIS record. Can I study online for Winter Quarter?

A1: As a current student with an active SEVIS record, you may enroll in all online classes while you are inside the United States.

- I am inside the United States: if you are a current student with an active SEVIS record, you can take all online classes and maintain your visa status. You must enroll full time, or be officially approved for a reduced course load by your advisor.

- I am outside of the United States: if you are a current student with an active SEVIS record, you can enroll in online classes and maintain your visa status. You must enroll full time, or be officially approved for a reduced course load by your advisor.

- I am enrolled in one of the programs with face-to-face classes: if you are enrolled in a program listed above which has in-person classes, you must be in the United States to continue studying in this program.

Q2: I am a new international student admitted to Seattle Colleges for Winter 2021. Will I be able to start my studies as planned?

A2: Yes! You may study in Winter Quarter, with the following conditions:

- New international students may take classes 100% online from outside of the United States. You do not need an I-20 form or an F-1 visa to study online from outside the United States.

- International students with an initial I-20 form may not enter the United States to take online classes. If your program with Seattle Colleges is entirely online, you may not enter the country to study at Seattle Colleges.

- If you will enroll in one of the programs with in-person classes listed above, you will be able to enter the United States to study, as long as you have an active visa.

Q3: I am a new student for Winter Quarter transferring my SEVIS record from another college. Will I be considered a continuing student, or a new student?

A3: If you are admitted for Winter Quarter with an initial transfer pending I-20 form and you are already in the United States, and having been enrolled in active status since March 9, 2020, you will be able to continue enrollment in online classes for Winter.

If you are admitted for Winter Quarter with an initial transfer pending I-20 form, but are outside of the United States, it is important that you contact our International Admissions Office before making any travel plans. Students in this situation may face additional challenges in coming to the United States.

Q4: I am a new student but I cannot travel to the U.S. for Winter quarter. I plan to study online. Do I need to do anything with my I-20 form?

A4: If you plan to travel to the United States for Spring Quarter 2021 or a future quarter, you must submit a deferral request following the instructions in the “Applicants for Winter 2021 and other 2021 intakes” section above. This is how the college will keep your SEVIS record active. Your I-20 form will be updated to reflect your first quarter in the United States.

Q5: I am having a hard time registering full-time due to unexpected class cancellations. What can be done?

A5: As in other quarters, communicate with your advisor to find open sections of courses with space which will meet your degree requirements.

Q6: Can I enroll concurrently at another college for Winter quarter?

A6: Yes, concurrent enrollment practices remain the same.

Q7: How can I take my classes online in Winter quarter if I do not have access to a computer/internet?

A7: Since classes are online, you must have access to the internet to complete them successfully. Please communicate with your advisor if you are in your home country and have trouble accessing the internet.

If you are staying in the United States, contact the International Programs office at your campus to inquire about options for borrowing technology.

Q8: I am in my final quarter of study and I only need one class to graduate. Can I take it online?

A8: Yes. Please communicate with your advisor about your course selection. Please also remember to request permission for reduced course load for your graduating quarter.

Q9: I am in my final quarter of study, can I complete my degree in my home country by taking all online classes?

A9: Yes, please make sure to communicate your plans with your advisor.


Visas

Q10: If I enroll full time while in the U.S. and my visa expires, do I need to renew my visa?

A10: No, your F-1 visa can expire while you are in the United States. As long as you remain in the United States, you do not need to renew your visa. You are allowed to stay in the United States if you have a valid I-20 form and you maintain your visa status.

Q11: If I am a continuing student and remain outside the United States, do I need to get a new F-1 visa if my current visa is still valid?

A11: No. If your F-1 visa is still valid, you do not need to apply for a new visa regardless of your SEVIS status.

Q12: Are the United States consulates issuing student visas?

A12: Yes. The Department of State announced that it will start issuing visas again beginning starting July 14, 2020. Not all consulates will open at the same time, so students who need to apply for a visa should check the Department of State website to find out if the consulate they want to visit is open: https://www.usembassy.gov.


Employment and Practical Training

Q13: If I complete my degree online in my home country, will I still be eligible to apply for OPT?

A13: As long as you are enrolled in full-time classes (or authorized for reduced courseload for graduation) and you otherwise meet requirements for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you may apply for OPT. Please follow regular OPT application requirements in communication with your advisor.

Please be advised that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not changed the regulation requiring students to apply for OPT while inside the United States. When you sign the I-765, you are certifying you are filing the form while you are in the United States. The I-765 form requires a mailing address in the U.S., to which any correspondence and your EAD would be sent.

Q14: I am a new student starting in Winter 2021, and I plan to enroll remotely while outside the United States my first quarter. Will I be eligible for an internship (Curricular Practical Training – CPT) or to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in Fall 2021?

