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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.

Coming to Campus After the Start of the Semester

New international students who plan to come to campus may not enroll in a 100% online course schedule. You will need to obtain an F-1 visa and arrive in Ithaca no later than October 5, 2020, to begin a quarantine period and/or testing before joining classes. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. after the start of the fall semester (September 2), please check with your academic department or college advising office to confirm that you can participate in at least one hybrid class with an in-person component before finalizing your travel arrangements. Students who are unable to obtain an F-1 visa and arrive before October 5 will typically need to complete the fall semester remotely. We will work with you to update the program start date on your I-20 form for a spring semester arrival in January. Graduate students, please contact your graduate field or program to confirm your fall enrollment plans. Undergraduate and professional students please contact International Services.

For those hoping to arrive for the fall semester after October 5, we are establishing a late arrival request form and will make that information available soon. You will have to have a confirmed visa appointment in order to complete the form.

Note: Does not apply to Cornell Tech students; Cornell Law students must arrive by October 2.

Protect Yourself from Internship or Job Scams!

Be cautious about any unsolicited offers you receive for internships or jobs. Cornell students are continuing to receive a large number of fraudulent (phishing) emails with these scam offers, and some students have fallen victim. Learn more about how to protect yourself

Fall Guidance from Homeland Security Rescinded

The July 6 guidance from the Department of Homeland Security about COVID-19 temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester was rescinded on July 14. The withdrawal of this ruling means that the guidance issued in March, which allows currently enrolled students taking online courses to reside in the U.S. and maintain legal F-1 status, will remain in effect throughout the fall semester. We are not yet clear how this ruling will impact incoming students with I-20 issued for initial attendance. We will communicate more as soon as we know. 

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.

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.