Review new guidance from government regarding online study in Spring 2021
Review new guidance from government regarding online study in Spring 2021
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Friday, December 11, 2020 | Fall Semester 2020

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Questions about Spring 2021? 
ISSS staff will host a series of live sessions guiding students through the process of submitting the "Spring 2021 Study Plan Confirmation" e-form in InterLink and discuss other considerations for the upcoming semester. See the Immigration Tip below for new guidance regarding online enrollment for Spring 2021.

Please remember that all international students (except those graduating this December or January) are required to submit forms for Spring 2021 to indicate their study plans. See last week's ISSS newsletter (scroll down to the Immigration Tip) for more information.

Please register for a live session with ISSS if you have not yet submitted your forms or have questions for ISSS about Spring 2021:

Tuesday, December 15 at 10:00am (EST)

Register for ISSS Live: Spring 2021

Thursday, January 7 at 8:00am (EST)

Register for ISSS Live: Spring 2021

Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00am (EST)

Register for ISSS Live: Spring 2021
Now through January 17 - Oxford Night Lights
Check out murals from local artists, twinkling lights, and all other seasonal attractions happening in Uptown and throughout Oxford. 
Thursday, December 17 - Fall grades are viewable 
This also is a good time to check your transcript.
December 19 to January 3 - Miami campus and offices are closed 
ISSS appointments
will be unavailable during this time, so please plan accordingly.
Immigration Tip
Guidance regarding Spring 2021 enrollment

On Wednesday, December 9, a U.S. media report indicated that federal guidance regarding online and hybrid enrollment for international students will remain the same for the spring term, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program. A formal announcement has not yet been made or posted on government websites, but it appears that this report is valid. We urge students to continue checking their email over winter break, as we will continue to send updates as needed.

Guidance from Fall 2020 being extended to Spring 2021 means that F-1 students who were already in the U.S. in legal status on March 9, 2020 and have continued to maintain status are eligible to take a fully online course load in Spring 2021 and maintain legal status. Students who entered the U.S. with an initial I-20 for Fall 2020 or who plan to do so for Spring 2021 must enroll in at least one in-person course for Spring 2021. Keep in mind that hybrid courses that meet face-to-face at least 50% of the time can be considered in-person.
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Congratulations to members of the Miami Class of 2020 graduating today! 

Nearly 200 international students can now proudly call themselves Miami alumni. Commencement will happen today at 3pm and honor all Miamians gradutaing in 2020. Love and Honor to them all.

Future degree candidates can also check graduation requirements

  • The International Student Barometer Survey will remain open this weekend for final submissions. If you have not yet completed the survey, please refer to the email sent from Molly Heidemann, ISSS Director, on December 8 for the link. We would appreciate feedback from as many of our students as possible!

  • Submit a story for Where in the World is Miami.  

  • Are you looking to distribute information about your event, program, group etc. to international students and scholars at Miami? Submit an ISSS communications request.
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