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ISSS Operation Update

Even though the COVID pandemic is not over, ISSS will begin to open our doors again.  K-State currently has an indoor mask policy https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/guidance/health/face-covering.html).  Our office door will be open from 9:30am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 4pm. 

For advising, we encourage you to email your advisor directly for a 20-minute appointment.  Virtual/video meetings or in person meetings can be schedule.  While the mask mandate is in force, we would prefer virtual meetings for ease of communications.

For student document processing, we ask that any documents that need to be submitted to ISSS be sent electronically to: isss@ksu.edu.  Please send as PDF attachments. The U.S. government has indicated we can still issue electronic I-20s throughout the 2021-2022 school year to you for you to print.  For scholar document processing, please email pappy@ksu.edu directly.

OPT workshops will be virtual.  Please check this link https://www.k-state.edu/isss/students/f1/opt.html for dates and login information for the virtual OPT sessions.

Student Advising:

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 Advising:

Maria Beebe   pappy@ksu.edu

For programs and events  -please checkhttps://www.k-state.edu/isss/programs-events/ for details.  Some will be virtual.  Some will be online.  This includes our orientation experience.

 

Resources:

 

2021-2022 Academic Year (Fall 2021-Spring 2022) Enrollment Guidance 

In late April, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced they would extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year.  There were still some unanswered questions in particular what return to “normal operation” meant. This impacted us in particular, as K-State is planning to start the “phase-out” stage of our reawakening plan. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) clarified in a response letter to NAFSA: Association of International Educators and again at the NAFSA Annual conference held the week of June 1, 2021 that return to "normal operation" per their guidance refers to the end of the COVID-19 emergency in general and not necessarily each institution's decision to return to more "normal" course offerings.  This provided us the confidence we needed to release this guidance.  As always, please feel free to reach out to isss@ksu.edu with any questions and they will be passed to your immigration advisor.

F-1 students enrolled and in valid status on March 9, 2020 at K-State (including ELP students) and who have continued to maintain their status since.

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. 

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.

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 Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. 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.

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 Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

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 (under K-State Program Sponsorship) who have been enrolled and in “active” SEVIS since March 2020

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 2021-2022 academic year, 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!