F-1 Students Face Additional Challenges Due to COVID-19

HUNTER COLLEGE — On top of transitioning to online learning and uncertainty about internships, international students with F-1 visas face challenges with visa status, travel option, health insurance and financial situation, as CUNY transitioned to distance learning about three weeks ago.

Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo cancelled all in-person classes, International Student Affairs offices throughout CUNY sent emails to students ensuring their F-1 status. An email wrote, “Due to current events with the coronavirus, the U.S. government is well-aware of the situation and the rules that apply to F-1/J-1 students–your status will not be in jeopardy.”