COVID-19: International Student Center Updates
Updated: April 8, 2020 at 3:47 P.M. ET
For updates and more details about the University’s response to the COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus updates website.
The information below was created to provide guidance for Liberty’s international student body during this time. Due to the circumstances and nature of the situation, the information presented here may change frequently. Our office encourages you to constantly check this web page.
During this time, our office is closed to the public, and only open by appointment. To drop off or pick up a document, please call (434) 592-4118, or email ISC@liberty.edu to schedule an appointment. Our office and staff will continue to offer virtual appointments for all of our services. For specific questions regarding your status, please email MyStatus@liberty.edu.
Maintaining my F-1 Status
You are still required to maintain a full-time course load during the rest of the semester.
- Undergraduate: Minimum of 12 credit hours.
- Graduate: Minimum of 9 credit hours.
- Doctoral Students: Minimum of 6 credit hours.
Make sure you continue to work towards successful completion of your classes this semester. Regardless if you decided to leave or remain inside the U.S., your status will remain active as long as you maintain your full-time course load.
If your program still requires you to attend classes residentially, please know you must continue to report to class in order to maintain your status.
Traveling Outside the U.S.
If you decide to travel outside the U.S., please remember to carry all your immigration documents with you, including a valid travel signature on the second page of your I-20. Additionally, make sure you pay attention to any news regarding international travel. Any travel at this time may include many risks, including your return to the U.S.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
If you are graduating this semester, and want to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you are still able to apply as long as you are inside the U.S. For more information about OPT visit our OPT website.
If you currently work on-campus, even if your department wants you to work full time, remember you can only work up to 18 hours per week. You may work full-time during official University breaks.
Remember that for any internships/Curricular Practical Training (CPT) positions, you need proper work authorization. Working without authorization is a violation of your F-1 status and will result in termination. Email MyStatus@liberty.edu to process any paperwork regarding this topic. Off-campus employment is never permitted without authorization. For more information read the ISC Employment Authorization Reminder.
As a nonresident student in the United States, you’re legally required to file a tax return if you received income during 2019. If you didn’t work or receive income in the United States in 2019, you must file a Form 8843 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The IRS recently announced that the deadline to file federal income taxes will be extended from April 15, to July 15 of this year.
The International Student Center (ISC) has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation for your federal taxes. For more information on how to use this platforming waive your federal tax return filing fee, go to our International Student Tax information page.