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International students

In April the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) confirmed the prior COVID-19 guidance is still in place for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Based on this guidance, continuing F-1 students can remain in the U.S. even if engaged in a fully online program of study provided they meet full-time enrollment requirements and are making normal progress towards their degree.

All "initial" F-1 students will be required to enroll in an in-person course, with an on-campus attendance component during the student's first term in the U.S. If you are unsure whether you are a "continuing" or "initial" F–1 student, please consult with your ISS advisor for registration requirements. If you are an Initial Transfer Pending or a Change of Education Level F–1 student, also consult with your ISS advisor for registration requirements.

International Student and Scholar Services continues to monitor announcements from the SEVP on a regular basis and will update this section accordingly.

​Yes, a booster is required for all students, regardless of what vaccine they initially received and where they received it.

If it has not yet been six months since you received all of your recommended doses, are not eligible for a booster in your home country, or received a mixture of different COVID-19 vaccines series, contact for a temporary waiver. You will need get the booster as soon as you are eligible – whether that is before or after arrival into the U.S.

​According to the CDC, if you completed a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine primary series outside of the United States you should follow the guidance above for booster shots.
Otherwise, if you were vaccinated abroad with other COVID-19 vaccines you can get a booster shot if you are 16 years or older and you either: 
If you meet the above requirements you can get a single booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after getting all recommended doses or completing a mix and match COVID-19 vaccine series.

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