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International Student and Scholar Services

ISSS office is physically closed!

Due to the university's limited operations status while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, International Student and Scholar Services has instituted several adjustments to our operations to provide ease of access for our services.

Advising:

Please email your advisor directly. Virtual/video meetings can be scheduled.

**Please check this link https://www.k-state.edu/isss/students/f1/opt.html for dates and login information for the virtual OPT sessions. The zoom link will be posted couple of weeks before each scheduled workshop.

Students:

Stacey Bailey -
Advisor for students with last names A and 
Z.   sbails@ksu.edu

Bogi Davies - 
Advisor for students with last names B-L. 
 boza2@ksu.edu

Ruth Newton - 
Advisor for students with last names M-Y.
  ruthn@ksu.edu

 

Scholars:

Maria Beebe   pappy@ksu.edu

Document Processing:

We ask that any documents that need to be submitted to ISSS be sent by electronically to: isss@ksu.edu.  

We do not want documents sent via courier, because they would be delivered to the office, and there is no one there. We will be able to pick up the mail from the university three times per week. Unfortunately, this means documents sent USPS will be delayed being routed to an advisor, but work will continuously be processed.

DS-2019s

We will issue NEW DS-2019 for J-1 Exchange Visitors in the Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, Professor and Student Intern categories once U.S. consulates/embassies re-open in that particular country for routine visa processing. Once U.S. embassies/consulates re-open, requested start dates for DS-2019s should be 90 days into the future. If DS-2019s have already been issued for an incoming exchange visitor, we will update them after the U.S. embassies/consulates re-open for routine visa processing. 

Rationale: 

Some Embassies and Consulates are reopening.  Check the website of the embassy or consulate for its current operating status: usembassy.gov.  Once consulates reopen it will take time to get an appointment and possibly reserve flights.  Quarantine information from Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE, can be found online at: https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/guidance/health/isolation-quarantine.html)

Events:

All programs for the spring semester will be delivered via Zoom, some live and some recorded.  More information to follow.

Resources:

 

Spring 2021 Enrollment Guidance 

SEVP has released the following statement regarding guidance for spring semester 2021: “Nonimmigrant students should continue to abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020. The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19. The March 2020 guidance applies to nonimmigrant students who were actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9, 2020, and are otherwise complying with the terms of their nonimmigrant status, whether from inside the United States or abroad.” 

While they released this statement, there is no clarification or an official policy statement.  Here is what we interpret from this statement.  If any clarification is issued we will be sure to share. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your ISSS advisor directly or isss@ksu.edu. Thanks!

F-1 students enrolled and in valid status on March 9, 2020 at K-State (including ELP students) 

You may enroll in any combination of hybrid/on-line/in-person classes.  (For example, all classes on-line is fine.)   You must maintain full time status or have an approved reduced course load (RCL) to maintain an active F-1 SEVIS record.  Even if you are outside the U.S., we can maintain your SEVIS record as long as you continue to enroll in a full-course of study online. 

If you are outside the U.S. and want to enroll in less than a full-time course of study and do not meet exemptions for full-time to be approved for an RCL, contact your ISSS advisor. Your advisor will assist you to end your SEVIS record.  If you plan to return to K-State in the future, you should contact your ISSS advisor for more guidance four months in advance.   

Full-time study definitions are located here:  https://www.k-state.edu/isss/students/f1/enrollment.html  

F-1 students enrolled and in valid status after March 9, 2020 at K-State (including ELP students) 

You cannot enroll in a full course of study that is 100% online.   At least one course (at least 1 credit) must be face-to-face or hybrid. 

F-1 Transfer students outside the U.S. in Initial SEVIS Status planning to return (or have already returned) to the U.S. for Spring 2021 

You cannot enroll in a full course of study that is 100% online.   At least one course (at least 1 credit) must be face-to-face or hybrid. 

F-1 Transfer students outside the U.S. in Initial SEVIS Status not planning to return to the U.S. for Spring 2021 

You are permitted to enroll in any number of online courses.  However, your SEVIS record will not be maintained in Active status. Please email isss@ksu.edu to notify us you will not be physically present for Spring 2021. You will also need to notify ISSS approximately 4 months in advance of your plans to return to the U.S. to enroll full-time at K-State.  

F-1 Transfer students inside the U.S. for Spring 2021 

You may enroll in any combination of hybrid/on-line/in-person classes.  You must maintain full time status or have an approved reduced course load.   

Brand New F-1and J-1 students (in the U.S.) for Spring 2021 

You cannot enroll in a full course of study that is 100% online.   At least one course (at least 1 credit) must be face-to-face or hybrid. 

J-1 degree-seeking university students who have been enrolled and in “active” SEVIS since March 

You may enroll in any combination of hybrid/on-line/in-person classes.  (For example, all classes on-line is fine.)  You must maintain full time status or have an approved reduced course load.   

*For ALL those in F-1 or J-1 status in the U.S.* 

If we switch from traditional in-person/hybrid instruction to fully online instruction for the Spring 2021 semester, all students in F-1 or J-1 status may remain in the United States and maintain their status. 

 

Will my health insurance cover any COVID-19 costs? 

If you have questions as to what is covered, you will have to check directly with the health insurance company. 

 

 

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Kansas State University, welcomes you to our website! We hope that you are able to find answers to your questions pertaining to international students, scholars, and dependents whether it is for yourself or a campus department. While updates are usually emailed via our listserv, it is advisable to check our website often for updates to regulatory issues and for new events.

K-State's international community is vibrant and growing! Our office is a key point of contact for the international community. You should feel free to approach a staff member with any concerns you might have during your stay in Manhattan. If we are not the right people to help you, we will connect you with the appropriate people to assist you. Please let us know what you need to make your stay here the best it can be!

Thank you for being a part of the K-State Community!