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F-1 Travel issues

Hi everyone,

 
I hope this finds you doing well.  If you are considering traveling home, please let me know, and keep the following in mind:
  • In general, there is no change to F-1 travel rules. If you plan to be outside the U.S. for more than 5 months, but will remain enrolled in online classes full time, I can provide a letter for you to present to the airport CBP immigration official upon your return.
  • If you plan to return to your home country and/or take a leave of absence from PAU, please make an appointment to see me!
  • Any international or domestic travel should be taken with caution, and after checking for any developments of travel restrictions for both the country/area being travelled to, and where you are travelling from.
  • Concerns to consider:
    • The area you are travelling to could experience an outbreak and implement a quarantine, and you would not be able to leave that area until the quarantine is lifted.
    • New travel restrictions could be imposed on returning to the SF bay area.
    • Consider health insurance coverage at your destination – will you have insurance coverage in case you are sick?
    • Are you able to be flexible in case your travel in either direction is delayed – in coursework you may be enrolled in, or work you may be doing?
    • Consider purchasing flights or other parts of travel,that have flexible cancellation. The extent to which different airlines or other companies are reimbursing purchases varies tremendously.
 
It is looking like PAU staff will be strongly encouraged to work remotely for at least the remainder of the quarter. I am available via zoom, email and phone 650-433-3851 during my regular hours and more.  
 
Please take care, let me know about your questions/concerns, and know I'm here to support you.

 

 
 
 
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