COVID-19 Updates for International Students & Scholars

The Office of International Education is concerned for the well-being of each student and visiting scholar in the Marquette community.

If you need medical care or have questions about the virus, the Marquette University Medical Clinic has FAQs and other resources.  Please also monitor Marquette Today for the latest updates about university policies. 

We know that these are uncertain times, and the OIE staff is here to help you. Contact OIE if you have questions or concerns. Continue to watch your Marquette email for updates from OIE and other Marquette offices.  

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July 1 - Summer Updates and Resources

Dear Student,

 I hope that you and your family are well.  We know that this isn’t a “normal” summer, but we trust that you are enjoying some rest and connecting with friends and your Marquette community in a meaningful way. 

University updates and fall semester 

Marquette intends to resume campus operations this fall if governmental and medical authorities say it is safe to do so. In the COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting on May 19, President Lovell and university leaders outlined a recovery plan that will lead to a phased approach to reopening the campus.  MU Today messages also highlight the plans.  This will mean many changes to academic protocols and life on campus.  Be sure to watch for new information in the weeks ahead.  If you have questions about changes to your class schedule, contact your academic advisor.

Students who are outside the United States

We know that some students are now outside the United States.  Travel restrictions and visa delays may make it difficult for you to return to Milwaukee by the start of fall semester. 

  • Restrictions on entering the U.S.:  At present, foreign nationals who have visited some countries in the past 14 days may not enter the United States.  More details at: CDC guidance for travelers from other countries  This includes travelers/students from most of Europe, Brazil, China, Iran. You would not be able to enter the U.S. directly from these countries.
  • The U.S.  government has suspended most visa appointments in most countries.  Reopening of embassies and consulates for visa interviews depends on the location.  Some are starting to reopen for “emergency” appointments, but the backlog will be large.  This will impact you if your F-1 visa in your passport has expired and if you are not able to renew your visa by August.

If you are unable to return to campus, Marquette is committed to helping you continue your Marquette study through remote learning or other solutions. If you wish to enroll in online courses for the fall semester because you will be outside the U.S., contact the advisors below. They will help you determine online courses appropriate for your major.

 Undergraduate students

Graduate students:  Contact your Academic Advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies in your department.

Re-entering the U.S. and self-quarantine

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all travelers should stay home for 14 days from the time you entered the U.S. from international travel.   See CDC guidance for stay at home after entering the U.S.   Please keep this in mind as you arrange your return to the U.S. and arrive early enough so that you can begin classes on August 24 (graduate) or August 26 (undergraduate).

For students who will live in a Marquette Residence Hall

  • The Office of Residence Life has set aside a limited number of rooms where you can self-quarantine, if needed.   Meal service will also be available.  Residence Life suggests that you arrive early enough to complete your self-quarantine by August 16.  Charges for the room and meals will be added to your student account.  (Please note, this room assignment will not be your permanent room for fall semester.)  Contact me at blauw@marquette.edu by July 28 to request a self-quarantine room.

Resources for your health and welfare 

  • Food Resources:  Are you or one of your friends experiencing hunger in Milwaukee? The Backpack Program  is a free and confidential service that provides groceries to any Marquette student who needs access to affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items. After filling out an intake form, you will be able to pick up some groceries and personal products. You may use the Backpack Program one time or on an ongoing weekly basis. Your information will be kept confidential throughout the process.
  • Counseling Center:   Offering phone meetings to support your emotional health.  Common topics include stress management, anxiety, feelings of isolation, depression, alcohol & drugs and relationship issues.  Call 414-288-7172 for an appointment.  After 3:00 pm and on weekends call the MU Police Department at 414-288-1911 to connect to the on-call counselor.
  • MU Medical Clinic:   Open by appointment Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Call 414-288-7184 to make an appointment.  After hours, call NurseDirect at 855-839-5121 or 800-362-9900 to speak confidentially with a registered nurse.

OIE Assistance

Please contact us if you have any needs related to your visa status, financial situation, or health and safety during this time. We are here to help you!

To make an appointment with an OIE advisor, call 414-288-7289 or email us at:

Ellen Blauw  ellen.blauw@marquette.edu    

Michael Groen   michael.groen@marquette.edu 

Conor McKeon  conor.mckeon@marquette.edu  

Susan Whipple  susan.whipple@marquette.edu

 

May 12 - End of Spring Updates and Summer Reminders

Congratulations on completing the spring semester! We are proud your perseverance and flexibility in the midst of the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. If you are graduating after this semester, we send you special congratulations!

We know there are many uncertainties about summer travel, visas, and plans for fall semester. While many of the issues do not have answers now, we will keep you updated about changes during the summer. OIE advisors are here to help as we navigate these new situations together.

