Please review the information below as it pertains to you. We will be updating this page frequently as we continue to receive information. You are advised to check this page regularly.
If you have concerns, please contact Gnomon’s Student Affairs Manager and PDSO, Carmen Munoz.
The information and advice indicated on this FAQ page is based on prevailing guidance as mandated by the US Dept. of Homeland Security. Please be advised that this information is subject to change; updates announced hereafter will be published on this page as soon as we receive official notification. Please check this page regularly for the most current information. Continuing F-1/M-1 students will also receive applicable notifications via their Gnomon email.
I-20’S AND VISAS
- I enrolled in Gnomon’s Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021 term. When will I receive my I-20 for the Fall 2021 term?
- Students enrolled in any of the above terms will be issued I-20s and Visa Instructions for the 2021 Fall start term on June 1, 2021.
- Please note: Gnomon can only issue your I-20 for the 2021 Fall term, as current SEVP guidance only allows PDSO’s to issue I-20s for the start terms that are 100% in person or hybrid.
- I was admitted for the 2021 Summer or 2021 Fall term, when will I receive my I-20?
- Your I-20 will be issued after June 1st, once you have submitted the following:
- Non-refundable $150.00 Gnomon international student processing fee
- Non-refundable $125.00 Confirmation of Acceptance fee
- All Confirmation documents
- Important note: If you were admitted for the 2021 Summer term, your I-20 will be issued for the 2021 Fall term. Current SEVP guidance only allows DSOs to issue I-20s for start terms that are 100% in person or hybrid.
- How will I receive my I-20?
- As part of SEVP COVID-19 procedural changes, PDSO’s may send Forms I-20 electronically to students via Gnomon email. Students will need to print the I-20 (all pages) and sign the Student Attestation section on page 1.
- Once my visa is approved, how do I choose an arrival date?
- When purchasing your plane ticket, international students should note the start date on their I-20. You may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date listed on the I-20.
- The above information is not applicable to continuing students with a valid visa.
- Am I allowed to continue taking my classes online even after Gnomon reopens campus fully?
- In order to maintain a valid F1 or M1 visa status you must take in person courses once Gnomon reopens and resumes in person learning.
- An online, or distance learning, course for the purpose of international student regulations means a course that is primarily offered through technology and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examinations or other purposes integral to completion of the class.
- Only one online or distance learning class can count toward a full course of study for an F-1 student during each term.
- No online or distance learning classes may count toward an M-1 student's full course of study requirement.
- If you are unsure which courses count toward the requirements for a full course of study, talk to your Gnomon’s PDSO, Carmen Munoz to verify your schedule meets the requirements to maintain your status.
- Please review https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/study/full-course-of-study for more information.
- I am an International student who may be unable to return to campus for the 2021 Fall term due to travel or visa restrictions. Will I have an option to take courses remotely?
- We are hopeful that travel restrictions may be lifted, and visa issuance timelines could improve prior to the 2021 Fall term, allowing our international students to participate in the return to campus. For students unable to enter the U.S. because of visa issues or the continuation of travel restrictions, Gnomon anticipates being permitted to offer remote learning as an accommodation, on a case-by-case basis.
- Important Note: If you were issued an I-20 for the 2021 Fall term and are unable to enter the U.S. due to travel or visa restrictions, Gnomon’s PDSO may defer your I-20 to the following start term.
- Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.
- Do students who already have valid visas but are outside of the United States need a new visa before they attempt to travel to the United States?
- No, students with valid visas (not expired) do not need to apply for a new visa before traveling to the United States to resume their studies. However, students may still be subject to travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country.
- I am a Continuing International Student (currently holding an F-1 or M-1 visa) and traveling to the U.S. Am I allowed to enter the United States? What documents do I need?
- Yes, you may return to the United States. However, you will need to reach out to Gnomon’s PDSO, Carmen Munoz to update your I-20 with a current travel signature. The travel signature must be less than a year old.
- Please also check your I-20 for accuracy, paying special attention to:
- Biographical information
- Program end date
- Travel signature
- You will also need to travel with a current passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after entry), and valid unexpired visa.
- Please understand that, while Gnomon’s PDSO can provide general guidance on travel, admission into the U.S. and travel, restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 are at the discretion of the U.S. government.
- Do I need a Covid-19 test to travel?
- Yes, per the CDC International Travel Order. Students should be aware of the CDC order that went into effect January 26, 2021. Per this order: "Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger."
- More information can be found on the CDC’s FAQ page (updated May 7, 2021) and we advise students to contact their airline directly if they have questions about this policy.
- How can I check if there is a travel ban in place for my home country?
- US Travel Ban Guidance - Updated April 26th
- On April 26th, the US government updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) guidance for certain travelers arriving from countries that currently have a US travel ban in place (as noted on the CDC’s website). Students should refer to the updated NIE guidance here. If you have specific questions about this guidance or your admissibility to the US, please contact the U.S. embassy in your country.
- U.S. Travel Restrictions
- Students arriving from countries that currently have a US travel ban in place, as noted on the CDC’s website, should refer to the updated National Interest Exception (NIE) guidance found here. If you have specific questions about this guidance or your admissibility to the U.S., please contact your U.S. embassy.
- Gnomon is unable to guarantee any student’s ability to re-enter the U.S.
- Who can I contact if I have questions about my immigration or any visa-related items?
- Please contact Gnomon’s PDSO, Carmen Munoz or the Office of Student Affairs.
HEALTH INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- Where can I obtain information about health insurance?
- Healthcare and health insurance are important aspects of your life while attending Gnomon and living in the United States. International students are required to have adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their F-1 or M-1 student status. While you are encouraged to find a health insurance plan that works best for you, plans from International Student Insurance (ISI) are available for you to consider. For more information visit International Student Insurance (ISI) and review plan brochures for comparison:
- GeoBlue Navigator Health Plan
- Student Secure
- Visit International Student Insurance’s “Insurance Explained” to obtain information available in video and article format to help you dissect and understand insurance in the U.S.
- Disclaimer: Gnomon does not endorse any particular health insurance plan or healthcare provider. Any information or links to external websites, contacts, and/or non-Gnomon information provided are provided as a courtesy. It is a student’s responsibility to obtain a health insurance plan that meets their needs.