Fall 2021: COVID-19 & Immigration FAQs for International Students

Updated June 8, 2021

The following items relate to Colorado College's announced plans to resume in-person classes for the Fall 2021 semester. On April 26, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a broadcast message that international students in F-1 status should continue to follow the the Fall 2020 SEVP guidance for the Fall 2021 semester.  For details of how this most recent immigration guidance affects F-1 students at CC, please take a moment to review the Fall 2021 COVID-19 & Immigration FAQs below.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to ISSS.



Can I take classes online for the Fall 2021 semester?  

Colorado College is planning to return to in-person classes in Fall 2021.  Therefore, you should be on CC's campus and be enrolled in in-person classes for each block of the semester.

What is full-time enrollment for an international student or exchange student?

You need to be enrolled in at least 3.0 units a semester in order be enrolled full-time and maintain your F-1 or J-1 student status.

Can I take a block off?

For your immigration status, we recommend that you enroll in an in-person class for each block of the semester.  It may be possible for you to take one block off, but you must receive permission from International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) BEFORE dropping a block.



Can you send me an electronic copy of my I-20 form?

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) currently has permission from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to email electronic I-20s when necessary.

I can't get a visa appointment.  What can I do and how can CC help me?

Unfortunately, ISSS and Colorado College cannot expedite your visa issuance.  You can see if you qualify for an expedited visa appointment based on the program start date on your I-20 form.  ISSS recommends regularly checking the Department of State website for updates regarding visa processing services and wait times.

What do I do if I can't come to Colorado College in time for the Fall 2021 semester?

Contact International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) so we can assess the situation and inform you of the appropriate next step.



Am I guaranteed entry to the U.S.?

No. Travel and entry restrictions vary greatly, depending on your home country or the country you will travel from. You should research the entry allowances and restrictions for these locations prior to departing the USA, so that you are aware if re-entry to the USA will be possible.  We suggest checking the CDC's U.S. Entry page.

Additionally, there may be a requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.  Please visit the CDC website for more information and FAQs about what is required to board your flight to return to the U.S.


Where can I find out about any possible entry restrictions to the United States?

While the United States Embassy or Consular Office in your home country, as well as your home country's Embassy or Consular Offices in the United States are perhaps the best sources of accurate information, there are also several websites which are tracking global entry and travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Some of these include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NAFSA International Student Information Page.

Can I qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE) in order to enter the U.S.?


Things have been changing in regards to the National Interest Exceptions.  NAFSA’s page of COVID-19 Restrictions on U.S. Visas and Entry is being kept up-to-date on developments in this area.

How do I know if I need a new travel signature on my I-20, and how do I get a new travel signature if mine has expired?


Please check page 2 of your I-20 to see when the I-20 was last signed by an advisor in ISSS. The travel signature is valid for one year. If the signature will expire before the date you will be entering the U.S., you need to contact ISSS for a new travel signature before you travel. During this time of COVID-19, ISSS has permission to issue and sign a new I-20, and send the scanned copy to you via email. Please contact ISSS for a travel signature at least two weeks before you travel to the U.S.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccination in order to come to Colorado College?

Vaccinations are required for CC’s students, faculty and staff.  Please see CC’s Immunization and Health Documentation website for information about submitting your proof of vaccination or requesting an exemption.

What COVID-19 vaccines will Colorado College accept?

In this May 10th announcement, Colorado College said:  “The college will accept proof of all vaccines that have successfully gone through an approval process in any country.”

What if I can't get a vaccine in my country before coming to Colorado College?

If you are unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine before coming to CC, please email Heather Horton, Director of the Wellness Resource Center, and she will help you make arrangements to get a COVID-19 vaccination after you complete the COVID-19 protocol upon arrival.  The COVID-19 protocol that includes taking a COVID test, following enhanced social distancing protocol for 7 days, and taking another COVID test on Day 7.   The arrival protocols for the fall are the same as those implemented for the summer.  

When should I arrive if I need to do COVID testing and enhanced social distancing before the Fall 2021 semester starts?

International students coming to CC for the first time should arrive on August 18, 2021. 

Continuing international students returning to CC should arrive on August 22, 2021 if you will not be fully vaccinated at the time of your arrival.   This will enable you to complete COVID testing and enhanced social distancing in time to attend class in person when classes start on August 30th.  Please contact the Office of Housing if you need to make arrangements to move in early.

I have questions about CC's COVID protocol and return to campus policy.  Who should I contact?

We first recommend that you review the information on Colorado College's COVID-19 Updates page. If you have questions which are unanswered by the website, you can contact our COVID team at covid19@coloradocollege.edu.



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