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International Students

Message of Support for International Students - Rackham Graduate School

International and Undocumented Students - UM Vice President of  Communications

Message from the Chair of the Chemistry Department


Fall Term 2020:  New DHS Procedures
Effective Fall 2020 Term     ***NOTE:  This rule has been rescinded effective 7/14/20!

The U.S. government issued new guidance for F-1 students for the Fall 2020.  Our current understanding is as follows:

  • F-1 students must continue to maintain full-time enrollment but they may take more than 3 credits in an online format.
  • F-1 students may NOT elect their full course load in an online format, at least one course must be in-person or hybrid.
  • A research course (597, 990 or 995) can fulfill this requirement if it is conducted in-person and the course is coded as such (this is expected to be the case in Chemistry)
  • Students should keep documentation about in-person meetings and activity in case those are ever needed in the future.
  • If the University were to change to online only instruction mid-semester, F-1 students would have to leave the US.  This would only happen if the University sees this as absolutely necessary due to a severe COVID-19 occurrence in our community.

For further details, please see the International Center guidance.  



Effective: June 22, 2020 

J-1 scholars, physicians, and students and individuals on TN, E-3 or O-1 status are not included in the proclamation on 06/22/20.  

Individuals who are in the United States by 06/24/2020 are not affected by this latest travel ban. 

Individuals who hold a valid U.S. visa or “an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission” are not affected by this latest travel ban.  

Further exemptions are made for:·         

  • green card holders;·         
  • spouses or children of a U.S. citizen;·         
  • individuals seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain; and·         
  • individuals whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees. (e.g. those who “are involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized; are involved with the provision of medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19; or are necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States,”)


F & J Visa Holders From China
Effective date: June 1, 2020

  • This information is for international students from the People's Republic of China (PRC), not including Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau.
  • F and J visa holders will not be allowed to enter the country if they are from universities in support of PRC's "military-civil fusion strategy” and would like to do graduate studies in STEM-related subjects in the US. 
  • The specific Chinese universities impacted by this proclamation are not clear. However, the list appears to follow the 'risk' designation published by an international, non-partisan think tank:  Note: Almost all top universities are labeled "very high" if they have research funded labs from the Department of Defense in China. 
  • The suspension is not on students from military types of universities but may impact a wider applicant pool for graduate students. 
  • Fortunately, F and J students and scholars currently in the US are not presently affected. These visas are still valid and allow these students to remain in the US to complete their studies.  However, our current PhD students and Research Fellows should not travel back to China (to visit families, etc.) because of uncertainty in re-entry to the US. 
  • Students who apply to study in undergraduate programs in the US to get an F-1 visa are not affected. (only MS or PhD students are affected.) 
  • Students who did not receive their undergraduate degrees from Chinese Universities, who apply to our Graduate programs will not be affected. 
  • Incoming Research Fellows, Masters, and PhD students from mainland China with a F or J, more than likely, will not be admitted into the United States.  

Students who are concerned about traveling home or about their visa status should contact Brendan Locke (MS students) or Katie Foster (PhD students).

Additional Resources: 

International Center, CAPS