ISS COVID-19 Updates

Spring 2021 Update

January 13, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring all air passengers travelling to the United States have a documented COVID-19 test within 3 days of departure.   This will be effective January 26, 2021.

Texas A&M University recommends persons who have recently  returned to the United States receive a COVID-19 test with in a few days upon arrival.

January 12, 2021: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of State has stated through the media and SEVP representatives that the Fall 2020 COVID-19 guidance will apply for Spring 2021. It is likely that they will not publish revised guidance and we have adjusted the COVID-19 FAQ to reflect the Fall guidance. If more guidance is released, we will update the FAQ and email students.

December 9, 2020:  A news article stated, "Nonimmigrant students should continue to abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020," said the spokeswoman, Carissa Cutrell. "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."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of State have not yet published Spring 2021 guidance related to COVID-19 and F or J regulations.   ISS will be updating the ISS COVID-19 FAQ to reflect the recent statement from SEVP.

For the most updated version of the Frequently Asked Questions on the March 2020 SEVP COVID-19 Guidance, please check:

November 24, 2020: A letter has been drafted by ISS for your use at the port-of-entry. This is to explain to the port-of-entry official that Texas A&M University will be having courses face-to-face and students will have the option to enroll in hybrid courses (face-to-face course with a remote option).  The letter explaining this is available at 

Beware of COVID-19 Scams!

Unfortunately, there have been numerous new scams that have developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a U.S. federal government agency aimed at protecting consumers and they have developed a comprehensive Coronavirus Advice for Consumers webpage: ISS encourages all international students to review this information in order to learn about acceptable practices in the U.S. and how to identify potential coronavirus scams so they can be avoided – and reported.

COVID-19 Second Stimulus Relief Payment

Please navigate to these pages for more information on the COVID-19 Second Stimulus Relief Payment as an international student:

International Student Services Office Operations

International Student Services (ISS) stands with our international students and will provide support and adjust guidance as needed due to the fluid nature of this difficult situation. This webpage will be monitored and updated as frequently as possible. All answers are subject to change as the situation with the COVID-19 virus evolves.


Interacting with ISS

Frequently Asked Questions (updated 1/11/2021)

International Student Services has created three COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpages to help our new, current, and graduated international students understand the evolving issues regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As the situation evolves, we will regularly update you and this webpage. We strongly encourage you regularly monitor official Texas A&M University communications via email and the web as well as our website for updates.
You can view recordings of the COVID-19 FAQ Webinars hosted by ISS at
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for New International Students
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Current International Students
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Graduated International Students

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Texas A&M University is committed to keeping our community safe, healthy, and informed the University’s response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Texas A&M University continues to closely monitor latest developments and take the appropriate actions.  The Texas A&M Coronavirus (COVID-19) information is located at
ISS understands that this situation may cause students extra stress and anxiety. We want to remind students that the following campus resources are still operating and available to you:  
ISS encourages all international students to monitor COVID-19 developments through various local, state, and federal agencies, including those listed below.