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International Student Remote Work Guidelines

Fall 2021


The following conditions and requirements apply to continuing graduate students who are unable to return to the United States and wish to be considered for permission to work remotely as an RA, TA or GA in Fall 2021. 


Eligibility: This option is only available to students who are:

  • Continuing in their program, not newly admitted; 
  • Prevented from returning to the US to perform their scheduled assistantship duties by a government-mandated travel restriction prohibiting or limiting travel out of current country or entry into USA or as result of a government-imposed shutdown of consular operations preventing/delaying the student from obtaining a needed travel document or visa as a result of COVID-19; and,
  • Not located in one of the following countries: Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, or the Crimea Region of Ukraine.

To be considered for permission to work remotely the following additional requirements then apply:

  • Students must be in a valid visa status and able to maintain active SEVIS status for the appointment period. This option is only available to students who are authorized to return to the US and resume their studies once travel restrictions are eased. For questions, please contact your assigned VIS advisor or regarding maintaining your immigration status while abroad;
  • Students must be in good academic standing, registered with the University, and enrolled full time in remotely-offered courses or in research credits. Students are expected to make normal academic progress towards their degree during the assistantship period;
  • The student must be able to perform the duties of the assistantship remotely, as determined by their supervisor, and must have the equipment and resources necessary to fully conduct those duties. Some assistantships may not be conducive to remote activities as the campus reopens and many activities return to fully in person;
  • The student’s supervisor must permit the appointment activities to be performed temporarily in the foreign country. In making this decision, the supervisor should consider whether the appointment involves confidential, proprietary, or sensitive information, and whether the information can be adequately protected.  Supervisors must consult with Susan Gasparo, SBU Export Compliance Officer ( in making this determination;
  • Any associated funding sources must allow activities from a foreign location. Some funding agencies limit international activities or require special permissions. For more information contact Susan Gasparo, SBU Export Compliance Officer (;
  • The student’s supervisor should contact the DoIT service desk by calling 631-632-9800 or visiting for guidance related to VPN access;
  • The student must have a US bank account.