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The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) is following UNC Charlotte’s COVID-19 measures and restrictions. In order to ensure international students’ health and safety, here is the new update on their services and programs:

  • The ISSO has confirmed with UNC Charlotte and with U.S. Inmigration that any face-to-face classes that are moving to alternative instructional methods in response to COVID-19 will continue to count as face-to-face classes for immigration purposes.

  • The ISSO strongly discourages all international students from departing the U.S. prior to the completion of the Spring 2020 semester.

    • However, if students decide to leave the U.S., the following risks may arise:

      • It is possible that students will be unable to return to the U.S. this semester as embassies from around the world are using limited services or closing due to COVID-19. This ban is even applicable to valid F-1 and J-1 visas.

      • Students may lose eligibility for OPT/CPT if they are unable to re-enter the U.S. 

      • Students may lose tuition/credits and/or may experience course sequencing issues. 

    • Students must talk to their ISSO advisors before deciding to travel outside of the U.S. at this time.

  • All current South Village residents are requested to remove their belongings:

    • Hunt, Laurel and Levine residents were required to retrieve their belongings by April 5. 

    • Holshouser, Scott and Sanford residents will be able to schedule an appointment with a prior notification that will be sent by April 7.

    • If residents cannot or do not wish to retrieve their belongings, they are able to indicate their decision to decline a check-out appointment through their Housing and Residence Life account. A third party moving company will pack, move and store their belongings at no additional cost.

  • The University recently released information about a Pass/No Credit option for academic courses. Students will be able to select this option after the semester ends in May. 

  • ISSO offers phone advising appointments on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • I-20 pickups are not available at this time. Students must visit the Create a Shipment Page to set up an express I-20 shipment if necessary.

The ISSO is happy to advise on a case-by-case basis by scheduling a phone advising appointment here.

This article will be updated as more information is provided.

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