COVID-19 update for international students

Dear F-1 and J-1 International Students,

In my message to you yesterday, I referenced current guidance we had from the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). We received additional guidance  from SEVP this morning. Your F-1 or J-1  student visa immigration document can remain active if you continue full-time  enrollment or have an approved ISS Reduced Course Load (RCL). This applies if you remain in the U.S. or choose to  leave the country and remain outside of the U.S. for the remainder of the semester.

I know that you are receiving frequent communications with COVID-19 updates. ISS will try to limit the number of emails we send to you and continue to  update the ISS website as soon as additional information becomes available. Continue to check the UW COVID-19 website for the most current information and actions campus is taking.

You are a valued member of our  campus community, and we are here to support you. I encourage you to reach out to University Health Services, Dean of Students Office, or ISS staff with any questions or concerns. ISS will remain open during spring break and is available for online services through your Terra  Dotta portal. We are also available by email at

The Parent and Family Program is sending occasional updates to  undergraduate  student parent and family contacts. They post these updates at I encourage you to share this link as well as with your contacts so that they have the latest information as well.

In support,

Samantha McCabe

Interim Assistant Dean/Director