FAQ: Student Visas
As per guidance provided by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the Department of State, SBU is aware and will comply with all requirements to ensure that F-1/J-1 students may continue his/her studies in the U.S. in an alternate format (remote/online) without a negative impact to his/her immigration status.
Students who choose to depart the U.S. for the remainder of the semester will be expected to participate in courses in the method identified by the faculty and on the same day of the week and time as when it was offered on campus.
As per updated Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance issued on Friday, March 13, students participating in alternative methods of learning or online courses remain in Active status. As such, Visa and Immigration Services (VIS) will not terminate/shorten the immigration records for F-1/J-1 degree-seeking students who remain enrolled and depart the U.S. It is important to note that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not provided updated guidance regarding procedures for re-entry (including the 5 month absence from the U.S.). For more details regarding travel and re-entry, please refer to the information provided on the Travel page of the VIS website.
F-1 and J-1 students who wish to obtain a travel signature prior to departure must submit the form in accessVIS. (Be sure to check your I-20/DS-2019, as you may already have a valid travel signature.) VIS will send a follow up email with more details on pick-up instructions.
F-1 and J-1 students should reach out to his/her Visa and Immigration Services advisor to discuss options and accommodations recommended as per USCIS.
Student related issues: email@example.com.
Academic related issues: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Travel and immigration services: email@example.com.
Stony Brook University HR-related issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stony Brook University Hospital HR-related issues: SBUHHR@stonybrookmedicine.edu
Long Island State Veterans Home HR-related issues: LISVH_HR@stonybrookmedicine.edu
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider or regulatory agency for further information.