U.S. visa services in Beijing, Wuhan, Shenyang, and Guangzhou have been temporarily suspended due to COVID. Read more.
Be cautious about any unsolicited offers you receive for jobs or internships. Cornell students are continuing to receive fraudulent (phishing) emails with these scam offers, and some students have fallen victim. Read more ...
Visa appointment waits are getting longer. Take the earliest available appointment time—even if the appointment is after your planned arrival date. Find out more.
April 18: ICE/SEVP announced that COVID policy guidance for international students will remain unchanged in AY2022–23. Read more.
February 25: Find campus support and resources for Ukrainian and Russian students, staff, and faculty at Global Cornell. We urge you to take care of yourselves and remember that you are not alone.
Federal and state tax returns are due on April 18, 2022. Wait to file with Sprintax! We will send you the Sprintax access code as soon as it becomes available in mid-March.
Find out how to get a booster before Jan. 31 if you have not yet met Cornell's booster requirement. Anyone who received a WHO-authorized vaccine is eligible to be boosted with Pfizer only.
A COVID-19 booster is required by January 31, or 30 days after you become eligible. Find out more, including what to do if you were vaccinated outside of the U.S.
The U.S. requires all inbound international travelers to show a negative COVID test within one day of departure, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. Learn more ...
Due to high demand, Cornell testing may not be able to provide you with results fast enough to meet your destination's requirements. Seek alternate test locations if you have time-dependent needs. Read more ...
December 3: Read news on the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, and find out how you can stay in the dorms over winter break if your travel plans change.
Effective November 8: COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted, and NIEs are no longer required. Read more.
September 16: Cornell joined two lawsuits in 2020 to counter new H-1B rulings set by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Labor. The lawsuits countering these rulings have been successful.
H-1B and O-1 workers: You do not automatically receive a National Interest Exception (NIE) with your visa approval. You must apply before you travel. Contact your consulate for information on how to apply. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ for International Scholars to find out more.
India has been added to the national interest exceptions (NIEs) previously applied to all other regional travel restrictions currently in effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision will permit students from India (and Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa) to travel to the U.S. for programs beginning after August 1.
March 17, 2021: The Office of Global Learning community is deeply saddened by the Atlanta murders of six Asian women. Read President Pollack's statement on anti-Asian racism and violence and find out how to report campus incidents of bias.
Important News from Washington: The proposed changes to duration of status (D/S) and H-1B specialty occupation classification are no longer expected to be published or implemented. The Biden administration has issued a memorandum requiring all pending rules from the previous administration not yet published in the Federal Register to be withdrawn.
The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, has set aside both the Department of Labor wage rule that went into effect on October 8 and the Department of Homeland Security/USCIS rule to revise the specialty occupation definitions and
Cornell is a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging new H-1B wage increases that will undermine employment-based immigration into the United States. Cornell joins the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and universities across the country in the lawsuit, which was filed on October 19 in Washington, D.C.
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule titled "Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media." Proposed rules do NOT go into effect immediately. Please know that we are working hard to analyze the proposed rule and will submit an official Cornell comment accordingly.
Learn more about the new executive order that the White House has issued on immigration. Know that we firmly believe that an international community is essential to educating the brightest, solving critical global problems, reducing international tension, and facilitating empathy and leadership across nations.
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines steps to protect yourself from these scams.
Cornell is working with campus partners, as well as local and state resources, to protect the health and well-being of the Cornell community.
Learn how to spot an email or phone scam. If you're a scam victim: find out how to get help fast.
Read the IRS's warnings about 2019's worst tax scams—so you don't fall for them next year!