Last Updated: 05/19/2021
The new guidance released by SEVP On April 26 confirmed that the previously released March 2020 guidance will remain in effect for the academic year 2021-2022. Because Montclair State is resuming face-to-face instruction, all international students will be expected to follow federal regulations and limit the number of online classes. New and continuing students will not be allowed to take only online classes in the fall. Students who have any questions should contact their international student advisor for additional clarification.
Most classes will be offered in face-to-face format, with some classes being offered online. The university will be offering enough face-to-face classes to ensure that international students can maintain their immigration status.
No, it does not. Students who are in the US and graduating in May will be able to apply for OPT.
No. Because Montclair State is ‘back to normal’, students have to follow federal regulations. As such, their last semester cannot be fully online.
Students who are graduating this fall and are outside the US will not be eligible to apply for OPT. Students have to be physically in the US to fill out their I-765 application. Students who have additional questions should contact their international student advisor for assistance.
Students will be required to provide proof of immunization before returning to the campus. We will accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed information is available in our Immunizations page. If possible, students should take the vaccine in their country prior to returning to the US.
Students will the following to return to the US:
- Valid passport. It must be valid for at least six months in advance of your return to the U.S.
- Valid F-1 visa
- Valid I-20 signed for travel (page 2) by an advisor from the Office of Global Engagement.
Your I-20 must be signed within 12 months of the date of reentry (6 months if you are on OPT). To obtain a travel signature complete the Travel Signature Request
Note: If your most recent I-20 was sent to you digitally, make sure you print it out and sign and date it yourself (page 1). The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials will not accept the I-20 on your electronic device.