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International Students Return to Campus FAQ

Employment

Are continuing international students on F-1 status eligible to engage in remote “on-campus” work?

Continuing international students on F-1 status who were enrolled at Pomona for the fall 2020 semester and will be enrolling full time for spring 2021 will continue to have active SEVIS records/F-1 status and therefore remain eligible to work remotely for Pomona or any of the other Claremont Colleges. They can do so from within the U.S. or from other countries as long as they already have or are able to apply for a Social Security Number. No student may begin work until authorized to do so by Human Resources.

Students returning from a leave may be eligible to work depending on whether they have an active SEVIS record this spring. They should contact their international student advisor to confirm.

Keep in mind that per U.S. federal regulations employment when school is in session continues to be limited to 20 hours per week. However, Pomona has made a policy decision for this spring semester that students may only work remotely 12 hours per week.

Are new transfer and first-year international students on F-1 status able to engage in remote “on-campus” work?

At this time, based on guidance from the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), international students who enrolled for the first time at Pomona in the fall 2020 semester are not eligible for F-1 status and therefore will not be able to eligible to work at Pomona. These students will be able to work on campus when they attend their first in-person semester at Pomona College.

The only exception to this are new first-year or transfer students who had their SEVIS record transferred to Pomona and are currently in the United States.

Do international students need a Social Security Number in order to engage in remote “on-campus” work?

Yes, international students must have a SSN in order to engage in remote work at Pomona.

International students who are eligible to work but do not already have a SSN may be able to apply for one if they are physically present in the U.S. on F-1 status and have an offer of employment. International students may not begin to work until the SSN has been issued and they have that number in hand.

At this time Social Security Administration offices are offering very limited in-person services. International students looking to apply for a SSN should contact International Student Advisor Kathy Quispe for assistance.

Are international students on F-1 status eligible to engage in off campus internships or employment?

International students with an active SEVIS record/F-1 status may continue to engage in paid or unpaid off campus internships only when authorized for Curricular Practical Training.

Eligibility requirements and authorization process for CPT are available on the International Student Services website.

General

What do incoming first-year international students need to know?

New international students that began their studies the fall 2020 semester can continue to enroll online for the spring 2021 semester at Pomona College from outside the United States. They do not need to have an F-1 visa or valid I-20/SEVIS record to do so.

At this time, based on guidance from the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), new international students that enrolled at Pomona for the fall 2020 semester are not eligible for F-1 status and therefore should not travel to the United States this spring 2021 semester, even if they already have or are able to obtain a valid F-1 visa. Please refer to the International Student Services page for clarification on Visa vs. Status

New international students who had transferred their SEVIS records from a U.S. high school, college or university and were already in the U.S. this fall 2020 semester can remain here for the spring 2021 semester while enrolled at Pomona.

What do continuing international students on F-1 status living in the U.S. need to know?

Continuing international students on F-1 status who were enrolled at Pomona for the fall 2020 semester and will be enrolling full time for spring 2021 will continue to have active SEVIS records/F-1 status and can remain in the U.S. if they wish.

What do continuing international students on F-1 status living overseas need to know?

Continuing international students who were enrolled at Pomona for the fall 2020 semester and will be enrolling full time for spring 2021 will continue to have active SEVIS records/F-1 status and can choose to pursue their studies from within the U.S. or abroad.

Students considering traveling back to the U.S. should be mindful of current travel restrictions and the fact that the campus will be closed for the spring 2021 semester. They are encouraged to consult International Student Advisor Kathy Quispe prior to travel.

As always, continuing F-1 international students traveling to the U.S. are expected to carry their passport (valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry), their valid F-1 visa (except Canadian citizens) and a valid I-20 with a travel signature that is less than a year old.

What do international students returning from a leave of absence need to know?

International students who previously attended Pomona on F-1 status and have already been approved by the Dean of Students’ office to return can enroll online at Pomona from outside the United States. They do not need to have an F-1 visa or valid I-20 to do so.

They should contact International Student Advisor Kathy Quispe to determine their eligibility to regain F-1 status and/or travel to the United States.

What are the F-1 status implications for continuing international students who choose to take a leave of absence for the spring 2021 semester?

This information is available on the International Student Services website.

Who can help with questions?

International students may contact International Student Advisor Kathy Quispe at Kathy.Quispe@pomona.edu with questions regarding travel, visas and immigration status.

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