Complete the 2020 U.S. Census while you are isolated at home!
Complete the 2020 U.S. Census while you are isolated at home!
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Friday, March 27 | Spring Semester 2020

ISSS remote meeting
Advising Team Meeting
Dan and Yuenan during meeting
Programming Team Meeting
molly at her home office
Molly Heidemann taking a break from taking pictures of ISSS virtual meetings 
Welcome back to regularly scheduled Friday releases of the International Student and Scholar Services newsletter, The InternationaList.

ISSS has gone remote! Hopefully your remote learning locations are as sweet as ours. Although Ohio is under a “Stay at Home” order for the time being, ISSS is still available and ready for all the changes of the Spring 2020 semester.

We are looking forward to some exciting announcements about Fall 2020 in the coming weeks.

Please stay connected, check your email, and send any questions to:

Or, give ISSS a suggestion, recommendation, or idea!
Programs and Events
March 30: Last 6-week sprint courses begin - be sure to attend (remotely) if you are registered! You are required to maintain full-time enrollment in order to maintain legal status.
March 30: Classes resume via remote instruction. Check Canvas!
March 31, 12pm EDT (noon): Applying for Optional Practical Training Info Session 

Spring Semester 2020 Important Dates to Know: 

April 17: Last day to withdraw from a course or switch to credit/no-credit

May 15: Last Day of Spring Semester
Virtual Career Guidance with Shayna Smith. Resume Critique, Handshake help, choosing a major, career exploration, internship search, interview prep, cover letter, graduate schoo. Monday 2 to 4 pm. Thursday 11 to 1 pm. How to schedule a virtual appoirntment. Log in to Career Center, select Career Center.
Immigration tip
Returning to the U.S. for Fall 2020
Many students have returned to their home countries and have expressed concern about their ability to return for fall semester. Keep in mind that you will only need to review your visa if it is expired or will expire before you return to the U.S. The “5-month rule” that would normally cause a visa to become invalid does not apply to students who are currently pursuing their courses remotely due to the COVID-19 situation and are maintaining legal status.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates as of March 20, 2020. In addition, there are travel restrictions prohibiting entry into the U.S. from a variety of countries. Our hope is that these restrictions will be lifted by summer and that U.S. embassies and consulates will reopen.

If you have chosen to return to your home country this summer, you have the following options:
  • Return to the U.S. with your valid visa if travel restrictions are lifted

  • If necessary, renew your F-1 visa after consulates reopen in time to return for the fall semester

  • Stay home for the fall semester and take classes online or take a leave of absence. If you choose this option, your F-1 status will be terminated and you will need to complete the Return to Miami process in order to obtain a new I-20.
Census 2020

Every ten years, the United States counts every person who is living in the country - including international students! The Census collects information that determines federal funding for things like roads, hospitals, mental health services, research grants, and much more. Your response to the 2020 Census will help make sure our community is accurately funded and represented for the next decade.

The Census is easy and safe, and is available in 12 languages. The Census Bureau is required to protect your answers and keep them confidential. The Census will not ask for your immigration status. 

Note: You should be counted at your Miami/Oxford address, even if you have been displaced by COVID-19.

If you live(d) on-campus this year, Miami University will complete the census for you - there is no action required!

If you live(d) off-campus this year, you must complete the Census - see instructions below:
  • Check in with your roommates/housemates. Only one person at your address should complete the Census and report every person at the address.
  • The Census survey is online and can be completed anywhere. It should take 10 minutes or less to complete.
  • The online Census will ask for a 10-digit code that was mailed to your address. While it’s helpful to have this code, it isn’t necessary to have it.
  • The Census will ask where you are living on April 1. Even if you are no longer in Oxford, you should use your off-campus Oxford address.

You can find more information on the Miami University Census 2020 page, at or the City of Oxford Census page.

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