Coronavirus/COVID-19  Frequently Asked Questions For CSN F-1 Students

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Is CSN accepting international students for the spring 2021 semester?

We are accepting applications for the spring 2021 semester. Please be sure to check the admission deadlines on our website.

Most classes are being offered online at this time.

Since the situation with COVID-19 is continually changing, any updates to this information will be posted here.

What can I do when official transcripts are required for admission, but the campus is closed?

Upload unofficial transcripts with your application or if you already applied, login to your Self Service account to upload them. Ask all of the U.S. institutions that you have attended (no language schools) to send your official transcripts to CSN electronically to If they do not offer electronic transcripts, please ask them to mail your official transcripts to:

CSN International Center

6375 West Charleston Blvd, WCD106

Las Vegas, NV 89146

We are checking our mail at least every other week so we will pass official transcripts on to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. Evaluations take 6 to 8 weeks to process so it’s in your best interest to have the official transcripts sent to us as soon as possible

What can I do if I receive my I-20 and the U.S. embassy in my home country is closed?

Most U.S. embassies around the world are currently closed due to the pandemic. Check the U.S. embassy website often to find out when they will re-open. Embassies will be very busy once they re-open so you want to make sure you schedule your appointment as soon as they re-open.

Because the CSN campus is closed and has moved to remote instruction and remote student services, how can I contact the International Center? 

The International Center is continuing to assist students remotely. Therefore, we are taking phone calls through our regular phone lines 702-651-5820 or 702-651-7414.

For admission services and admissions-related questions, please send an email to or use our Apply Contact Form

Can I stay in the United States while taking all classes online?

Yes, the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has confirmed that international students are allowed to take their classes online. You can take all of your classes online while residing within the United States or residing outside the United States during the online instructional period as long as you remain enrolled as a full-time student and make regular progress with your online instruction.

How can I get a travel signature on my I-20?

Since we are working remotely, the International Center staff will process your travel signature request by mail or email only. When you are ready to return to the United States, please contact us by sending an email to to request an I-20 with a valid travel signature.

Reminder: Travel signatures are valid for one year for enrolled students and six months for alumni on OPT.

If I am out of the United States for more than five months, what will happen to my F-1 status?

The SEVP has confirmed that as long as your SEVIS record remains "active," the 5-month temporary absence rule will not apply. Therefore, if you are planning to complete your fall 2020 coursework from your home country, you will not be penalized to return to the U.S. for spring 2021. We are closely monitoring to keep students' SEVIS records "active."

Can I still apply for OPT with everything that is happening right now with the COVID-19 outbreak and campus closures?

Yes. You can still apply for OPT. If you want to apply for OPT, send an email to and he will provide you with instructions on what documentation you need to collect to apply for OPT.

You will submit your OPT documents to an International Center advisor via email so it can be reviewed remotely.

Important Reminder: Do not apply for OPT or submit your OPT application to the United States government without having your OPT documentation reviewed by an International Center advisor first and receiving your new OPT I-20. 

Can I apply for OPT from my home country?

No.  Federal regulations require you to be in the United States at the time you apply for OPT. If you are currently outside the United States, you must re-enter the U.S. before your program end date on your I-20 to apply for OPT.   

Has the United States federal government made any announcements regarding the extension of 90 days of unemployment time for approved OPT due to COVID 19?

No. The government has not made any updates or extensions for the 90-day unemployment rule for OPT students. 

If I am currently doing CPT this fall 2020 semester, what if I am unable to complete my work hours because of the COVID-19 outbreak and companies closing and not hiring?

You should contact your work experience/internship class instructor directly to inform him/her that you will not be able to complete all of your required work hours, and ask what your options are if you are unable to complete all your hours this fall 2020 semester. Also contact the International Center to schedule an appointment with an advisor.


You Are Welcome Here!


More than 400 international students from 70 countries are currently earning a degree or certificate here at CSN.  To make sure that all students feel welcome we have created a one-stop service center with multicultural and multilingual professional staff who are eager to answer your questions.  Whether it's academic counseling or immigration advising, you should know that you can get the help you need at the International Center.