COVID-19 Updates

For International Students, Visiting Scholars and Students Studying Abroad

For additional information and campus-wide updates on the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.mst.edu.

International Students,

The fall semester at Missouri S&T will begin Monday, August 24, with new practices in place to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19. To review the most up to date coronavirus information, please visit this site regularly: https://coronavirus.mst.edu/

 As students prepare to return to campus, please be aware of the following requirements:

  •  Anyone arriving from an international destination will be required to quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus.
  • Anyone arriving from a U.S. location (outside of Rolla) will be required to quarantine for 7 days before coming to campus.

Please do not come to campus until your quarantine period has ended. It is also highly recommended that you limit your movement within the Rolla community during your quarantine period. Prior to arrival in Rolla, each student will be required to email the Health Safety Officer at COVID@mst.edu letting them know your anticipated arrival date to Rolla.  You will then be given more detailed guidance.

When preparing for your return to campus, please bring the following items:

  • 3 to 5 reusable cloth face coverings, which will be required to be worn in classrooms, labs, and common areas or when social distancing is not possible – additional details are available here.
  •  Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer

While the fall semester will begin with in-person classes, the situation will be monitored closely to prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff. As we have seen in the past several months, the situation is volatile and can change quickly. Please also bring equipment to work remotely, should classes need to be moved online during fall semester.

Please feel free to reach out to the Office of International Affairs at ia@mst.edu or Student Health Services at mstshs@mst.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus!

Best regards,

Office of International Affairs

Office of International Affairs
103 Norwood Hall, 320 W. 12th Street
573.341.4208
ia@mst.edu | international.mst.edu

Current International Students

As Missouri S&T prepares for the fall semester to begin on Monday, August 24, new practices will be in place to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19. To help the campus best plan and prepare for the return of students, we are asking our current international students to complete a short survey about your upcoming travel and housing plans. If you have not already completed this survey, please take a few moments to anger the survey questions.

We realize that travel plans, especially internationally, remain in flux as policies continually change, but please complete the survey based on your current plans. If your plans change, please submit an updated survey.

International Students and Scholars,

On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation which took effect at 12:01am EDT on June 24, and will be in place through December 31, 2020.

 Fortunately, the following categories of students are not affected by the Proclamation:
  • F-1 students and those on OPT or STEM OPT
  • J-1 students and those on academic training
  • J-1 research scholars, professors, interns, and short-term scholars
  • H-1B/L-1 visa holders physically present in the U.S
  • H-1B/L-1 visa holders already in possession of a valid visa
  • TN, B-1, E-3, O-1 and other temporary work visa holders
  • Any U.S. lawful permanent resident
  • Spouses and children of U.S. citizens
Who is affected?

It will restrict the entry of certain foreign nationals on new H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1, L-2, and certain J-1 visa holders who are currently outside the U.S. and do not have a visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation.

At this time, it is unclear how the Proclamation will impact the adjudication of current or future H-1B cases.

Missouri S&T international students and scholars planning to travel outside the U.S. should consult with the Office of International Affairs before finalizing travel plans. Additional information about this and other immigration-related topics are available on the NAFSA website.

Our office will continue to monitor immigration-related proclamations and other U.S. government decisions closely and send updates as new information becomes available.

 Please email ia@mast.edu or call (573) 341-4208 with questions.

For our students studying abroad, we have put together a special guide on the steps to take if you plan to return home, and what to do afterwards. It is important to follow this guide to ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of those around you. Please visit the following page for this important information.

COVID-19 and Studying Abroad

International students  can now schedule advising appointments with staff members of International Affairs through S&T Connect.

Learn More

During these stressful times, when many are dealing with heightened fear and anxiety, I urge each of you to be kind to one another and to remember that Missouri S&T is a diverse and welcoming community that values inclusion, integrity and global engagement. COVID-19 is showing us all that it doesn’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity. No one is immune from this virus. Read more. 

It is recommended that international students wishing to leave the U.S. contact their country’s embassy or consulate for guidance regarding travel. International students who have decided to travel home will need to get their I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel by their International Student Advisor. Please complete the Travel Request Form and email it to ia@mst.edu.   

 For exchange visitors, it is also recommended that you proactively reach out to your respective embassy or consulate if you are unable to book a return flight home.

 A growing number of embassies are posting special communications on their websites and social media for their exchange visitors and students.  

 If you depart the U.S., please note the U.S. federal government may issue entry restrictions at any time. These entry restrictions could impact your plans to return to the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions

The current guidance we have received from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) is, once a school returns to normal operations, if students cannot or choose not to return to the United States to study, their immigration advisor should terminate their immigration record. Since Missouri S&T plans to resume on-campus classes during the fall semester, this means you cannot maintain your F-1 status if you enroll as a distance student. This guidance was provided on June 4, 2020 and there is the possibility it will be updated before the start of the fall semester.

However, you do still have the option to enroll as a distance student for fall semester. You can do an authorized early withdraw. This would terminate your current F-1 status, but would not negatively impact your reinstatement when you decided to return to on-campus classes.

If you did authorized early withdraw, you could enroll in the fall as a distance student. When you were ready to return to campus for Spring 2021, you would need to go through the process of being issued a new I-20 and applying for a new visa. Upon successfully securing a visa, you could return to campus as an F-1 student.

Our office can only advise you of the impact this will have on your immigration status. Students are encouraged to contact Enrollment Management at enrollment@mst.edu and Graduate Studies (if applicable) at grad@mst.edu to discuss your residency credits. Global Learning can also provide you information on enrolling as a distance student, so feel free to contact them at global@mst.edu.  

If you would like more information about the option of authorized early withdraw, please contact International Affairs at ia@mst.edu. We will be happy to discuss this option with you, but would not recommend making changes to your immigration status until closer to the start of fall semester, since the guidance from USCIS may be updated.  

It is recommended that international students wishing to leave the U.S. contact your country’s embassy or consulate for guidance regarding travel. International students who have decided to travel home will need to get their I-20 signed for travel by their International Student Advisor.  

International Students wishing to depart the U.S. will need to complete the Travel Request Form. Signatures from Academic Advisors are being waived, given the current circumstance, but the rest of the form should be completed. The Travel Request Form should be emailed to ia@mst.edu. Documents can be shipped to you, prior to returning to the U.S., if needed.

The travel authorization signature on your I-20 is valid for 12 months. 

If your visa has expired, you must request a new visa before you reenter the U.S. Detailed information about the visa process can be found on the student visa website.

Information on the student health insurance plan is available on the Aetna website. You can also contact iainsure@mst.edu or (573) 341-6875 with questions.

Sponsored students can contact Sponsored Student Services at iasss@mst.edu or (573)341-6015 for continued support.

Email ia@mst.edu and an International Student Advisor will assist you or call the Office of International Affairs at 573-341-4208.

Under current conditions, if an Active F-1 student leaves the United States to complete the spring term online, their SEVIS record should remain in Active status and not be terminated. While the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place, students are deemed to be maintaining Active status if they are making normal progress toward the academic program listed on the Form I-20. For that reason, the five-month temporary absence provision addressed in 8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(4) will not apply for students who remain in Active status.

If you have questions that are not answered above, please email ia@mst.edu or call (573) 341-4208. 

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