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Students preparing to travel to the U.S. can download and print this letter confirming that DePaul University is operating a hybrid model offering a mixture of in-person and online classes for academic year 2021-2022.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months beyond your date of entry to the U.S. Please also note that it is your responsibility to maintain a valid passport throughout your stay in the U.S.
Please see your ISS Advisor prior to travel if:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented enhanced security procedures related to international travel carry-on items. There is no impact on domestic flights in the United States or flights departing the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating from the United States. For a DHS fact sheet, please click HERE.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) is open Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of State extended the National Interest Exceptions to include additional countries. The NIE list now includes China, Iran, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa and the European Schengen area.
Students with valid F-1 visas intending to begin or continue their academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 visas and who are found to be otherwise qualified will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel after the issuance of the visa. Students on OPT/STEM who are attempting re-entry should consult with their ISS Advisor before planning travel. As circumstances continue to change rapidly, it is recommended that students refer directly to the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date NIE information.
On January 20, 2021 President Biden signed a Proclamation revoking previously signed Executive Order 13780 and Proclamations 9645, 9723 and 9983, collectively referred to as the "travel ban."
The revocation of these discriminatory bans will allow for the resumption of visa processing by embassies and consulates around the world which had previously been limited by the travel ban.
Because of the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the latest travel information including travel restrictions. Please note that this information is subject to change between now and your scheduled travel date.
As of January 26, 2021, all air passengers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter the U.S. For more information please visit the following CDC link:
CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passenters Entering the United States
Learn more about Chicago's Emergency Travel Order and the self-quarantine required upon your arrival to Chicago by visiting the following link:
For guidance on DePaul's phased return to campus, go here.
For FAQs, go here.