Fall Semester

Marquette will resume campus operations this fall, under the condition that governmental and medical authorities say it is safe to do so. This is an evolving process and more than 100 leaders across campus are working together to establish the policies related to COVID-19 testing, social distancing, and space and equipment sanitizing to comply with government and health guidelines. We don’t know yet exactly what changes will be implemented for class schedules (remote and/or in person classes) and the semester calendar. Continue to watch your Marquette email and Marquette Today during the summer for the latest information.  

Financial needs

We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe during this time. Marquette has established some funds for students and families who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties due to the COVID pandemic. To be considered for these emergency funds, you should call Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000 to indicate that your financial circumstances have drastically changed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel restrictions and re-entry to the U.S.

If you are outside the U.S. now or are considering travel during the summer, we advise you to consider your plans carefully. We hope that restrictions about travel and stay at home guidance will change in the coming weeks. However, as of today, some restrictions may impact your return to Milwaukee for fall semester.  

Here are some resources from the U.S. government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Check these sources throughout the summer for updates. 

  • After you return to the U.S.: CDC guidance suggests that all travelers should stay home for 14 days from the time you entered the U.S. from international travel.  Keep this timeline in mind as you make plans to return to campus in August. See CDC guidance for stay at home after entering the U.S.    
  • Travel to your home country: If you are trying to arrange travel to your home country, you should contact your government’s embassy or consulate in the U.S. for the latest travel information: Embassy Contacts (not all countries are listed)

     

    If you are unable to return to campus for fall semester due to travel restrictions, your college advisors and OIE will help determine ways for you to continue your Marquette study through remote learning or other solutions.

    F-1 visa renewal

    If your F-1 visa has or will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to renew your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. As of March 20, the U.S.  government suspended most visa appointments. Reopening of embassies and consulates for visa interviews depends on the location. 

    Check the US embassy website in your home country for information about visa appointments and at: U.S. State Department and Visa Renewal

    Travel and DSO signature on your Form I-20

    Before re-entering the U.S., remember that your Form I-20 must have a valid travel signature from an OIE advisor (DSO) on page two. If you need a DSO travel signature, submit the Request for I-20 Travel Signature Form. An OIE Advisor (DSO) will reprint and sign a new I-20. Then we will send the I-20 to the shipping address you indicate on the form. Remember that your passport and your F-1 visa (in your passport) must be valid when you re-enter the U.S. Check your documents to ensure they have not expired.

    Report any change to your residence address

    Your SEVIS record must always show your accurate U.S. residence address and foreign address. You should update your address within 10 days after you move to a new residence. To update your address(es), complete the SEVIS Address Form  and return it as an attachment to world@marquette.edu or an OIE advisor.  

    Employment during summer

    Marquette F-1 students are authorized to work on the Marquette campus during the summer break if the student is eligible to enroll in classes in the summer and/or fall semester. In general, jobs which are considered to be "on-campus employment" are paid from Marquette University funds and performed on Marquette property under the supervision of regular Marquette staff. Employment can be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during the summer. More information about on-campus and off campus employment is available at OIE F-1 Employment.

    OIE and summer hours

    OIE staff will continue to provide all services during the summer. Contact OIE by calling 414-288-7289 during usual office hours or by contacting an OIE advisor by email. We will let you know when OIE in Holthusen Hall re-opens!

April 13 - Reporting your Residence Address & Travel Reminders

Dear Students,

We hope that you enjoyed some rest over the Easter holiday.  Spring is coming!

Here are some reminders as the spring semester comes to a close:

Report any change to your residence address

Your SEVIS record must always show your accurate U.S. residence address and foreign address.  You should update your address within 10 days after you move to a new residence.  To update your address(es), complete the SEVIS Address Form and return it as an attachment to world@marquette.edu or an OIE advisor.  

If you are presently outside the United States, your SEVIS record should show your last residence in the U.S. and your foreign address. 

Travel and returning to Marquette – DSO signature on your Form I-20

If you are outside the U.S. now or you plan to travel during the summer and return to Marquette, remember that your Form I-20 must have a valid travel signature from an OIE advisor (DSO) on page two. The DSO signature on page two is valid for one year.  Check your I-20 to see if you need a new travel signature.

Complete the Request for I-20 Travel Signature Form if you need a DSO travel signature.  An OIE Advisor (DSO) will reprint and sign a new I-20. Then we will send the I-20 to the shipping address you indicate on the form. Signed I-20s will be mailed within 10-14 days after your request is received.

