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Disclosure and Alert
Currently IAU recommends minimizing international travel due to the rapidly-changing nature of U.S. immigration policy. IAU acknowledges that the change in administration may raise many questions and concerns for our students and their dependent(s). IAU urges students to be well prepared and adhere to the regulations including not limited to carrying proper travel documents and maintain status.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) determines at the Port of Entry (POE) whether to admit non-immigrants into the United States. The facts and circumstances presented at the time students apply to enter are the basis of this decision. IAU cannot guarantee that CBP will admit or re-admit students into the United States.

IAU has experienced that some students have had difficulties re-entering the U.S. and have sometimes been denied at the port of entry (POE), have been subject to "Secondary Inspection", and sent back to their countries for failure to demonstrate their maintenance of status in the U.S.
Geographic COVID-19 Proclamations Affecting Entry from Certain Countries
Three COVID-19-related presidential proclamations limit travel to the United States by individuals who were physically present in a covered country during the 14-day period prior to their planned entry or attempted entry to the United States.

The Covered Countries

Brazil
China
Iran
Ireland
Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
United Kingdom
South Africa
The COVID-19 Geographic Proclamations Currently in Effect

Proclamation 9984 of January 31, 2020 (Trump), published at 85 FR 6709 (February 5, 2020), effective February 2, 2020, continued in effect by Proclamation 10143 of January 25, 2021 (Biden), published at 86 FR 7467 (January 28, 2021).
Covers: China.
Proclamation 9992 of February 29, 2020 (Trump), published at 85 FR 12855 (March 4, 2020), effective March 1, 2020, continued in effect by Proclamation 10143 of January 25, 2021 (Biden), published at 86 FR 7467 (January 28, 2021).
Covers: Iran.
Proclamation 10143 of January 25, 2021 (President Biden), published at 86 FR 7467 (January 28, 2021).
Covers: South Africa. Effective January 30, 2021.

The European Schengen Area. Originally went into effect March 12, 2020 by Proclamation 9993 of March 11, 2020 (Trump), published at 85 FR 15045. (March 16, 2020). Terminated effective January 26, 2021 by Proclamation 10138 of January 18 2021 (Trump), but reestablished without interruption through Proclamation 10143 of January 25, 2021 (Biden), published at 86 FR 7467 (January 28, 2021).
The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Originally went into effect March 12, 2020 by Trump Proclamation 9984 of January 31, 2020, published at 85 FR 6709 (February 5, 2020). Terminated effective January 26, 2021 by Proclamation 10138 of January 18 2021 (Trump), but reestablished without interruption through Proclamation 10143 of January 25, 2021 (Biden), published at 86 FR 7467 (January 28, 2021).
Brazil. Originally went into effect on May 26, 2020 by Proclamation 10041 of May 24, 2020 (Trump), published at 85 FR 31933 (May 28, 2020). Terminated effective January 26, 2021 by Proclamation 10138 of January 18 2021 (Trump), but reestablished without interruption through Proclamation 10143 of January 25, 2021 (Biden), published at 86 FR 7467 (January 28, 2021).
On February 24, 2021 the Department of State included this updated question and response in a brief FAQ related to the gradual reopening of consulates on a country-by country basis: "Do the various Presidential Proclamations/travel restrictions still apply, or are those lifting with the resumption of visa services? The three geographical COVID-19 Proclamations (P.P. 9984, 9992, and 10143) and one of the COVID-19 Labor Market Proclamations suspending the entry of certain aliens (P.P.10052) remain in effect."
Important Reminders
Students should consult with a Designated School Official (DSO) prior to travelling outside. Student are advised to travel during Summer term or defined breaks as outlined in the Academic Calendar http://iau.la/academic-calendar/

This section of the applies to continuing F-1 students who wish to travel outside the United States for five months or less.

1. Students are NOT permitted to travel outside U.S. during mandatory enrollment terms (Spring and Fall) while the classes are in session.

2. Under emergency circumstances, students may be permitted to travel outside U.S. up to 14 days during mandatory enrollment terms. Visa renewal, wedding, vacation, OR business trip do not constitute as emergency.

3. If you are in a post-completion grace period, and you depart the U.S for any reason, such as a cruise, the grace period automatically ends. You cannot re-enter the U.S.

4. If you will be outside the U.S. more than 5 months, your I-20 will automatically expire, regardless of the travel signature date.

5. If you arrive back in the U.S. without your I-20, you will not be allowed immediate entry. You will go to secondary inspection (a waiting area for further questioning that can take several hours), or possibly refused entry to the U.S.

6. Canadians must carry a valid passport, I-20 and a NEXUS card (if applicable) to enter the U.S. If you do not present your I-20, you will be admitted as a tourist in the B Visa category, which does not allow study in the U.S.

7. The American Civil Liberties Union publishes a helpful pamphlet called “Know Your Rights,” which contains information about your rights in case you come into contact with law enforcement at the airport or other ports of entry to the U.S. IAU encourages you to review this information, especially before international travel into the U.S. It contains useful questions and answers, and a list of other resources and referral contacts should you ever need them. https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_english_5.pdf

8. In certain situations, students are considered to have abandoned any petitions filed with USCIS if students leave the
country while they are pending for a decision.

9. Student are advised to carry travel documents in their carry-on. DO NOT carry travel documents in your luggage.
Travel and Re-entry: F Status
IAU recommends to F-1 students to make informed decisions. To read the the FAQ, please visit https://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel
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