2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your current immigration status and study under the current coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions.

Updated August 30, 2021

Visa Processing Updates

If you are currently outside the United States and need an F-1 visa stamp to enter the U.S., please use THIS WEBSITE to check the status of your local office for non-emergency visa processing. Please note that some U.S. Consulates/Embassies are renewing F-1 visa stamps without requiring the in-person interview so inquire with the office directly for directions.

Travel Restriction Updates

Currently there are still many countries that have restrictions on non-essential travel for non-citizens. Please visit THIS WEBSITE to see a live interactive map of current travel restrictions. Keep in mind the travel restrictions to enter the country generally only apply if you are NOT a citizen of that country.  As of August 1, 2021, the U.S. has granted NIE (National Interest Exception) for F-1 visa holders from many countries so do not assume you are not eligible to enter if your country is on the restricted entry list.

ISC Hours During COVID

As a reminder the ISC remains open virtually. We are available to you via email, Zoom, and our new chat feature on our website from 1:00pm-3:00pm (PST) Monday through Friday. We also have weekly Zoom "office hours" where you can drop in if you have a question. We are checking mail delivered to our office weekly if you are expecting any documents (such as EAD card or SSN).

You are always welcome to email our general ISC inbox at, or you can contact your assigned immigration advisor directly based on the last digit of your SU ID number (below):


Seattle U ID Number Ends In:

Primary ImmigrationAdvisor


0, 1, 2, and 3

Sabeen Chaudhry

4, 5, and 6

Lauren Albano

J Visa, Law, Doctoral

Dale Watanabe

Vaccination Information

Seattle University has a vaccination requirement and the following information must be followed closely:

Approved Vaccines

International students are encouraged to complete their vaccination series prior to arriving in Seattle and can receive any vaccine currently approved by the World Health Organization, including:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Janssen – Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Serum Institute of India – Covidshield
  • Sinopharm/BIBP (not WIBP)
  • Sinovac


For more information and status of vaccine approvals, please go to the WHO COVID-19 vaccine status.

Vaccine Access in Seattle (After Arrival)

International students who are unable to access one of the accepted vaccines prior to their arrival can complete their vaccination series after arriving in Seattle.  The vaccines currently available in the US include Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. Information about local access to COVID-19 vaccines is available here: More information will be available later about vaccination clinics on campus.

Vaccination Due Date & Registration

All students are required to be fully vaccinated and register their vaccine status no later than September 3, 2021.  However, international students starting their vaccine series after arriving in Seattle must be fully vaccinated no later than Friday, November 5, 2021.  You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Vaccine Registration: Once you have completed your vaccination series, you must register your vaccination status here: COVID-19 Vaccine Registration – COVID-19 Response – Seattle University

Safety Protocols

Until and unless you are fully vaccinated, you must follow these enhanced safety protocols at all times:

  • Face covering:  Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth at all times when indoors. Face coverings are required outdoors for unvaccinated students when you are unable to maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
  • Surveillance testing: You may be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing on-campus.  If you are required to participate in ongoing testing, you will be contacted by email with instructions.
  • Physical distancing: Maintain six feet of physical distance from others at all times.
  • Frequent hand washing: Wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds several times per day.

Required Quarantine & Entry Testing

As a reminder, all international travelers, regardless of immunization status, are required by the State Department to be tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival in the United States. All students arriving from international locations will need to repeat COVID-19 testing 3-5 days after arrival. 

International students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to self-quarantine upon arrival and if their post-arrival COVID-19 test is negative they may end quarantine after 7 days. Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine but will still need to have a post-arrival COVID-19 test. The closest testing site to Campus is at 1300 Columbia. To schedule go to


Helpful Information During the Pandemic

We encourage you to visit these websites for information on university support and how to stay healthy during this pandemic.


With fear around the pandemic, you may have personally experienced harassment. If you are harassed, please report it by calling 911 or using this anonymous online reporting tool from Stop AAPI Hate. We do not tolerate this kind of activity and together we can help stop it.