COVID-19 Information and Updates

This dedicated page contains information related to the Coronavirus and its specific impacts on the ISSO and international students, scholars, and faculty. Updates are arranged chronologically, from most to least recent. Helpful links and Covid-19 FAQs can be found under this page in the left side bar. 

Information regarding UNC Charlotte’s broader response to Coronavirus can be accessed via the latest NinerNotice

Updates:


Suspension of Entry to United States from Brazil
May 26th, 2020
The U.S. Department of State has announced a suspension of entry into the United States for foreign nationals of all nationalities, including Brazilians, who were present in Brazil within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States.  This policy, made by Presidential Proclamation and which is intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, now enters into effect 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 26, 2020. 
 

SEVP Issues Revised Covid-19-Related FAQs (Again)
May 14th, 2020
SEVP, the Department of Homeland Security sub-agency responsible for managing F-1 student record compliance, has revised some of its Covid-19-related guidance in the form of an updated FAQ document. The updated document can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf

Clarification on Financial Assistance to International Students

May 8th, 2020

This week the ISSO sent a message to International students regarding Clarification on Financial Assistance


ISSO Releases Recording of April's Virtual Town Hall Event
May 5th, 2020
On April 27th, 2020, the ISSO held a Virtual Town Hall event to answer some common international students' questions and address concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and implications for visa and immigration matters. Students who missed the event can watch a recording here: ISSO Spring 2020 Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall [captioned YouTube video can be found here].
 
Note: the Covid-19 situation is rapidly changing; advice given on April 27th may no longer apply. Students are encouraged to review our Covid-19 FAQs for updates to specific issues. 

SEVP Issues Revised Covid-19-Related FAQs
April 30th, 2020
SEVP, the Department of Homeland Security sub-agency responsible for managing F-1 student record compliance, has revised some of its Covid-19-related guidance in the form of an updated FAQ document. The updated document can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf

Two Resources Pertaining to Stimulus Checks/Unemployment Benefits & the Federal Public Charge Rule
April 17th, 2020
The laws and regulations at the intersection of visa and tax & benefits constitute a complex and grey area, but the ISSO offers up the following resources for students wondering about stimulus checks, unemployment, and other forms of aid coming directly or indirectly from the US Federal or state governments:
  1. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center (for students or scholars with questions about Economic Impact Payments authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)
  2.  https://law-cornell.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=2bfa541c-5057-4062-8bcf-ab9c012856a5 (a recording from Cornell University Law School titled, "Immigrants, Public Benefits, and COVID-19" for those wondering whether or not accepting benefits may lead to visa and immigration issues in the future; slides can be found here.)

Note: the ISSO urges all students to consult with an immigration attorney before applying for or accepting government benefits.


ISSO Issues a Message to UNC Charlotte Faculty Re: International Student and Scholar Concerns
April 10th, 2020
The ISSO has created an updated resource document for UNC-Charlotte faculty and staff. The document includes travel-related updates, considerations for teaching international students, and more. The resource can be viewed here: ISSO's Latest Message

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) New Resource Page
March 25th, 2020
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has created a new webpage for F-1 students and schools sponsoring F-1 students. UNC-Charlotte students on the F-1 visa program can access the new resource here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/2825873

US Department of State New Resource Page
March 23rd, 2020
The US Department of State has created a new webpage for J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Participants. UNC-Charlotte students or scholars participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program can access the new resource here: https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/

US Department of State Suspension of Visa Services in Countries with Travel Warnings
March 19th, 2020
The US Department of State has suspended routine visa services at embassies and consulates in countries with travel warnings 2-4. Read more about the suspension of services here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/suspension-of-routine-visa-services.html

The ISSO Issues a Message to Students Regarding Travel
March 17th, 2020
The ISSO issued a message to students regarding the decision to travel home or stay put in the US in light of the evolving Coronavirus situation. The message can be accessed here: https://isso.uncc.edu/sites/isso.uncc.edu/files/media/2020-03-17_UNC%20Charlotte%20Mail%20-%20Travel%20considerations.pdf

The ISSO Issues a Message to Students Regarding a Transition to Remote Operations
March 16th, 2020

The ISSO issued a message to students regarding updates to our operations to practice social distancing and follow university guidance. The message can be accessed at the following link, though students should check the ISSO mainpage for the latest Advising Hours and contact information: https://isso.uncc.edu/sites/isso.uncc.edu/files/media/2020-03-17_UNC%20Charlotte%20Mail%20-%20ISSO%20-%20phone%20advising%20option%2C%20processing%20times.pdf


The ISSO Issues a Message to Students Regarding Self Care Tips
March 16th, 2020

The ISSO issued a message to students which included tips for self-care during this unprecedented period of Coronavirus. The message included practical tips about exercise, accessing nutrituous food through the Jamil Niner Food Pantry, and more. A copy of the message can be found here: https://isso.uncc.edu/sites/isso.uncc.edu/files/media/2020-03-16_UNC%20Charlotte%20Mail%20-%20self%20care%20tips%20-%20social%20connections%2C%20exercise%2C%20food%20pantry%2C%20credible%20news.pdf


US Department of Homeland Security Updates Travel Bans to Include the United Kingdom & Ireland
March 16th, 2020 
The US Department of Homeland Security updated its previous proclamations prohibiting travel from the 26-member nation Schengen Area of Europe to include the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. More information can found here: https://isso.uncc.edu/sites/isso.uncc.edu/files/media/Coronavirus%20for%20website%203.11_0.pdf. Additionally, information can always be found at the US Department of Homeland Security's Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Read previous updates and information here, in our Archives