The Office of International Education (OIE) at Rider University is deeply concerned about your health and safety and sincerely hope that you, your families, and your friends have not been directly impacted. The well-being of Rider’s international students and scholars are our priority.
Rider University Information:
The University is using guidance from local, state and federal public health officials to inform our decision making. Please visit rider.edu/resolved-and-ready for the latest updates. This site is the official source of information about the University’s academic and campus plans for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
OIE knows that as international students and scholars you may have questions and concerns specific to your needs and circumstances. We offer you the opportunity to meet with a OIE staff member by emailing [email protected] to schedule a Zoom meeting.
Our goal is for this page to provide general answers to the questions that may impact you. We seek to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information on documents, travel, visas, and resources.
General Resources for International Students & Scholars
FAQ for Rider’s International Students and Scholars
Questions regarding I-20s and DS-2019s:
- How will the recent guidelines (refer to ICE announcement) impact my ability to attend Rider University?
- Rider University is offering various ways in which students may take classes - from face-to-face to hybrid to online. More information may be found in Rider’s Resolved and Ready plan. ICE will announce more detailed information in the coming weeks, but for now, as long as students take some portion of their courses in a face-to-face or hybrid format, students will be allowed to enter the United States on their F1 Visa.
- Continuing students, please contact the OIE to discuss how these new guidelines may impact your studies: [email protected].
- Initial students, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss how these new guidelines may impact your studies: [email protected].
- How are I-20s and DS-2019s being processed now?
- Rider continues to issue I-20s and DS-2019s to students upon admission to the university. Questions regarding admissions should be directed to [email protected]. Rider will send these documents to you electronically, complete with an electronic signature. Requests for Travel Signatures, Extensions, CPT and OPT should be directed to OIE at [email protected].
- I have received my I-20/DS-2019 but it is an electronic document. Will I need the original document (wet signature) for my visa application or entering the United States?
- No, you do not need the original (wet signature) document for applying for your visa or for entering the United States. The US government is currently accepting electronically signed documents.
- I am a transfer student. When can I expect to receive my documents?
- All documentation will be provided to you electronically. We will issue you a new I-20 for Rider University once your current school has released your SEVIS record to us.
Questions regarding Visa applications:
- Will I encounter delays or difficulties getting a visa appointment?
- The U.S. Department of State has temporarily suspended new visa applications, consequently visa appointments are limited. Please continue to contact the U.S. Consulate/Embassy to which you have applied your visa application to secure an appointment. Please contact the U.S. Consulate nearest you for more information on visa appointments and requirements.
- It is important to stay up-to-date on the list of countries whose citizens may face difficulties entering the United States; these restrictions are constantly changing. Please see the CDC's webpage on current travelers prohibited from entry into the United States for the most up-to-date guidance. Please also refer to the Fragomen immigration update for a comprehensive list of travel restrictions around the world.
- Before making any travel plans, please confirm that neither your destination nor any transit countries have put in place restrictions that could affect your itinerary. In addition, check with your airline to ensure you have the right status to make a layover in other countries.
- What if I cannot get a visa appointment in time to receive my visa and enter the U.S. in time for the fall semester at Rider?
- Please check with your academic coordinator to see if you can begin your classes online for the fall semester.
- If you plan to begin your studies online for the Fall 2020 term, please contact [email protected] so we can defer your start date on your I-20/DS-2019 to the spring 2021 semester.
- What is the latest date I can arrive to start my program if I am delayed by visa issues or travel restrictions?
- Typically the last day to begin classes is one week after the start of the semester, September 4, 2020 for the fall 2020 term.
Other questions related to the fall 2020 semester at Rider University:
- Will I have the option to take courses online from outside the US if I cannot arrive in time for the beginning of the fall semester?
- Please check with your academic advisor for your program. You may also refer to the Resolved and Ready page on Rider’s opening plans for the fall 2020.
- What if I am currently in another immigration status and wish to apply for a change of status to F-1 or J-1 and not travel to get a new visa to return?
- We advise that you speak with an immigration attorney to assist you with applying for a change of status to F-1 or J-1 status. You may search for an immigration attorney through the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). As you will require assistance from Rider University, please email the [email protected] for supporting documentation.
For new International Students
If you are joining Rider this fall 2020, be sure to attend your new student orientation by July 31. View information for admitted students.
For more information on your arrival to Rider University, including airport pickup, orientation, and housing, please refer to your bi-weekly Newsletters and/or contact [email protected].