Back to Top
  • Weather Alert: All CSU Pueblo Campus Locations Closed on 10/26/2020


    In-person classes/activities will shift to remote, if possible, due to inclement weather.

International Students

Courses for Fall 2020 will be available for students in face-to-face, hybrid, and in fully online formats.

Each student’s situation is different, so it is important to inform a DSO of your plans for Fall semester.   

Please be aware that the information below maybe adjusted as guidance from SEVP, DHS, CDC and other agencies is provided. Updates will be shared with students as they become available. 

Travel Restrictions

Returning to the United States

  • Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States.
    • Refer to your local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance.
    • Consult the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.

Countries impacted by the COVID-19 travel restrictions to the U.S. 

  • The May 24 Presidential Proclamation updates previous travel restrictions. It suspends entry into the U.S. of all non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry to the U.S.
    • People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
    • Islamic Republic of Iran
    • Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).
    • United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe
    • Ireland
    • Brazil

    What if I cannot return in the Fall?

    Option 1 - Complete classes online from outside the U.S.

    We have many resources to help international students thrive in a fully-online environment. Please contact a DSO for more information about how this may impact your F-1 status.   

    Master Online Classes

    Option 2 - Request a Leave of Absence

    Students can request to take a semester off and stay outside the U.S. This means you would not be taking classes for Fall 2020 and would be staying outside the U.S.

    Students retuning within 5 months can have their status reinstated. Students staying outside the U.S. longer than 5 months will be issued a new I-20.

    In this case, students would have to pay the SEVIS fee again and possibly apply for a new visa in order to reenter the U.S. for Spring semester. Additionally, taking a leave of absence longer than 5 months may impact your eligibility for OPT. Please contact a DSO for more information.


    Can I travel to another country before traveling to the U.S.?

    If you plan to travel to another country before entering the U.S., be sure to review travel restrictions for that country before making travel plans. Many countries around the world have restricted travel to/from other countries, so be sure to review travel restrictions before you travel.

    Be aware that you must remain physically present outside of the country impacted by travel restrictions for 14 days or more before you will be allowed to enter the U.S. CSU Pueblo DSOs cannot advise on travel to countries other than the U.S.

    Make sure you do your research and understand any restrictions or requirements before traveling.


    I am currently in a country impacted by the travel restrictions. Can I provide a negative test result for COVID-19 to enter the U.S.?

    The U.S. government is not allowing exceptions at this time even for negative test results.


    My planned time outside the U.S. will be 5 months or more. Can I still return to the U.S.?

    Students who left the U.S. during spring 2020 will not be impacted by the 5 month rule if they stayed enrolled full-time in online coursework during spring 2020.


    How do I remain in legal F-1 Visa Status?

    There are requirements for international students to maintain legal F-1 visa status.  Below are links to more information about maintaining status:



    Designated School Officials (DSOs) are able to provide you with general guidance. However, any advice provided to you by a DSO, as well as the information on the website, information handouts and request forms, should not be construed as legal advice.  Additionally, due to unexpected changes in immigration law occurring during the pandemic, interpretation of these immigration laws/regulations may change at any time.

    We will do our best to provide you with the most current guidance, but you are responsible for knowing the laws that apply to your situation.  It is advised that you contact an experienced immigration attorney if you have questions regarding your situation.

U.S. Government Updates

Universities receive updates from the U.S. Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the Department of State (DOS). The U.S. government also makes these updates available to the public.

Visa Appointments

As of March 20, the U.S. Department of State announced they are temporarily suspending routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services.

They will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

Back to Top