International Admissions & Enrollment Options
Deadline to notify ISAP of your plans: JULY 20th
UWG will resume Fall semester, on-campus instruction, Wednesday, August 12th. Late arrival after the 1st week of class, also known as "drop-add" week will not be permitted. UWG will implement significant health and safety measures across campus as detailed on the "campus re-opening" tab below.
As factors for the shut-down are global in nature, international students have a unique set of issues to consider: location, personal circumstances and concerns, as well as admission and visa status. In order to provide the best guidance possible, please review the scenarios below and respond to the email you will receive about this topic. Please let us know your plans by JULY 20th.
Thank you and be well.
~ The ISAP Team at UWG
Continuing and Transfer International Students
You are in this category if you:
- already have an F1 student visa and are in "active" status.
- will continue at UWG, and you stayed or departed the U.S. during the shut-down.
- will transfer to UWG, and you stayed or departed the U.S. during the shut-down.
1. Continuing Students Who Stayed in the U.S.
- Enroll full-time for Fall 2020 as usual, regardless of visa expiration date.
- Option: Leave the U.S. and take a leave-of-absence. See #5 below.
2. Continuing Students Returning to U.S. with Expired Visa
- You must obtain a valid visa to re-enter the U.S even if your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 are valid. However, U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed at this time.
- Option: if you are currently in "active" status, most visa renewals can be done electronically without a visa appointment. Please contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate about this process.
- If a visa renewal is not possible in time to plan your return travel to the U.S. for Fall 2020, please consider option #4 or #5 below.
ALSO BE AWARE:
- TRAVEL BANS: If you are from the European Union, the UK, Ireland, Brazil and China, you will not be able to travel to the U.S. until those bans are lifted, regardless of visa status.
- QUARANTINE: You may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S. At the current time, UWG cannot provide early access to campus housing or facilities for self-quarantine. For guidance, please see this CDC link for recommended and required quarantines.
3. Transfer Students Already in the U.S. With an F1 Visa
- If you will be transferring to UWG this Fall from another U.S. institution, it's okay if your visa has expired, as long has your status is "active" and your SEVIS record is property transferred.
- Complet online international check-in and orientation by: Tuesday, August 11th.
- If you decide to defer your start date at UWG until a future semester, please let us know as soon as possible. You cannot simply arrive late to campus after the 1st week.
- No fee to defer admission; however you must enroll full-time somewhere in order to maintain status.
4. Continuing Students: Online Study Option, Fall 2020
Under this option, remain outside the U.S, enroll in UWG online courses only, and return to campus for Spring semester in January 2021.
- Full-time online enrollment - allows you to maintain status. ISAP verifies enrollment periodically.
- In response to ICE guidance July 2020, SEVP has made a modification of temporary exemptions
for non-immigrant students taking online courses during Fall 2020 Semester. "Nonimmigrant
F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online
and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. " This does NOT mean that if you are in the U.S. that you can take ALL online classes. That is a violation.
- For more information on this ICE Guidance please see the following link: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during
- In response to ICE guidance July 2020, SEVP has made a modification of temporary exemptions for non-immigrant students taking online courses during Fall 2020 Semester. "Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. " This does NOT mean that if you are in the U.S. that you can take ALL online classes. That is a violation.
- Part-time online enrollment - optional, but requires termination of status for "approved early withdrawal". *see option #5 below .
- No visa is needed to enroll online if you remain outside the U.S.
- Online tuition and fees are lower since you are not using most campus services.
- Provides more time for visa renewal, if needed, prior to Spring semester, 2021.
- Deadline: update application by July 20th.
5. Temporary Withdrawal Option, Fall 2020
Under this option, withdraw from UWG and remain outside the U.S.
- "Approved Early Withdrawal" allows you to be outside the U.S. up to 5 months. If you return to the U.S. within 5 months of departure, we can request "reactivation" of your status.
- If you are outside the U.S. more than 5 months from the date of departure, we cannot reactivate your status, regardless of approved withdrawal reason. You would need a new I-20 to re-enter and your 1-year lawful presence, which is required for CPT and OPT, would re-start.
- You can take online courses from home if you wish. No visa is needed.
- Submit a Withdrawal Request for termination of status based on "approved early withdrawal”.
- Contact ISAP at least 8 weeks prior to re-entry so we can request "reactivation". It's not automatic or immediate.
- See "Reactivation" under Current Students > Maintaining Status > Fixing Terminated Status > III. Reactivation.
New International Students
You are in this category if:
- You were admitted to UWG and we shipped an "initial" I-20 or DS-2019 to your home country address.
- This will be your 1st time in the U.S. as an international student.
- You started a new student application from outside the U.S. and you are still interested in UWG.
1. Request Emergency Visa Processing
We have heard of very imited success from students who request "emergency visa processihg". However, information is inconsistent and unclear. To try this option, contact the US Embassy or Consulate nearest your home, or visit their website.
- Outcomes of these requests are unknown to ISAP and we cannot make the request for you.
- If you cannot obtain a visa by August 1st, in time to travel to UWG for check-in and orientation, please consider option #2 or #3 below.
ALSO BE AWARE:
Even if you get a visa at the last minute, you may be subject to the following:
- TRAVEL BANS: If you are from the European Union, the UK, Ireland, China or Brazil, you will not be able to travel to the U.S. until those bans are lifted, regardless of visa status.
- QUARANTINES: You may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S. At the current time, UWG cannot provide early access to campus housing or facilities for self-quarantine. For guidance, please see this CDC link for recommended and required quarantines.
2. Choose an Online Study Option, Fall 2020
Under this option, stay in your home country and begin your UWG courses online only. Then, transfer to campus in January 2021 for Spring Semester.
- Online tuition and fees are lower cost since you are not using most campus services.
- No visa is required to enroll online
- Provides more time to obtain a visa prior to U.S. entry for Spring Semester, January 2021.
- Deadline to Update Application from On-Campus to Online: July 20th
3. Defer (Postpone) Application To Future Term
Under this option, you can stay in your home country and plan to begin your degree in January or August 2021. Applications submitted after August 11th, 2020 will require additional test scores.
- Your UWG application will remain test-optional if you submit a completed application by August 11th, 2020. (Test Optional = not required to submit SAT / ACT / GRE / GMAT score for admission consideration. In addition, DuoLingo English Test will continue to be accepted in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS, unless you are from an ESL - exempt country.)
- Free deferral of start semester to Spring or Fall 2021
- No need to re-apply.
- Additional 5-12 months to work and save money at home
- Provides more time to complete and submit your application if you have not submitted it yet. Note: applications that are still incomplete after August 11th, 2020 will again require SAT or ACT scores to be considered "complete".
- Allows time for U.S. Embassies and Consulates to resume normal operations and catch up on backlogged visa appointments.
- Deadline to Defer Current Admission: July 20th
- Deadline to Submit New Application for Test Waiver: August 11th.