COVID-19 Webinar FAQs: Immigration Issues

IMMIGRATION ISSUES

I am staying in the U.S. but my visa is expiring.  Will that affect my OPT application? 

Your visa does not have to be valid, as long as you are remining in the U.S.  The only time you need a valid visa is when you enter the U.S. Having an expired visa will have no affect on your OPT application as long as your I-20 is valid. 

I know that I am not supposed to take online classes in order to maintain my F-1 status.  How does Pitt’s decision affect my status? 

The U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has sent out notifications to all institutions that they understand that adjustments to regular in person classes are being made in the interest of the health and safety of everyone.  They have indicated their intention to be flexible about temporary adaptations to teaching, so you can be assured that your F-1 status will not be affected by participation in online classes for the remainder of the semester.  

I am an April 2020 graduate.  Will Pitt’s new schedule affect my OPT application? 

No.  The spring semester will end at the scheduled time and all your course work should be done at that time.  Your OPT application can be processed normally. 

Will OIS still be approving CPT requests as normal this summer? 

Yes.  Assuming your CPT placement is still running as scheduled, OIS will process applications normally.  As of March 20, 2020, OIS will begin to be available remotely, but all immigration functions will continue to be operational.  

Will OIS provide the option for mailing our I-20 or other documents to us since we are no longer on campus? 

Yes, OIS will give you details for how to access all necessary immigration services, including receipt of I-20s, etc. 

Sorry for the basic question, but I don’t know how to find my immigration specialist.  Where is that information on your website? 

Check out the Student Team on the OIS staff page. Specialists are divided by School.