Remember: Your passport and your F-1 visa (in your passport) must be valid when you re-enter the U.S.  Check your documents to ensure they have not expired.

Applying for an F-1 visa

If your F-1 visa has or will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to renew your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. As of March 20, the U.S.  government has suspended most visa appointments. We do not know when visa appointments will resume. If your F-1 visa has expired, keep this in mind as you decide about leaving the U.S.

OIE Assistance

Although OIE in Holthusen Hall is closed, we are here to help you. Contact us by email or call OIE at 414-288-7289 to arrange a phone appointment.   

OIE Advisors for international students and scholars:

Ellen Blauw  ellen.blauw@marquette.edu    T: 414-288-5599

Michael Groen   Michael.groen@marquette.edu  T:  414-288-5662

Conor McKeon  conor.mckeon@marquette.edu  (for health insurance questions)  T:  414-288-3653

Susan Whipple  susan.whipple@marquette.edu  T: 414-288-7055

March 27 - Care and Resources for your wellbeing

Dear Student,

The Coronavirus pandemic has, for a while at least, resulted in significant changes to our daily routines … from the way we go to class or work, to where we live and who we can spend time with, to how we get our food.  Some of you may also have heard about or experienced acts of discrimination.  Experiences like these can cause stress, frustration, loneliness, even anger. 

During these unusual times, we strongly encourage you to make extra effort to care for yourself and those around you.  You can start to do this with simple actions like eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising and staying in touch with family and friends.  And the Marquette community is here for you, too.  When you have questions or need assistance, you can contact the appropriate resource from the list below: 

Physical and Mental Health Resources

  • Counseling Center:   Offering phone meetings to support mental health.  Common topics include stress management, career planning, anxiety, feelings of isolation, depression, alcohol & drugs and relationship issues.  Call 414-288-7172 for an appointment.  After 4:30 pm and on weekends call the MU Police Department at 414-288-1911 and to talk to the on-call counselor
  • MU Medical Clinic:   Open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only.  Call 414-288-7184 to make an appointment.  After hours, call NurseDirect at 855-839-5121 or 800-362-9900 with health-related questions to speak confidentially with a registered nurse free of charge.
  • Health insurance:  If you are enrolled in the Marquette international insurance, the plan offers comprehensive coverage for illness, including COVID-19.  If you are feeling sick and in Milwaukee, remember to contact the MU Medical Clinic first, if possible.  Your health insurance also has a Teledoc 24/7 virtual resource to talk to a doctor.  If you have questions about your health insurance, visit your MyAccount portal, contact UnitedHealthcare Customer Service at 800-767-0700 or customerservice@uhcsr.com.  Or contact Conor McKeon at conor.mckeon@marquette.edu.
  • Residence Life:  If you are now living in a residence hall, be sure to stay in contact with your hall director about housing and meal service.  If you are not living in your residence hall room now, follow the communication sent about moving your belongings from your room.  Contact ORL at orl@marquette.edu or 414-288-7208.
  • Academic and Study Resources

    • How to Be a Successful Online Student   Best practices and strategies to succeed in online classes
    • Raynor Memorial Libraries   Book check out is not available at this time, but the Library continues to offer a range of services including: scanning materials, renewal, email, chat and virtual consultation
    • Online Learning Support: A research guide to help you find, access, and navigate online materials available through the library.
    • Student Educational Services:  Tutoring and academic coaching online and over the phone as well as study and test taking tips.
    • Writing Center:  One-on-one meetings at any stage of the writing process about grammar, style, syntax, drafting and revising.  Online and over the phone call 414-288-5542 or sign up online.
    • Your Academic Advisor & Professors:   Advice on class topics, notes, class performance as well as College policies and procedures.  Stay in touch with them!  They want to hear from you during this time.

    University Updates: 

    OIE Assistance

    • Office of International Education:  We can provide guidance about your F-1 or J-1 legal status and related processes like OPT, CPT, program extensions, etc.   Also, please contact us if you have any specific needs related to your financial situation, health and safety during this time.  We are here to help you!

    To make an appointment with an OIE advisor, call 414-288-7289 or email us at:

March 24 – Travel Update for International Students

Dear Students,

As you know, Marquette will continue remote learning through the end of the spring semester.  Here is a link to the latest information: Marquette Coronavirus.

You may be deciding whether to stay in the United States during this time.  We know this is a difficult decision and maybe you do not have the option to return home.  We encourage you to make the decision that is best for you and your family.

If you need a DSO travel signature for your reentry to the U.S.

