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

Click a question to make the answer drop down. 

Is CSN still accepting international students for the summer 2020 session?

We are accepting applications only for transfer students and students who completed OPT that must begin in the summer due to the 5-month rule. This means they cannot start in the fall semester because it would take them beyond 5 months. Please be sure to check the admission deadlines on our website.

Classes will be offered online through June 30, 2020.

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

Is CSN still accepting international students for the fall 2020 semester?

Yes, we are currently processing fall 2020 applications.

The plan is to return to campus to hold in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester.

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. You will still need to request official transcripts to be mailed directly to our office, the International Center. The mail is being collected and saved for us when we return to the office. Once we get back, if we have received your official transcripts, we will pass them 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 line 702-651-5820 and email at 

If you need to request an appointment with the International Center advisor, please send an email to or use our Advisor Contact Form

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.

Can I go home to finish the Spring 2020 semester online?

Yes, you can complete your study outside of the United States for Spring 2020 while keeping your SEVIS record Active. If you are planning to return home or have already returned home, you are required to notify the International Center by sending an email to to notify us of your departure. 

Reminder: Please keep in mind if your visa expires while you are abroad, you will need to apply for visa renewal with the U.S Embassy to re-enter the United States.

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 Spring 2020 coursework from your home country, you will not be penalized to return to the U.S. for Fall 2020. 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 Spring 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 Spring 2020 semester. Also send an email to to notify an International Center advisor about your CPT situation so you can get further assistance.

What if I want to do CPT this Summer 2020 semester?

If the appropriate work experience/internship class is offered for the Summer 2020 semester, you will need to enroll in the appropriate work experience class and send an email to to get authorized for any CPT employment. However, you must remember that the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, things are continually changing, and it is unknown when many companies will re-open again and start hiring.

Can I register for Summer and Fall semester? How and when can I register for classes?

Yes, you will still be able to register for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

Summer 2020 semester - If you purchased health insurance for the Spring 2020 semester, your insurance payment covers both Spring and Summer semesters, which means you will not have to purchase health insurance for Summer.

Fall 2020 semester - You will need to purchase your health insurance for the Fall semester once the website to purchase health insurance is available for you to use. After you purchase health insurance for Fall, the International Center will receive an email notification of your payment and will remove any health insurance holds on your MyCSN account.

To determine when you can start enrolling in classes - Go to your MyCSN account, and on the right-hand column, click on Enrollment Dates to find out when you can begin registering for Summer and Fall. If you have any questions or need assistance regarding class enrollment, please send an email to to request enrollment assistance.


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.