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Alerts and Coronavirus Updates for Cornell's International Community

Visit Cornell's Coronavirus Resources and Updates for campus-wide information. Visit FAQ for Cornell’s International Community for detailed immigration-related questions.

Fall Guidance from Homeland Security

Guidance from the Department of Homeland Security about COVID-19 temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester has arrived. Read more about the guidance. We know that many in our international community are very anxious, and we understand your concern. We'll be back in touch as soon as we have clarity to help you navigate the details.

Fall Activation Plan: International Town Hall for Students, Parents, and Alumni

Please join us on Thursday, July 9 at 8 .a. EDT for a conversation with campus leaders, including President Martha Pollack, Provost Michael Kotlikoff, and Vice Provost Wendy Wolford, to learn more about Cornell's plans for the fall semester. Registration is required

Study Away

Learn about in-residence Study Away options created with academic partners around the globe for international Cornell who cannot return to campus due to travel restrictions.

Message to International Students and Scholars on Executive Order on Immigration (June 22)

The White House has issued a new executive order on immigration, learn more about the order. Know that we firmly believe that an international community is essential to educating the brightest, solving critical global problems, reducing international tension, and facilitating empathy and leadership across nations.

Message to Chinese Students on Presidential Proclamation (May 29)

The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation on Friday suspending the entry of certain graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from China. We do not yet have access to any details about which graduate students and researchers this might affect, but we are working closely with our team in D.C., and we will provide information as soon as we have any. Read the full message

April 22 Presidential Proclamation "temporarily suspending immigration into the United States"

The presidential proclamation is very limited in scope and only applies to those who are applying for U.S. permanent residence from a location abroad. Cornell faculty and academic staff filing for permanent residence typically file these applications from within the United States and are not impacted. This proclamation does not apply to F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, or other nonimmigrant visa holders. Read the full Presidential Proclamation

Cornell Supports Its International Community  

The details of the new executive order on immigration are still unclear, but we know where we stand: with our international community. As more details emerge, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, please take good care of yourself—and each other. Read more on International Services Facebook.

Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

The deadline to file taxes is usually April 15. This year, the deadline to file and pay is July 15, for both Federal and New York State taxes. The filing extension applied to international students and scholars, learn more.

Hotline to Combat Coronavirus Hate Crimes and Xenophobic Rhetoric

New York's Attorney General Letitia James created a hotline to report hate crimes and bias-based incidents. The hotline comes in the wake of rising reports of harassment and assaults, as well as rhetoric against Asian Americans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Attorney General urges those experiencing hate crimes and bias incidences to report them by emailing the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau at or calling 1-800-771-7755. Learn more about the initiative.

Department of State Suspending Routine Visa Services

  • In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020.