ISSS COVID-19 INFO

Welcome to the COVID-19 page for ISSS!

Here is where you can find information from ISSS regarding office changes due to COVID-19, institutional information about COVID-19, and the impact of COVID-19 on your immigration status.

This page was lasted updated on: March 03, 2021

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Rensselaer Information

All information from Rensselaer regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available here: covid19.rpi.edu. This website is a way for you to remain informed about campus-wide decisions and information. 

You can view all campus-wide communications here: covid19.rpi.edu/communications 

You can view the return-to-campus planning website here: covid19.rpi.edu/return-to-campus#

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Services

As Rensselaer moved to telework on March 18, 2020, all ISSS services are now online.

Please expand each section below to view information by selecting the + sign.

How to Reach ISSS

You can contact ISSS via email, phone, or virtual advising appointment.

If your question does not require an appointment, you can send your inquiry via email to ISSSoffice@rpi.edu. We aim to reply to all messages within 1-2 business days.

Virtual Advising

ISSS has moved all advising online. You are able to schedule a 15 minute meeting with an ISSS advisor during our Open Hours every weekday, Monday-Friday.

Schedule a Virtual Advising appointment here: https://go.oncehub.com/RPIISSSOffice

Appointments will be held using the WebEx platform. Within one business day after you schedule an appointment, the advisor will send you a calendar invitation with a link to access the meeting.

Submitting Documents to ISSS

To submit forms and other documentation to ISSS, please send them via email to the ISSS office at ISSSoffice@rpi.edu

Your documents should be scanned by a scanner or mobile app. These scans must be clear and easy to read. For some free mobile scanning apps, see this Wirecutter article: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-mobile-scanning-apps/

ISSS has developed a digital signature policy for use during COVID-19. Please review our policy here: https://info.rpi.edu/isss/isss-forms/#ISSSFormPolicy

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Spring 2021 Information

The Fall 2020 guidance (issued August 7, 2020) has been extended into the Spring 2021 semester, per confirmation from our SEVP Field Representative.

Emails were sent to students in December 2020 to explain how the Federal Guidance intersects with the RPI 2020 Return-to Campus plan, and impacts international students. The messages are available in the below Communications section.

Recordings of the ISSS Town Halls are available below:

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Communications

ISSS has been in regular communication with students via email to provide updates and information on COVID-19 and your immigration status. We post all email messages to this website as a quick reference for students, alumni, and their families.

Please expand each section below to view the messages by selecting the + sign.

ISSS COVID-19 Update Messages: March 2021

March 03, 2021: Immigration Reminder Message

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of March 3rd by International Services for Students and Scholars.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/reminder-message-2021-03-03

ISSS COVID-19 Update Messages: December 2020

December 15, 2020: Update to Spring SEVP Guidance

A message to F-1 visa holders was sent in the afternoon of December 15th by International Services for Students and Scholars.

ISSS COVID-19 Update Messages: July 2020

July 28, 2020: Update to Fall SEVP Guidance #4

A message to F-1 visa holders was sent in the afternoon of July 28th by International Services for Students and Scholars.

July 24, 2020: Update to Fall SEVP Guidance #3

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of July 24th by International Services for Students and Scholars.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/SEVP-guidance-update-03

July 24, 2020: Update to Fall SEVP Guidance #3

A message to F-1 visa holders (new freshmen and new graduate students) was sent in the afternoon of July 24th by International Services for Students and Scholars.

Please see the message content at this link: https://mailchi.mp/818681dff652/isss-update-to-fall-sevp-guidance

July 16, 2020: Update to Fall SEVP Guidance #2

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of July 16th by International Services for Students and Scholars.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/SEVP-guidance-update-02

July 16, 2020: Pending Update to Fall SEVP Guidance & Town Hall Details - Incoming Graduate Students

A message to F-1 visa holders (new graduate students) was sent in the afternoon of July 16th by International Services for Students and Scholars with information regarding the federal guidance and upcoming Town Hall meeting.

