On Monday, July 6, the U.S. government issued new guidance for F-1 students for the Fall 2020 Term. We know the announcement has caused stress and frustration for many in our campus community, and are working to limit the disruption of this new guidance for new and current students. U-M President Schlissel and senior leaders have issued a statement expressing U-M’s strong disagreement with the new policies. The International Center is disappointed that DHS will not extend the same flexible online guidance issued last March to the Fall semester, in light of the ongoing COVID crisis.
If you are concerned about possible health care costs if you did need to be tested or treated for COVID-19, please remember that the U-M health insurance plans, including the International Student/Scholar Health Insurance Plan, and the health insurance plans administered by the U-M Benefits Office, such as GradCare, U-M Premier Care, etc. all cover medically necessary health care costs related to testing and treatment for infectious diseases and medical conditions, including COVID-19.
July 1, 2020: Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878 which provide an additional extension of valid driver’s licenses and state identification cards that would otherwise expire during the COVID-19 emergency.
On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation that will restrict entry of certain foreign nationals on new H-1B or H-4 visas. Entry to the U.S. using a few other visa types is also restricted, but these visa types do not apply to U-M. The proclamation takes effect at 12:01 am EDT on June 24, and will be in place through December 31, 2020.