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The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (F-1) and Department of State (J-1) have provided enrollment flexibilities since March 2020 which have permitted students to take online (including hybrid) courses in excess of what the regulations normally allow. Starting in summer 2022, however, university operations returned to normal, so all students must once again meet normal enrollment requirements and register for courses accordingly. Under normal enrollment requirements, students may take no more than one online (including hybrid) course per term in order to meet the minimum full-time enrollment requirement. What does that mean for you?

  1. If you will begin a new program in fall or continue your current program in fall, you must comply with this requirement.
  2. Students completing their programs this fall who do not maintain continuity of their SEVIS record inside the U.S. will lose eligibility for F-1 Optional Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training.
  3. If approved for a Reduced Course Load for your final semester in fall, you are required to comply with this requirement. Of your remaining courses required for program completion, you may only take one online (including hybrid) course. If you only have one course remaining in your program, you must take that course in-person.
  4. Once you have fulfilled the normal full-time enrollment requirement for your program, you may take additional online (including hybrid) courses over and above the full-time threshold.
  5. You should expect to follow normal enrollment requirements for the remainder of your degree program.

Students in F-1 status or J-1 status who have been studying or conducting research outside the U.S. must return to campus for in-person courses or research this fall in order to maintain their F-1 or J-1 student status unless specifically approved by their school for a formal study away program. If you will complete your program from abroad, please notify us by email so we can end your F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record. If summer was a break for your program and enrollment was not required, you must return to the U.S. by the start of fall 2022 or your F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record will terminate.

Check-in Reminder

New students must check in immediately after arrival and not later than 30 days from the beginning of your program to avoid potential immigration problems. Students who transferred their visa status to JHU to begin a new program or who are beginning a second degree program at JHU are also required to check in no later than 30 days after the start of their program. Refer to the check-in email sent separately for instructions.

If you have any questions about enrollment requirements, please reach out to an OIS advisor by email at ois@jhu.edu.

Sincerely,

Office of International Services

The following message was emailed to current and continuing international students on 05/27/2022

Dear New and Continuing International Students:

We hope everyone had a successful spring and is now ready for summer. Special congratulations to Spring 2022 graduates and all Summer and Fall 2022 newly admitted students!

Staff in OIS have been very hard at work throughout the long spring rush, and the frenetic pace continues through September. Please continue to be kind and patient with them. Our lean and dedicated team, which welcomed five new members just this spring, is truly doing their best to serve all of you!

We have made adjustments to our summer operations in an effort to best manage the high demand. For fastest possible service, please observe the following:

  • Regular summer phone hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Advisors are also available by phone each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • For general information, we encourage you to review our extensive website resources at ois.jhu.edu.
  • For a majority of questions, we strongly encourage you to email ois@jhu.edu with your inquiry so that advisors may properly review and research the issue before responding.
  • If you submitted an eForm request, wait 10 business days for processing before inquiring, after which you may email us at ois@jhu.edu. We cannot respond to case status inquiries by phone.

We understand you rely on us for answers to many questions, and we are committed to maintaining our very high standards in providing you excellent individualized guidance. At this time of year, it may take us a little longer to respond, but we will respond. Making multiple requests by both phone and email will slow down response times for everyone; kindly refrain from doing so. Thank you for your consideration, and have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Office of International Services

Student Well-being’s latest blog post includes a collection of mental health and student services resources as well as coping strategies for students who have been affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. You can access the blog by visiting https://wellbeing.jhu.edu/well-being-resources-for-students-affected-by-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/

Dear JHU International Students, Scholars, Faculty, and Staff:

The White House has implemented significant changes to COVID travel requirements, effective November 8, 2021. It has revoked all country-specific travel restrictions and implemented a new COVID vaccination requirement for all nonimmigrants. Please visit the OIS COVID-19 Immigration-Related FAQs and thoroughly review the “General” section to understand the new COVID-related requirements for entering the U.S.

As always, please consult an advisor in OIS in advance of all international travel by emailing ois@jhu.edu or by calling 667-208-7001 during telephone advising hours.

Sincerely,

The Office of International Services

The following message was emailed to new and continuing international students on 8/26/21.

Welcome to Fall 2021. We hope you are prepared for the start of the term.

For the past 17 months, the Office of International Services (OIS) has operated fully virtually to serve your immigration, visa, and travel needs by providing guidance, issuing required documentation, and fulfilling government reporting requirements. We have learned a lot about how we serve you and how we can serve you even better in the future.


In short, we will continue to provide you with services and guidance in a fully virtual setting going forward as we are now working off-site permanently. For advising questions, you may email us anytime at ois@jhu.edu, or call 667-208-7001 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm Eastern Time to speak with an advisor. You may submit requests via our iHopkins system, as well as review the extensive immigration information available on our website, which we work to improve every day.

Working remotely throughout the pandemic allowed us to focus on phone and email advising, and in doing so, we learned we could serve more students faster on average, regardless of their location in the world, while maintaining our high standards for providing competent, thorough guidance. By serving everyone remotely, we have established equity in service levels to students regardless of location, particularly in locations at which we did not have an office open on a full-time basis. We were able to decrease average email response times and significantly increase our individualized advising hours. Virtual advising also enables us to add additional advising call support immediately during peak times, something we could not easily do at all of our locations. And we hope you enjoy the ability to reach us from anywhere, without the need to visit a physical OIS location when it is too hot or cold or rainy or snowy outside!

We remain dedicated to providing you with the best immigration, visa, and travel guidance available anywhere, and look forward to serving you this academic year and beyond. We wish you a successful fall semester.

Sincerely,

The Office of International Services Staff