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Recent Updates & FAQs

The staff in International Student Services knows that our students have many questions about the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On this page you will find answers to common questions as well as other resources to help you.

Thanksgiving Break Guide

RIT’s Thanksgiving Break Guide is now live. This includes holiday schedules for on-campus dining, RIT transportation, etc. For off-campus restaurants and RTS bus schedules, please check those websites directly for holiday schedules. Local supermarkets also have reduced hours. For example, Wegmans closes at 4PM on Thanksgiving day, but is otherwise open.

ISS Open Advising (Zoom room) will not be open Wednesday, Nov. 24th through Friday, Nov. 26th.
Our normal schedule resumes Monday, Nov. 29th.
For Emergency needs, please contact RIT Public Safety. Phone: (585) 475-3333 or Text: (585) 205-8333

New Fraud Advisory and ISS Summer Schedule

Important Communication to Indian Students

Campus Employment Opportunities


Spring 2021 Procedures for New and Returning Students

OPT Receipt Delays

Do You Need a Travel Signature?

Spring Registration Information

Important Information about Upcoming Travel

Information about Spring Arrival

Change in Quarantine Rules After International Travel

Guidance for Online Study Limits/Flexibility


Frequently Asked Questions


Recent Guidance from ICE (Immigration)


ISS Email Updates

  • Nov. 1, 2021RIT off-campus MCC Express update. International Travel FAQs.
  • July 15, 2020 July 6 ICE directive rescinded, July 10 Fall 2020 FAQ rescinded
  • July 10, 2020 Required F-1 Student Fall 2020 Update (NOTE: The email is from International Student Services <>)
  • July 8, 2020 President Munson's response to July 6 ICE directive
  • July 7, 2020 Fall 2020 enrollment guidelines from the Student Exchange Visitor Program
  • June 26, 2020 Portal compliance (OPT and STEM OPT ), Presidential Proclamation on work visas, visa revocations
  • June 17, 2020 FAQ for fall arrivals, orientation, housing & check-in
  • May 26, 2020 Tax Webinars, OPT processing, ISS response times & mail, and virtual walk-ins
  • May 3, 2020  Tax returns, updating your address, stimulus payments, OPT processing and contacting ISS
  • April 17, 2020 Virtual Connections with CaPS, Stimulus Checks, Message for Students from India (from Indian Embassy)
  • April 10, 2020 Lost Employment
  • March 23, 2020 New Processes in International Student Services
  • March 16, 2020 International Student FAQ


RIT Resources

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