Frequently Asked Questions for International Students Fall 2022

We will return to normal operating procedures in the fall 2022 semester.  Read below for more specific information.

Page last updated 04/01/2022 10:21 AM

Yes.  All students, continuing and new, must take face-to-face courses in the fall.

Undergraduate students must register and complete 12 credits (9 credits must be face-to-face or hybrid)  

Graduate students must register and complete 9 credits (6 credits must be face-to-face or hybrid) 

Yes.  All students, continuing and new, must take face-to-face courses in the fall.

Undergraduate students must register and complete 12 credits (9 credits must be face-to-face or hybrid)  

Graduate students must register and complete 9 credits (6 credits must be face-to-face or hybrid) 

We look forward to welcoming you to New York! When you are ready to begin study in the U.S., you must obtain an F-1/J-1 student visa prior to entry. Visas are issued by the U.S. Department of State, and unfortunately, there is never a guarantee that a visa will be issued; the decision lies entirely with federal officials.

YES.  All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result within one day of departure.  Learn more about this requirement.  

Currently accepted vaccines:

  • Janssen/J&J
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

It is also St. John’s policy for all students and staff to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and to provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus.  For more information, please visit this page.

Booster guidelines:

If your original vaccination was: 

You are eligible to get a booster: 

The booster you should receive is: 

Pfizer-BioNTech 

At least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series 

Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna 

Moderna 

At least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series 

Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna 

Johnson& Johnson’s Janssen 

At least 2 months after receiving your primary COVID-19 vaccination  

Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna 

A World Health Organization emergency use listing (WHO-EUL) COVID-19 vaccine  that is not listed above 

At least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series 

Pfizer-BioNTech 

Most travelers to the U.S. need to be vaccinated, with rare exceptions. 

Currently, there is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated individuals; however, this may change.  Please continue to monitor the CDC website, this page, and your email for changes to this policy.

Unvaccinated international travelers must quarantine upon arrival to the United States.

If you are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after arrival, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Stay at home or in your hotel room and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if you test negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Isolate if your test result is positive or you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you intend to stay in the United States for 60 days or longer, you must become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the United States or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.

Plan to arrive in the U.S. with enough time to quarantine and/or be tested for COVID if necessary.

No.

Unfortunately, F-1 regulations require you to be physically in the U.S. at the time you submit your OPT application. For more information on submitting your OPT application, please visit our page on our Optional Practical Training page.

You need to report a change of your U.S. residential address in UIS (under the “personal information” tab) so we can update your SEVIS record as required by the Department of Homeland Security.

We encourage you to contact the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) at [email protected] for more information or schedule an appointment for individual advising. Please note that appointments will take place online.