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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.

**September virtual OPT workshop will be 10/26/2020 at 3:30 pm. Please check this link https://www.k-state.edu/isss/students/f1/opt.html for login information. The Zoom link will be posted couple of weeks before the 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:

Any documents that need to be sent to ISSS can be sent by mail via regular U.S. Postal Service or campus mail to:

International Student and Scholar Services
Kansas State University
1414 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS  66506  USA

or

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 there will be some delays, 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. 

At this time, we are not able to issue documents for new Exchange Visitors in the Student and Non-Degree Student categories.

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.  After arriving in the U.S. the Exchange Visitor must self-quarantine for 14 days as mandated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE. Individuals subject to this quarantine will not attend in-person university programs or activities, including attending classes or returning to work.  (https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/guidance/health/isolation-quarantine.html)

Events:

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

Resources:

 

Fall 2020 Enrollment Guidance

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. 

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, contact your ISSS advisor. Your advisor will assist you to end your SEVIS record.  If you plan to return to K-State in January, 2021, you should contact your ISSS advisor in October for more guidance.

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

F-1 Transfer students outside the U.S. in Initial SEVIS Status planning to return (or have already returned) to the U.S. for Fall 2020

You cannot enroll in a full course of study that is 100% online.   At least one course 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 Fall 2020

You are permitted to enroll in any number of online courses.   Your SEVIS record will be updated to reflect a return to the U.S. in January 2021.  Please email isss@ksu.edu of your plan now and you should contact us again in October for a new I-20.

F-1 Transfer students inside the U.S. for Fall 2020

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-1 students (in the U.S.) for Fall 2020

You cannot enroll in a full course of study that is 100% online.   At least one course 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 fall semester 2020, 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!