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Due to the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 response, the US Department of Homeland Security has announced a special exception so that international students can continue their full-time studies this semester via remote learning. As a result, it is important that you do not drop your spring 2020 classes, but rather continue your current classes through Emory’s remote learning in order to maintain your immigration status.


***If you currently live on campus, please refer to the message from Emory Housing Operations with special instructions for international students who will have difficulty returning to their home country based on governmental travel restrictions due to COVID-19, and other exception criteria.
If you are completing your studies in May 2020 and wish to apply for post-completion F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to work in the US, please make plans to remain in the US as you cannot apply for OPT and AT from abroad.

If you choose to leave the US as you continue your spring term online classes remotely, please closely monitor the entry requirements related to COVID-19 for your destination country abroad. When you are ready to return to the US, please visit our website for relevant US entry restrictions.


If you need a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, we are expanding our travel signature availability for you over the next several business days, beginning today. So, please complete the travel information update e-form in ISSS Link and come to ISSS anytime until 5 pm. If you cannot come to ISSS before March 23, please do not worry as we can mail your I-20 or DS-2019 to you.

Regardless of where you remotely continue your studies starting March 23, you will still be able to contact your ISSS advisor by phone, email, Zoom, or Skype, and submit your e-form requests online as usual.

The Department of Accessibility Services is currently offering virtual services, and will remain open Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Until further notice, DAS will not be accepting documentation via fax or mail. If you have any difficulties submitting your materials for registration on Accomodate, please see further information below:

  • Current students making first-time requests should complete the Student Registration formonline and submit documentation of disability online.
  • Incoming students for Summer or Fall 2020 semesters making a first-time accommodation request should complete the Student Registration form and submit documentation of disability online.
  • All student appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually (i.e. Zoom) until further notice.
  • If you are currently registered with DAS and have questions regarding transitioning to remote learning, please visit Accommodate for more information.
  • Student Memo & FAQs