Please see the message content at this link: https://mailchi.mp/baf847709598/important-isss-update-regarding-sevp-guidance-gr

July 14, 2020: Pending Update to Fall SEVP Guidance

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of July 14th by International Services for Students and Scholars.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/SEVP-guidance-update-01

July 14, 2020: Town Hall Details - Freshmen

A message to F-1 visa holders (new undergraduate students and parents) was sent in the afternoon of July 14th by International Services for Students and Scholars with information regarding the upcoming Town Hall meeting.

Please see the message content at this link: https://mailchi.mp/2761b4699767/isss-town-hall-details

July 13, 2020: Town Hall Details - Current Students

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of July 13th by International Services for Students and Scholars with information regarding the upcoming Town Hall meetings.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/ISSS-town-hall

July 13, 2020: Fall 2020 International Students: Message from ISSS

Revised messages were sent by International Services for Students and Scholars to student groups by cohort.

Graduate students and freshman were not sent new messages, as there were no changes to those cohort groups.

July 10, 2020: Fall 2020 International Students: Message from ISSS

Messages were sent by International Services for Students and Scholars to student groups by class.

July 07, 2020: Fall 2020 International Students: Message from ISSS Director

A message to F-1 visa holders (new undergraduate students and parents) was sent in the afternoon of July 7th by International Services for Students and Scholars Director Mary Nellis.

Please see the message content at this link: http://mailchi.mp/030f89d3a3da/isss-newstudent-fa20-update1

July 02, 2020: Fall 2020 International Students: Message from ISSS Director

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of July 7th by International Services for Students and Scholars Director Mary Nellis.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/FA20-ISSS-Update-1

July 02, 2020: Fall 2020 International Students: Message from ISSS Director

A message to F-1 visa holders (new undergraduate students and parents) was sent in the morning of July 2nd by International Services for Students and Scholars Director Mary Nellis.

Please see the message content at this link: http://mailchi.mp/371dfa4a6e77/fa20-new-student-message-from-isss-director

July 02, 2020: Fall 2020 International Students: Message from ISSS Director

A message to F-1 visa holders (new graduate students) was sent in the morning of July 2nd by International Services for Students and Scholars Director Mary Nellis.

Please see the message content at this link: http://mailchi.mp/214881134419/fa20-gr-new-student-message-from-isss-director

ISSS COVID-19 Update Messages: June 2020

June 17, 2020: Fall 2020 Campus Return: Message from ISSS Director

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17th by International Services for Students and Scholars Director Mary Nellis.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/COVID19-DirectorMessage-June

June 12, 2020: Incoming International Student Outreach and Support

A message to incoming F-1 international students was sent in the morning of Friday, June 12th by the Vice President for Student Life and the Director International Services for Students and Scholars.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/incoming-intl-outreach-support

June 10, 2020: COVID-19 Update #13 (Fall Updates - PLEASE READ)

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10th by International Services for Students and Scholars with an update regarding COVID-19 and student concerns.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/ISSS-COVID19update13

Town Hall link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2X6GBseysY&feature=youtu.be

June 5, 2020: International Students and Alumni Outreach and Support

A message to F-1 visa holders was sent in the morning of Friday, June 5th by the Vice President for Student Life and the Director International Services for Students and Scholars with an update regarding COVID-19 and student concerns.

Please see the message content at this link: https://mailchi.mp/rpi.edu/international-students-and-alumni-outreach-and-support

June 4, 2020: COVID-19 Update #12 (Advising, Immigration Information, Presidential Proclamation)

A message to F-1 visa holders (current students) was sent in the afternoon of Thursday, June 4th by International Services for Students and Scholars with an update regarding COVID-19 and student concerns.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/ISSS-COVID19update12students

June 4, 2020: COVID-19 Update #12 (Alumni Information #4)

A message to F-1 visa holders (alumni) was sent in the afternoon of Thursday, June 4th by Assistant Director Emilie Buse with an update regarding COVID-19 and student concerns.

Please see the message content at this link: https://rpi.box.com/v/ISSS-COVID19update12alumni