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Spring 2021 Updates

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test

On January 12, 2021, the United States's Center for Disease Control announced an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the United States from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation. This Order is effective as of 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021.

More information regarding this udpate is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Information regarding possible quarantine when you arrive in the United States/Chicago is available here: https://www.iit.edu/international-student-arrival

New Student Check-In

A warm welcome to all new international students and scholars for the Spring 2021 Semester, we are happy to have you with us whether you are studying on-site in Chicago, or virtually from your home country!.

All new international students who are arriving for the first time for the Spring 2021 semester MUST complete their check-in online, using the following Check-In form.

Required documents for new student check-in

  • Passport 
  • Visa stamp in passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019*
  • EAD Card (If Applicable)
  • Local Address in the U.S. 
  • Local Telephone Number in the U.S. 

*If you transferred from another U.S. institution, the International Center will also need to copy your previous school’s I-20/ DS-2019 form.

Once you have submitted the check-in form, please access your MyIIT portal and update your contact information and designate an emergency contact. You can update this information in your MyIIT portal in the academic tab under banner self service.

After you have completed the check-in form and updated your contact information, as listed above, please refer to the following "New International Student Checklist" for a list of the next steps.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the International Center at icenter@iit.edu.

Spring 2021 Student Advising Hours

For the Spring 2021 Semester, Student Advising will continue to take place via Zoom appointments only. There will not be any walk-ins for advising during our walk-in hours at this time.

The International Center is no longer accepting paper requests for CPT, OPT, STEM OPT, etc. All document requests must be submitted electronically to icenter@iit.edu.

Spring 2021 Registration Reminders

For the Spring 2021 semester, Illinois Tech will continue instructions using a hybrid model, with courses offered in formats that include in-person, remote and mixed instruction, which provides flexibility for international students on campus. Illinois Tech is working to ensure that international students will have in-person and hybrid options for their classes, which will allow our international students to stay and maintain legal status in the U.S. 

The Registrar’s office and advisors are working to ensure courses and sections aligned with the hybrid model and to assign in person classes to appropriately physically distanced spaces.  

Below are specific guidelines for how the new Department of Homeland Security guidance will affect new and current Illinois Tech students.  

New Students Outside of the United States:

  • All students that have been issued an I-20 or Ds-2019 by Illinois Tech may apply for an F-1 visa stamp at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.   Some embassies have begun phased resumption of routine visa services for students who wish to enter the United States.  More information is available here

  • Since Illinois Tech will be offering a mixture of in-person and online instruction this fall semester, i.e. a hybrid format, new students with an I-20 or Ds-2019 may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status to begin study at Illinois Tech. 

New and Current Students in the United States:

  • Current Students: the usual full-time enrollment requirement for F-1 & J-1 students still applies, but you may take more than one class or three credit hours online since Illinois Tech is offering a mixture of in-person and online instruction in response to COVID-19.

  • New Students: all new students who have just entered the U.S. this fall semester to start their program at Illinois Tech, must take at least one class in the in-person mode of instruction, and should only take the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in your degree program. Thus, if you have a choice between an in-person/mixed or online mode of instruction for a particular course, you should register for the in person or mixed option.

 Current Students Residing Outside of the United States:

  • Current Students: the usual full-time enrollment requirement for F-1 students still applies, but you may take more than one class or three credit hours online since Illinois Tech is offering a mixture of in-person and online instruction in response to COVID-19.   Since Illinois Tech will be offering courses in a mixture of in-person and online courses this semester, you may remain outside of the U.S. and still maintain your F-1 status, as long as you fulfill the minimum requirements for enrollment in your degree program. 

Determining Mode of Courses

The Registrar’s office has assigned codes to all Illinois Tech courses, which will allow students to determine whether or not a particular course is considered to be in-person, mixed (hybrid) or online. 

For more information, please contact us at icenter@iit.edu