Below is a list of frequently asked questions for international students regarding COVID-19. Please contact Courtney Olevnik in the International Student Office at with any further questions or concerns.

As with any travel outside of the U.S., you will need an unexpired F1 visa (unless you’re Canadian), your Mercyhurst issued I-20 with unexpired travel signature on page 2 (signatures are valid for 12 months from the signature date for current students and 6 months from the signature date for students on OPT), and a passport with more than 6 months before expiry when you return to the U.S.

As of July 1, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has not announced any changes to its existing OPT application process. Fall 2020 graduates who are physically in the US may begin to apply for OPT in October. The International Student Office will continue to advise students on their OPT applications.