International Students & Scholars


International students and exchange visitors are an important part of Yeshiva University's vibrant community. More than 500 students and scholars from over 50 countries enroll each year at the graduate and undergraduate level or join the Yeshiva's community to teach and perform research.

The Office of International Services (OISS) provides international students and scholars with immigration support and assistance with cultural adjustment, to help you achieve your educational goals.

The OISS also acts as a liaison with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure University-wide legal compliance with government immigration regulations and reporting requirements. Please feel free to contact the OISS by phone 646.592.4203 or email

The OISS is working remotely. We have set up a special COVID-19 information page for members of the YU international community.  The page explains continuity of advising services, answers to to common questions, and an extensive resource list. To help us keep in touch, we ask all current F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors to compete the OISS Travel Registry.


YU International Student Portal


Proclamation Continues Schengen, UK, Ireland, Brazil, China and Iran COVID Restrictions and Adds South Africa. January 25, 2021. Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease.

  • January 25, 2021 Proclamation by President Biden continues the 14-day U.S. entry restrictions on individuals who were recently present in the Schengen Area, UK, Ireland, Brazil, China or Iran, and, effective January 30, 2021, adds South Africa to the list of countries.
  • F-1 students from the Schengen Area, UK, and Ireland are still automatically granted a "national interest exemption" from the travel ban, and are permitted to enter the U.S. without first applying for a waiver from a U.S. consulate.

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Effective January 26, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. We recommend that you check with your airlines before your flight to ensure that you will have the necessary documentation. Yeshiva University Spring 2021 Updates


The guidance applies to students in active F-1 status as of March 9, 2020. See posting on our COVID-19 Information page.


Beginning November 06, 2020, Chinese authorities have increased the requirements for passengers seeking to enter China from the United States. Read here 

The DHS proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F students and their dependents, J exchange visitors and their dependents, and I media representatives was published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 85 FR 60526 (September 25, 2020). If this rule is approved, it will drastically change the amount of time students can remain in the U.S. and impose heavy fees to apply for program extensions.

What could this mean for students? READ HERE  The government is accepting comments about the proposed rule through October 26, 2020. Everyone can submit a comment, especially those in F and J status!

New Fees Scheduled to take effect on October 2, 2020 are on hold! This means that the OPT fee will not increase on 10/2/2020.

On September 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction and stay on implementation of the 2020 final USCIS fee rule in its entirety. New fees and form versions associated with that rule that were to be required on October 2, 2020, as well as all other aspects of the rule, are now on hold. 

DHS and TSA Terminate Designated COVID-19 Airport Restrictions Effective September 14. (September 11, 2020)

CBP and TSA published in the Federal Register this week that the health screening and airport restrictions were lifted effective September 14th. This means the international travel to the U.S. is no longer limited to specific airport.  This is not a termination of the country-specific coronavirus Presidential Proclamation bans. Those Presidential Proclamations remain in effect.

USCIS Allows Limited, Temporary Use of I-797 Approval Notices Due to COVID-19 EAD Production Delays.
(August 19, 2020) USCIS posted a notice on its I-9 Central site, authorizing the temporary use of an I-797 EAD approval notice (not a receipt notice) as a List C # 7 document that establishes employment authorization (but not identity) for I-9 purposes. To qualify, the I-797 approval notice must have "a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020." I-797 approval notices with Notice dates outside this range will not qualify. Employers who use this flexibility will have to reverify the employee on Form I-9 with the actual EAD (or suitable other combination of documents) by December 1, 2020.

General Suspension of Routine Visa Services

On March 20, 2020, The Department of State suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The U.S. Department of State is eager to resume visa services, but has not yet determined when this will happen.

Post-completion Work Permission and Internships:

  • Extensive information about work authorization is on the OISS website.
  • Summer Internships: Whether your internship is paid or unpaid, the majority of F-1 students will require Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): Students who will graduate in May 2019 and plan to apply for OPT, will find all the information on the OISS website.  Please familiarize yourself with the basic information. In addition, the OISS will be presenting OPT information sessions staring later this month (February).  OPT authorization is taking at least 3 to 5 months. Plan ahead!