A14: No, according to the most recent guidance, you will not be eligible for CPT or OPT. To be eligible for practical training, you must be enrolled full time for one academic year (9 months, or 3 quarters). Since you will not enter the country in Winter Quarter, we cannot register you in SEVIS and count Winter Quarter as part of the academic year. This means you will not have studied long enough by Fall 2021 to qualify for CPT or OPT.

Q15: What should I do if I am on OPT and my place of work closes because of COVID-19?

A15: If your place of work closes, communicate with your employer about opportunities to work remotely to maintain your employment. If you are not able to work remotely, consider any volunteer opportunities in your field of study which you could engage in. Remember that volunteering in your field will also count toward full-time employment. Be sure to update any changes in your employment in the OPT portal, or by contacting your advisor. 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 will only begin to accrue days of unemployment if you are not working at all.

Q16: Can I work on campus during Winter quarter if my department is open?

A16: Yes. International students can work up to 20 hours per week on campus. Please check-in with your supervisor to learn about other limits for on-campus employment and to inquire about the possibility of continuing part-time on-campus employment during remote operations.

Q17: The college says that part-time employees who are not working can apply for unemployment. How does this apply to me as an international student?

A17: Generally, international students are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits. If you have another visa status in addition to your F-1 status, we recommend you consult with an immigration attorney before collecting benefits.

Q18: If I have completed my program of study or OPT, but travel restrictions prevent me from returning to my home country, can I stay in the United States longer than the sixty-day grace period?

A18: At this time, the grace period benefit has not changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your program has ended, you will still be required to take action within your 60 day grace period: Apply for OPT, depart the U.S., transfer out, change your education level, or apply for a Change of Status. If your OPT has ended, you will still be required to take action within your 60 day grace period: Depart the U.S., transfer out, change your education level, or apply for a Change of Status. Please connect with your advisor to discuss your specific plans.

Q19: As an F-1 student employee, can I work from another country while the colleges are in remote operations?

A19: No. Our Human Resources Office has advised us that students may not work for the Seattle Colleges from outside of the United States during the college closure.


Travel Questions

Q20: Am I able to travel to the United States at this time?

A20: As noted above, new students with an initial I-20 form will not be able to enter the country to study in online classes.

If you are a continuing student, or will be in a program with in-person classes, you may be able to travel to the United States. Since everyone's situation is different, we recommend that you check the Center for Disease Control's website for updated restrictions related to COVID-19 before traveling. Note that there may be restrictions on transiting through a country, and if any of your flights transit through a country on this list, you should check with your airline to see if you will be able to complete all portions of your itinerary.

Q21: I left the U.S. without a valid travel signature on my I-20. What should I do?

A21: Please email your advisor and include information about when you plan to travel, or you can request an I-20 reprint on SCDGlobal. Your advisor can email you a digitally signed copy of your I-20 to your email address that is listed in SEVIS.

Q22: When I arrive in the United States, will I be required to quarantine for 14 days?

A22: Currently, the Washington State Department of Health does not require individuals to quarantine at home unless they test positive for the coronavirus. However, the CDC recommends that any travelers coming from an international location to the United States should self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor their health (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html).

Due to the fluid nature of the situation, this could change. Please check for any restrictions before you travel.

Q23: If I was enrolled in classes for Fall 2020, but violated my F-1 status and I’m now back in my home country, can I return to the U.S. to study all online using a new initial I-20 for re-entry for Winter quarter?

A23: In this case, you would be treated as a brand new initial student. Therefore, we suggest that you do not travel to the U.S. to engage in 100% online study this Winter. You are encouraged to enroll in online classes from your home country. Please contact your advisor if you have questions about regaining status through re-entry.


Finances

Q24: What should I do if I received a $1,200 federal stimulus payment?

A24: In most cases, F-1 international students are not eligible for this type of payment. If you received one, it might be because your 2018 or 2019 taxes were filed incorrectly. If you are in this situation, we recommend that you consult with a tax professional for advice on what you should do. The implications for accepting this money in error could be serious, but there are ways to fix the situation.

Below are four companies that have expertise working with international students:

- UW Vita's free tax preparation services
- https://www.sprintax.com
- https://www.glaciertax.com
- Gary R. Engler & Company


Links and Resources

ICE / SEVP Information

- Study In The States Coronavirus Pages
- ICE / SEVP Broadcast Message March 9, 2020
- ICE / SEVP Broadcast Message Follow-Up, July 24, 2020
- ICE / SEVP Coronavirus FAQs

Coronavirus Information Pages

- Seattle Colleges
- North Seattle College
- Seattle Central College
- South Seattle College