Office for International Students and Scholars

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COVID-19 Update:

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) shares the following information for international students during the period of online instruction. Click the button below for Fall 2021 FAQs specific to International Students.

OISS staff will continue to process visa documents, respond to emails, and be available via email and Zoom. We will continue to send out updates and provide the most up-to-date information on our website. During this time, it is essential that you read any emails you receive from the university and OISS. As always, for any visa related questions, please email

Know that the university is working to address your diverse and important needs. More information and updates will come out as soon as they are available. Please be assured that the safety and well-being of our campus community is our highest priority and guide every decision we make concerning our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

OISS is thinking about all of you and your families as well as LMU staff and faculty as we all continue to navigate through the unprecedented disruption that current conditions have brought us. We are grateful to the entire LMU community for your patience and flexibility through this time. Please check the LMU COVID19 Website for up-to-date information.

Please read the information below for specific updates for international students:

Travel Signatures

Travel Signatures are valid for twelve months. If you will be traveling outside the U.S. and need a travel signature, please complete the Travel Signature Request Form in MyStatus as soon as possible. OISS staff will process and email electronic I-20s, as allowed by the government during COVID-19. Electronic I-20s with electronic signatures will be honored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporarily.


Student Visa Status
OISS continues to monitor and follow all current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State guidance for our F-1 and J-1 students and exchange visitors. Based on guidance received from DHS’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), we can confirm that student visa status will not be impacted by the emergency transition to distance learning for normally in-person classes. International Students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country. However, please be advised that your F-1 visa regulations still apply, and international students must continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations.

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Loyola Marymount University serves as a resource to the University by ensuring regulatory compliance. OISS provides programs and services that support international LMU's students' and scholars' social, educational and professional success, thereby, creating an engaged global community.

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