Dear International Students,
Please know that we are working as fast as we can to provide answers to your questions and address your concerns. All of our students are a valued and important part of the Clark Atlanta University community, and we are committed to providing all possible support for you in this current unprecedented period. You should frequently check the CAU webpage and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for information and updates on the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Several of you have contacted the Office of International Programs with questions about the university’s transition to online courses for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester and the impact an all-online schedule will have on your immigration status. We received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that permits students to continue this semester’s courses remotely without jeopardizing their immigration status. This means that you must continue to be enrolled full-time and be making normal progress towards the degree. Regardless of where you are participating in online classes, your immigration status will remain active. Please note that this is a temporary accommodation in place until this health crisis ends and in-person classes resume.
Many of you will be making decisions about where to reside while engaging in online courses. If you plan to leave the U.S. now, please provide this update to the Office of International Programs.
- Check the expiration date of your F-1 visa as you will need a valid student visa to return (Students from Bermuda and Canada do not need a visa to enter the U.S.). If you need to apply for a new student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, please keep in mind how long it might take to get a new visa and make your plans accordingly.
Please note the list of frequently asked questions which address most of your questions. If additional information is required, please contact the Office of International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.