Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Information, Resources and Required Forms

Current Students in the United States

Complete the Spring 2021 Student Check In (Active Students) by December 19.

Current Students outside the United States

  • Complete the Spring 2021 Student Check In (Active Students) by December 7 (undergraduates) or December 19 (graduate students).
  • Visit this webpage for more detailed information about planning for Spring 2021 if you are a current student outside the United States.
   

Students who started their UConn Program from Home Country

  • If you began your program outside the U.S., you are considered a "new" student for SEVIS and F-1 visa purposes, even though you already started your UConn program.
  • Confirm the program start date on your current I-20. If it is 1/19/2021, then you are expected to arrive for Spring semester. If you will not arrive for Spring semester, fill out a SEVIS Defer - Request to Update I-20/DS-2019 record no later than December 1 (for undergraduates) or December 19 (for graduate students).
  • If you will arrive for Spring 2021 semester, then please follow the instructions for New Students for Spring 2021.
  • This web page has more detailed information for UConn students who started their program from their home country.

New Students Traveling to U.S. for Spring 2021

  1. Arrive by your required start date. For Graduate Assistants, this is January 6.  For students who will live on campus, this will be determined by the move-in schedule, which is still to be determined, but will not be later than January 19.  For all other students who will live off-campus, this date will be no later than January 19.
  2. Complete the New Student to Do List , including the Submit Arrival Documents record.  Deadline: January 19.  Graduate students approved for late arrival need to do this as soon as you arrive to campus.
  3. If you will not be able to arrive to begin Spring semester in person, you must complete the SEVIS Defer - Request to Update I-20/DS-2019 record. If you will also defer your admission term to UConn, you will need to request admission deferral from your admission office BEFORE you submit the SEVIS Defer - Request to Update I-20/DS-2019 record to ISSS. If you will study online or through a partner institution in your home country, you do not need to seek a deferral from the admission office, but you DO still need to request an updated I-20 to list your new arrival term.
  4. At this time, you need to plan for at least one in-person course (this may change). ISSS will not issue remarks about in-person coursework on your Form I-20, but rather we recommend you bring this letter , which explains UConn's course modalities, to your visa appointment and when traveling.

 

New Students for Spring 2021 who are already in the U.S.

  • Students who are currently in the United States and will begin a new academic program or get a new I-20 to attend UConn for Spring 2021 need to complete the same New Student Checklist, and Submit Arrival Documents, as do students who travel from overseas.
  • Deadline to complete the new student checklist, and submit arrival documents online through the ISSS Portal: January 19. 

New Students Who Will Delay Arrival to a Later Term

  • Request an updated I-20 form with new program start date: SEVIS Defer - Request to Change I-20/DS-2019 Start Date  This is required for all students who will not be able to arrive, or who choose to delay your arrival to the United States for Spring 2021 semester. This includes students who will defer their admission to a later term, or who started their UConn programs in Fall, and will continue to study online from home, or continue to study at a UConn partner institution during Spring semester.
  • ISSS may take 1-2 months to process your updated I-20. 
  • Deferring your admission term: If you are admitted to begin your program in Spring 2021, and you will be unable to arrive on time, you must also request an admission of your deferral term, if you still plan to come to UConn in the future. Graduate students can follow these instructions to request a deferral of admission term. Undergraduate students should contact beahusky@uconn.edu to request deferral of admission term.
  • Information for Graduate Assistants: If you defer your admission to a later term, we require you to submit an updated GA letter covering two semesters before we can release your I-20. Please request this from your department. You should still submit the SEVIS Defer -Request to Change I-20/DS-2019 Start Date now, and later when you have the updated offer letter you can submit an Update Funding Documents request through the ISSS Portal to provide ISSS with the new funding. We cannot release your I-20 until your updated offer letters have been received.

Students on Post-completion OPT, Academic Training and Visiting Scholars

Students on OPT and Academic Training, and continuing Visiting Scholars do not complete any special reporting forms; instead please follow instructions to update your address to report any changes in your location to ISSS. Remember, you must report to ISSS any address changes within 10 days after moving.

All students on OPT must continue to meet OPT reporting requirements .

Travel Letter for International Students Coming to the U.S. for Spring 2021

We still do not know what the government rules will be for international students in Spring semester. However, we have prepared a letter confirming the University's intended operational mode for Spring semester (mixture of in person and online courses). If you are a new student going to a visa interview, you may download this letter for your visa appointment for travel to the U.S. Show this letter only if you are asked about your school's operational model for Spring 2021 semester. 

Travel Letter for International Students Coming to the U.S. for Fall 2020

New students who have at least one in-person course, and returning students may download this letter to have with you when you apply for your visa or enter the U.S. Show this letter only if you are asked for additional documentation to demonstrate your school's operational model, or that your travel meets government entry requirements. 

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