COVID-19 FAQ for International Students and Visiting Scholars

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International Education & Global Engagement
With ongoing developments surrounding the coronavirus regarding safety and travel, our center is following all the current updates that are reported to us by the Student and Exchange Visitor program (SEVP).  We would like to inform you about the potential impact on your visa status and the available resources during this time.

President Conoley will continue to update our campus on preparation and response. Please continue to check CSULB Alerts for these updates. We will cooperate with any changes in campus policy to advise you about how to maintain your F1 or J1 status.

As usual, if you are feeling ill or unwell, please go immediately to campus Student Health Services where you can be taken care of.

All F-1, F-1 OPT, STEM OPT Status - You may have plans to travel. If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S. we urge you to stay informed about current global travel warnings and delays affecting travelers all over the world.

The U.S. government posts up-to-date travel warnings to inform travelers about country events that create potential risks and dangers. You should check these sites for updated reports on risks of traveling to certain countries at this time.
In addition, if you are on OPT or STEM OPT, you should consult with your employer human resources or your supervisor about your travel plans.

Returning to the U.S. from High Risk Countries

Be cautious traveling: Refer to guidance from the CDC , U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions. If you are unsure how an entry ban will impact your travel, you can consult with your international student advisor.

If you have returned from a country that is currently severely affected by the coronavirus, it is highly advised that you take the following steps from the CDC to protect yourself and those around you.

Airport Screening or Airline Cancellations

Before you travel, be informed of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Be prepared to provide detailed information if you are questioned at an airport about your travel history at any time from December 2019 until the present.
    • U.S. Arrival Restrictions
  • Check with your airlines to get the most updated information on flights and restrictions.  
  • Be prepared to explain to airport officials your situation and provide information you feel might clear you for travel. 
  • Contact your current employer if you are facing travel delays (Current OPT/STEM-OPT students).
Students in Distress
During this time, we understand that it can be stressful to think about traveling, your health and perhaps even family members or friends in the affected areas. If you feel that you need to talk to someone, you should contact campus Counseling and Psychological Support services.

Reporting Harassment or Racism
CSULB does not tolerate racial discrimination or harassment against members of our community under any circumstance. Incidents of this kind should be reported immediately to the Office of Equity & Diversity.

Office of International Students & Scholars