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.
DSO travel signature on your Form I-20
Departing the U.S. does not require a travel signature on your I-20. However, when you re-enter the U.S. to continue your Marquette program, your I-20 must have a travel signature from an OIE advisor (DSO) on page two. The DSO signature on page two is valid for one year. You do not need a new DSO signature if you will reenter the U.S. within 12 months from the date of the last DSO signature.
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.
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.