COVID-19 and Planning for Spring 2022

Coursework on the Oxford campus will be primarily face-to-face. The Regional campuses located in Hamilton and Middletown will offer its traditional modality of offering in-person and online courses to students depending on their program of study. Students may review semester course options and availability in the Course List. Students are encouraged to utilize the delivery type filter to review course modalities.

Enrollment Requirements

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has issued this guidance regarding online enrollment for Spring 2022:

With the return to in-person instruction, traditional enrollment requirements for F-1 & J-1 students will resume.

  • Students who held and have maintained active F-1 or J-1 status since March 9, 2020 are eligible to enroll in a fully online schedule for Spring 2022 and maintain legal status.
  • Students who have started or resumed active F-1 or J-1 status after March 9, 2020 are required to enroll in at least one or more in-person courses in Spring 2022 in order to achieve or maintain legal status.

Courses coded as in-person or hybrid may meet the in-person requirement depending on their primary mode of instruction. ISSS defines coursework as meeting the in-person requirement of regulations when the course meets partially (at least 50% of the time) or fully (100%) in person. Courses that meet primarily online (60% or more) do not meet the in-person requirement. Students are encouraged to check with ISSS or academic advising if their hybrid coursework is sufficiently in-person. This information is not available to students in the Course List.

Full-Time Enrollment

  • Undergraduates: 12 credits
  • Graduates: 9 credits

Vaccine Information

See Miami’s COVID-19 Vaccine web page for information about:

  • Miami’s COVID-19 vaccination policy
  • Links to either submit your proof of vaccination or request an exemption
  • Information about how to get vaccinated in the U.S.

See International Student and Scholars Services’ Travel Warnings and Updates web page for information about vaccine-related requirements in regard to travel to the U.S.

Traveling to the U.S.

Documents

Passport

Must be valid for at least six months into the future upon entry date

Two passports


Visa

A U.S. visa with blank fields

Current & Returning Miami Students

  • Visa is valid unless expired – your duration of time outside the U.S. does not impact your visa validity
  • If your visa has expired and you are outside the U.S., you must renew your visa in order to travel to the U.S. At this time, visa appointment availability varies depending on country. Review current appointment wait times for your U.S. embassy or Consulate. However, the U.S. Department of State announced that they are temporarily expanding the ability of U.S. embassies and consulates to waive the in-person interview requirement provided that the visa expired within the past 48 months or less.
  • If your visa has expired and you are inside the U.S., please note that it is not possible to renew your visa from inside the U.S. A valid visa is only necessary for entry to the U.S. It is not proof of your legal status and may expire while you are in the U.S.

New Students

  • Review steps on How to Apply for a Visa. Students in countries in which visa appointments are limited should actively monitor availability.

I-20/DS-2019

Active F-1 or J-1 Students: Check to see if you have a valid travel signature issued no earlier than February 2021 on the second page (I-20) or first page (DS-2019) of your document. If not, request a travel signature through InterLink.

New to the U.S.: Check the first page of your I-20 or DS-2019 to verify you have a January 2022 program start date. If not, follow these instructions to request your Spring 2022 I-20 through InterLink.

Returning Students: A returning student is defined as a student who is re-enrolling at Miami University after a leave of absence, withdrawal, or suspension. Follow these instructions to request your Spring 2022 I-20 through InterLink.

ISSS will be issuing I-20s via email as a PDF attachment. Please carefully check your attached document and let us know if you have any concerns. You will need to print your I-20 and sign after receipt. Please note government agencies will not accept an electronic version of the document on your device. You will need to print your I-20 and sign after receipt. Please note government agencies will not accept an electronic version of the document on your device.


Other documents that may be helpful to carry when entering the U.S. include:

  • Evidence of financial support
  • SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • Admission letter from Miami University (new students), transcript (current students), or Spring 2022 class schedule
  • Contact Information

Travel Logistics

Do your best to arrange your travel to ensure you are able to attend coursework in-person when spring semester starts on January 24, 2022 by considering these restrictions and guidelines:

  • Travel Restrictions: Review this information before making travel plans.
  • COVID-19 Testing requirement: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires that all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from abroad complete COVID-19 testing no more than three days before flight departure and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding the flight. Unvaccinated travelers who qualify for limited vaccination-requirement exceptions must provide a negative result from a test taken no more than one day before flight departure.
  • International Travel Guidelines: Students planning winter break travel may require COVID-19 travel screening. Students have the following options:
    • Call Student Health Service at 513-529-3000 to schedule asymptomatic COVID travel screening. Be sure to indicate what type of test is needed for travel.
    • Obtain a PCR test at the McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital drive thru. Call 513-529-3000 and select option 4.

ISSS Support

ISSS advisors will continue to offer a combination of in-person and remote support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment

I’m not sure I will be able to return to the U.S. for Spring 2022. What do I do?

If you are unsure of your plans, we encourage you to enroll in a course schedule that allows flexibility such as at least one in-person course and online coursework. If you realize that you will be unable to travel to the U.S., you may webdrop in-person coursework before the spring semester starts.

Can I enroll in coursework and remain outside the U.S.?

Yes, you may enroll in online coursework if available and complete coursework from outside the U.S. However, it may not be possible to maintain F-1 or J-1 status. See enrollment requirements above.

Travel

Can ISSS help me get a visa or visa appointment?

You must work directly with the U.S. consulate or embassy to secure a visa appointment and work through the adjudication process. Because visa issuance is at the discretion of the Department of State, ISSS is not able to influence U.S. embassies or consulates to expedite visa processing times.