CSUSM recommends checking with express mail carriers directly to verify whether they are able to send documents to your region of the world, as this information can change on a daily basis:
If you are not able to receive express mail in your region of the world, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to consult with an advisor about your options.
As of March 18, 2020, visa services are currently suspended at most U.S. consulates around the world.
For updated visa appointment availability, you can check your local consulate’s visa wait times here.
Newly Admitted Students
Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. However, it can take longer. The U.S. Department of State recommends that the applicant wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later, before making inquiries about status of administrative processing. For more information, review the U.S. State Department Administrative Processing information.
Also, please email email@example.com if you have been selected for administrative processing.
Students currently maintaining their F-1 records remain eligible for admission into the U.S. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, students should refer to the local U.S. embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Travel Notices websites also provide information about current travel restrictions to the U.S.
There is a lot of uncertainty at this time due to the rapidly changing situation and response regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention information for travelers .
This is a personal decision, but CSUSM recommends consulting regularly with the California Department of Public Health’s website for up-to-date information about the risks of coronavirus in this region.
You are required to have a valid, unexpired visa in order to request re-entry to the U.S. to resume studies.
Newly Admitted Students
If you are unable to schedule visa appointments before the start of fall semester, you may need to defer your admission to another semester. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to defer to another term.
If you cannot join in time for fall and Admissions is able to approve a program deferral for you, CSUSM is able to adjust your program start date on your I-20 and send you a new document for your visa appointment. Note that students are responsible for the shipping costs of another document.
If you are currently in the U.S. and your visa has expired or is expiring soon, you are eligible to remain in the U.S. as long as you are maintaining your F-1 status. The visa must be valid in order to enter/reenter the U.S., but does not need to be valid/unexpired to maintain F-1 status while in the U.S.
For additional questions please email email@example.com
Yes, the tax deadline in the U.S. has been extended to July 15, 2020. This is for students who earned income in 2019. Unfortunately, Global Education advisors are not licensed tax specialists so they can not offer tax guidance. However, we do suggest that you use a good reputable company like www.sprintax.com as they are experts with nonresident state and federal tax regulations.
For more details, please refer to the Global Education Tax Season e-mail dated March 10.
Some students have reported that possibly due to filing taxes as a U.S. Resident using a resident tax form (1040EZ) instead of the nonresident form (1040NR-EZ) that they have received the U.S. Resident stimulus check. We in Global Education are also not experts on the determination of your tax status.
However, the U.S. IRS.gov site talks about needing to be considered a “resident” to receive one. That description is not an easy one to determine. For tax purposes someone “may” be considered a resident for tax purposes though still on the F-1 status. CSUSM/Global Education cannot determine that for students. You may also want to do some research on the topic of “public charge” as we do not know if that topic is also impacted with the stimulus check.
Here is a link you might find helpful: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center
Students may engage in CPT during their time abroad, provided they are:
Summer 2020 CPT Options:
As CSUSM will be operating entirely online for summer 2020, internships must be virtual. The Office of Internships is working with community partners to identify virtual internship opportunities for summer and beyond. If anything changes before June, we will update our students. For now, please look for internship opportunities that can be done remotely.
First, it is important to determine if you are being laid off or if you are being placed on a "temporary leave in accordance with your company's leave policies." In the first scenario, being laid off, this means that you do not have a job to come back to and will be asked to reapply.
If you are placed on leave – whether paid or unpaid – this means that your workplace is temporarily suspending services but will keep your position for you and expect you to return when the company reopens. If you are not sure, please ask this question directly of your boss or your HR office, as this is a very important distinction.
If you are being placed on leave in accordance with an official policy, then the days you are not working will not count as unemployment and will not count against your 90-day maximum period of unemployment (your "unemployment clock").
If you are being laid off, however, you are required to report this end in employment within 10 days. These days will count against your 90-day unemployment clock. It is important to note that the international community has asked SEVP and USCIS to issue guidance on this issue and consider a temporary halt in counting of unemployment days – if any update is released (and we hope it will be) we will share it with you.
In the meantime, we have to operate under the normal rules. If you are not clear on how many days you have left of your 90-day unemployment clock, please contact Global Education for an update.