OIE in Holthusen Hall is closed and we cannot meet you face to face, but we will arrange to sign your Form I-20 with the travel signature.  If you are already outside the U.S. or will be leaving within the next two weeks, we will send a reprinted I-20 to you after you have returned home.  If you are leaving later, we will try to provide your signed I-20 before you leave Milwaukee.  Watch for more information about how to request an I-20 with a travel signature.  OIE will send these instructions within the next two weeks.  

Applying for an F-1 visa to re-enter the U.S.

If you are outside the U.S. and if your F-1 visa has or will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to renew your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.  As of March 20, the U.S.  government has suspended all visa appointments.  We do not know when visa appointments will resume.  If your F-1 visa has expired, keep this in mind as you decide about leaving the U.S.

Some considerations if you leave Milwaukee

  • Bring all of your important documents such as passport, Form I-20 (including “old” forms”), ID cards and licenses, Social Security card, etc
  • Have access to contacts for your bank account, apartment manager, etc.  
  • Inform your residence hall director if you are living on campus, and arrange for your move out.
  • If you live off campus, contact your apartment manager.  You may want to ask a friend or neighbor to check on your apartment while you are away.  If you want the US postal service to hold your mail, you can sign up with the USPS:  Hold Mail
  • Remember that you may need to make some payments for rent, electricity, phone, etc. while you are away. 

If you need a place to store your belongings while you are away from Milwaukee, here are Storage Options in Milwaukee.

Your visa status during remote learning and the remainder of the semester

Your F-1 visa status will remain active as long as you are enrolled at Marquette for the spring semester.  This means your visa status will continue if you stay in the U.S. or if you are outside the U.S.  If you are thinking about dropping any classes or withdrawing from all classes, contact an OIE advisor before you take these actions.

Students who are graduating in May 2020 and/or have a May ending date on your Form I-20

We will send another message to you soon about arrangements and procedures for applying for OPT or extending your I-20 end date.  

OIE Assistance

All Marquette campus offices, including OIE, are closed, but we are available to help you.  We suggest contacting us by email or calling OIE at 414-288-7289 to arrange a phone appointment.   

OIE Advisors for international students and scholars:

We know that these are uncertain times but we are here to help you.   Continue to watch your Marquette email for updates from OIE.

March 12 – Information from OIE for International Students

Dear Students,

You recently received information from Marquette leadership about campus changes due to COVID-19. Here is a link to the latest message: Marquette Today.

We want to clarify some important implications for international students:

Campus Housing

Residence Halls: The university will allow students who are currently residing in campus residence halls to return to campus on March 15 and live on campus. Housing will be provided on the Marquette campus during the upcoming weeks. The exact location of housing is yet to be determined.  You will receive more information from Residence Life. However, take these important steps to inform the university about your plans:

  •  If you will return to campus on March 15 or after March 15 and will stay in a residence hall, please complete the form in the message and below.  When answering the question “Please describe the circumstances that require you to return to campus on March 15”, write “International Student”.

Students whose circumstances require them to live on campus should fill out this form so that we can communicate directly with them about proper protocols and provide appropriate support.

  • If you will not live in your residence hall and are choosing to live in another place, and if you need to retrieve some of your personal items, you can retrieve your items on March 15 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Staff will provide direction at the hall front desk.

Campus-Owned Apartments:  If you are currently living in Campus Town West or East, McCabe, The Marq or other campus-owned apartment, you may remain in your campus-owned apartment.  The apartment buildings will not close and you do not need to leave your apartment.  Watch for further information from your building manager or you can contact Eric Hetland in Residence Life at eric.hetland@marquette.edu with questions.

Off-campus housing

If you have other living arrangements in Milwaukee and have a problem continuing your stay because of the health situation, please contact an OIE advisor.

Return to Milwaukee from International and U.S. travel

Any faculty, student or staff who has traveled internationally (including cruise ship travel) or from any domestic states with known community transmission MUST SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days before returning to campus. Those who are 14 days symptom free may return to campus. You can work and learn online per university policy.  Visitors to Marquette are being asked to follow these same guidelines. 

If you do not have a place to stay during your self-quarantine, please notify an OIE advisor.  If you are presently outside the U.S. and will not return to Milwaukee in the near future, please contact an OIE advisor.

Your Visa Status During On-line Classes

The U.S. government and the Department of Homeland Security have issued new guidance for universities who enroll F-1 and J-1 visa students.  Based on this guidance, Marquette’s decision to change to on-line courses will not impact your visa status while you remain enrolled as a full-time Marquette student.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

OIE Assistance

The university will remain open during this time and the services of Office of International Education staff are available to you.  We suggest contacting us by email or calling OIE at 414-288-7289 if you have questions or to arrange an appointment.

OIE Advisors for international students and scholars: