Information for International Students

Information for International Students

International students are an integral part of the Babson community.

Their contributions and presence on our campus and in our classrooms, both online and in-person, provide diverse perspectives that enrich our community.

Since the start of the U.S. Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the U.S. government has provided a variety of temporary allowances for international students in order to provide academic continuity and the preservation of students’ immigration status. The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) under Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has not provided official agency communication ahead of the Fall 2021 semester. The Glavin Office’s International Student and Scholar Services team continues to provide updates to our continuing and incoming international students as needed and will keep this page current as information is known.

The information below provides an overview of information specific to travel and immigration. For information regarding other aspects of the Babson student experience, from academics to campus life, please visit the graduate or undergraduate pages.

Last updated Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Incoming F-1 students should proceed with requesting their Form I-20 upon making their deposit so they can apply for an F-1 visa and prepare to enter the U.S. by orientation.  Information can be found at www.babson.edu/isssnew.

While most U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Embassies and Consulates have resumed routine visa services they will vary from country to country.  We recommend that international students pay close attention to their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate re-opening procedures and their process to request earlier visa appointments. Babson has created a visa reporting tool for students to easily keep us updated about their visa appointment information throughout the process. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team will continue to reach out to incoming students ahead of the fall semester or to provide pre-arrival information.

Incoming international students should proceed with requesting their Form I-20 upon making their first deposit so they can apply for an F-1 visa and be ready to enter the U.S. by their program start date. Information can be found at www.babson.edu/isssnew.

While most U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Embassies and Consulates have resumed routine visa services depending on local conditions this will vary from country to country. We recommend that international students pay close attention to their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for procedures and the process to request earlier visa appointments. Babson has created a visa reporting tool for students to easily keep us updated about their visa appointment information throughout the process. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team will continue to reach out to incoming students if any information changes or to provide pre-arrival information.

Below details outline the best advice for students with additional considerations based on your program:

One Year MBA (Summer 2021)

Pre-approval is required for late arrivals past May 18, 2021. Any international student able to arrive to the U.S. by June 8, 2021 (the latest possible date for immigration reporting deadlines) will be considered to maintain immigration status for the summer semester and count toward eligibility for off-campus work authorization. Since off-campus employment authorization eligibility requires two full semesters of presence in the U.S. on a student visa, a delayed arrival until the fall 2021 semester will eliminate eligibility for CPT work authorization, but preserve post-completion OPT work authorization.

Please continue to provide ongoing updates on your student visa process using our Visa Reporting Tool. Log in with your Babson credentials.

Two Year MBA (Fall 2021)

At this time, international students should arrive to the U.S. by the start of orientation on August 30, 2021. Information about possible late arrival allowances will be communicated later. Since off-campus employment authorization eligibility requires two full semesters of presence in the U.S. on a student visa, a delayed arrival until the spring 2022 semester will impact eligibility for CPT work authorization. Further guidance for international students will be communicated to students ahead of the fall semester if information changes.

Please continue to provide ongoing updates on your student visa process using our Visa Reporting Tool. Log in with your Babson credentials.

MSBA / MSF (Fall 2021)

At this time, international students should arrive to the U.S. by the start of orientation on August 30, 2021. Information about possible late arrival allowances will be communicated later. Since off-campus employment authorization eligibility requires two full semesters of presence in the U.S. on a student visa, a delayed arrival until the spring 2022 semester will impact eligibility for CPT work authorization [3-semester students] or post-completion OPT work authorization. Further guidance for international students will be communicated to students ahead of the fall semester if information changes.

Please continue to provide ongoing updates on your student visa process using our Visa Reporting Tool. Log in with your Babson credentials.

MSEL (Fall 2021)

At this time, international students should arrive to the U.S. by the start of orientation on August 30, 2021. Information about possible late arrival allowances will be communicated later but international students must be in the U.S. in F-1 status for the fall and spring semesters to be eligible for off-campus work authorization (Optional Practical Training). Further guidance for international students will be communicated to students ahead of the fall semester if information changes.

Please continue to provide ongoing updates on your student visa process using our Visa Reporting Tool. Log in with your Babson credentials.

Blended Learning MBA Miami (Fall 2021)

International students should arrive to the U.S. and report to Babson Miami to attend F2F classes for the first session. Further guidance for international students will be communicated to students ahead of the fall semester if information changes.

Please continue to provide ongoing updates on your student visa process using our Visa Reporting Tool. Log in with your Babson credentials.

CAM (Fall 2021)

International students should arrive to the U.S. by the start of classes on September 5, 2021. Further guidance for international students will be communicated to students ahead of the fall semester if information changes.

Please continue to provide ongoing updates on your student visa process using our Visa Reporting Tool. Log in with your Babson credentials.

Maintaining Immigration Status

At this time, we are expecting immigration regulations for course allowances to return to normal for the fall 2021 semester. Therefore, students should return to the U.S. by the start of classes and register for a maximum of one (1) 100% online course within the full course of study requirements for their program.

Students planning to take all 100% online courses should speak with an international student advisor by emailing isss@babson.edu or visiting virtual drop-in hours (hours posted at www.babson.edu/isss) to understand possible implications to their immigration status.

ISSS will continue to update students as official guidance is known from the U.S. government.

A standard review of full-time status requirements will be conducted at the start of the semester to ensure that continuing international students are enrolled in a full course of study. An exception of this requirement is for Fall 2021 graduates who are completing their final credits.

International students must report information through the standard address reporting at the start of each semester (using our Immigration Address Reporting Form found on the HUB).

Form I-20s/Travel to the U.S.

Continuing international students who will not have a valid travel signature (less than 12 months old) on their most recent Form I-20 upon re-entry to the U.S. should request a new Form I-20 from ISSS. A new electronic Form I-20 will be issued and emailed to students’ Babson emails as permitted due to COVID-19 allowances. The Form I-20 and travel signature will be valid for the same duration as an ink signature (12 months). Any issued electronic Form I-20 should be printed to show as needed. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are in support of these electronically issued/signed documents for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

For information about what documentation students need to return to the U.S. or to request a new travel signature, visit the ISSS website.

Work Authorization

Continuing students who maintain their immigration status will continue to be eligible for off-campus employment authorization - CPT or OPT.  Graduating students who want to apply for OPT can only apply from within the U.S.

Summer & Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

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As guidance and restrictions due to the Coronavirus are constantly changing, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to re-enter the U.S. due to any restrictions by the U.S. government for health concerns, flight options or the ability to renew a student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. However, if your immigration documents are in order for re-entry to the U.S., and you are still within your program of study you should be able to re-enter using your student visa as you normally would after any vacation or school break (even if it has been more than 5 months.) Never enter the U.S. as a tourist during your program of study. Any continuing student who needs a new travel signature (less than one year old) should request one through ISSS website. Electronically issued Form I-20s (permitted due to COVID-19) should be printed and presented at the U.S. Port of Entry.

 

Travel signatures are valid for 12 months. Any continuing student who needs a new travel signature should request one through the ISSS website. Due to COVID-19 temporary allowances, we are able to issue electronic Form I‐20s which should be printed and used for re-entry to the U.S. These new Form I-20s will remain valid for the validity of the travel signature (12 months).

There may be a limited amount of flexibility for incoming international students to arrive late to the U.S. due to required immigration reporting and course format. Please see allowances above for incoming graduate students based on the program, as students returning from a leave of absence or who are coming to the U.S. for their first semester must follow similar guidance as new students.  Students should pay close attention to their local U.S. Embassy/Consulate re-opening procedures and process to request earlier visa appointments. A number of Babson offices will need to be consulted about the ability for a student to arrive after the start of classes, and decisions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Normal F-1 student immigration regulations permit one online or blended class per semester within the full course of study requirements to maintain status. It is not yet known if there will be continued flexibility from the U.S. government to permit increased online course enrollment. Additional information will be communicated as new information is known.

The primary course format for most Fall 2021 courses will be in person. The U.S. government has not yet released guidance about the ability for international students to be outside the U.S. and maintain active/valid immigration status. ISSS will continue to provide information as it is known and work with students to advise them on their options based on their individual situation.

No, international students cannot study on a tourist visa and entering as such would be a violation of immigration status. Continuing and incoming international students must secure either an F-1 visa or J-1 visa as applicable in order to study in the U.S. and use it for each entry to the U.S. for the duration of your program (even during summer vacations).

The process to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships in the U.S. has been adjusted to accommodate remote processing. View complete information along with updates due to COVID-19 on our website: www.babson.edu/issscpt

Graduating students needing to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) must be in the U.S. to apply. Students should review information and timing considerations at www.babson.edu/isssopt. An online OPT workshop in Canvas must be completed in the final semester in order to start the application process. 

For J-1 students you must also be in the U.S. in order to apply to Academic Training (AT). Learn about AT here.

Congratulations! We are very much excited to welcome you into the Babson community! Please follow the guidance found on The Student Visa Process page as an incoming international student. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team is in contact with all graduate and undergraduate degree-seeking students after their first deposit is received. ISSS will work as quickly as possible to provide your Form I-20 to you. Please review your local visa wait times and U.S. student visa procedures at your local U.S. consulate or embassy. Once you have your Babson Form I-20 you should be able to schedule the first available student visa appointment but may need to request an earlier appointment date later. Students can provide information related to their visa appointment and anticipated arrival date using our Visa Reporting Tool (log in with Babson credentials). 

While information and Massachusetts state guidelines could change over the next few months, currently most domestic and international visitors to Massachusetts need to self- quarantine for 14 days. Babson will determine and communicate testing and symptom reporting procedures for summer and fall semesters.

For additional information and an arrival checklist, please visit the Health Guidelines page of our Return to Campus site. Massachusetts guidelines for travelers can be found on the mass.gov COVID-19 page.

In order to keep your SEVIS immigration record in good/valid standing, students are required to enroll in a minimum number of credits based on their program of study. There are limited exceptions to this requirement; however, students in their final semester can pursue less than a full course load.

  • Undergraduate, MBA and MSEL students need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits.
  • MSF, MSBA and CAM students must be enrolled in at least 9 credits. 

Additional information will be provided to students based on current immigration guidance. Babson will always help and support our international students through this transition if it were to happen.

As Babson anticipates a “full return” for the fall semester, students should arrive by the start of classes, if not earlier to comply with any state of Massachusetts quarantine procedures and Babson testing procedures. For incoming students, a number of Babson offices will need to be consulted with and decisions about late arrivals will be made on a case‐by‐ case basis. New international students should make sure to review information outlined above in the “New, Incoming Graduate Student” or “New, Incoming Undergraduate Student” sections.

International students must be in the U.S. in F-1 status to apply for OPT so students have an active F-1 immigration record, returning to the U.S. would be needed. More information about how to apply for OPT can be found at www.babson.edu/isssopt.

U.S. government temporary allowances due to COVID have permitted international students to maintain their immigraiton status even if outside the U.S. as long as they are enrolled in a full course of study and began their program prior to the Fall 2020 semester. It is unknown if this will continue. ISSS is awaiting further guidance ahead of the fall 2021 semester to know how it will impact international student status and will communicate updates as new information is known.

As long as students remained enrolled in a full course of study and did not take a Leave of Absence from the College, nothing is needed to return to the U.S. for the fall 2021 semester other than making sure your immigration documents are in order. 

For those who took a Leave of Absence during the 2020-2021 academic year, you should have received information from ISSS about what is needed  to return to the U.S..

 

We understand you likely have questions about many areas as they relate to your immigration status. Please know that the ISSS team continues to work with students remotely. While a lot of updated information can be found throughout the Return to Campus site, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) main website and the ISSS Information document (access with Babson credentials) listing ongoing updates to ISSS services and procedures, advising can be done via email, virtual drop-in hours or by appointment.