Current International Students
Vaccinations will be required for all students attending Virginia Tech Fall 2021
Vaccinations will be required for all students attending Virginia Tech in the fall, with exemptions for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs. During the past two semesters, we weathered significant surges in COVID-19 cases in Blacksburg. We did this through robust testing, self-quarantine, masking, and physical distancing. We must do everything possible to avoid repeating the challenges of the last 14 months, and to ensure that students who cannot be vaccinated are able to participate in campus life and in-person learning. It is essential that every student who can be vaccinated, is vaccinated.
Students should visit this site for more information about vaccination requirements, confirming vaccination status, and requesting an exemption. The deadline for students to report that they have received the full course of vaccine doses (one or two, depending on the vaccine) is Aug. 6, 2021. More information can be found on the Cranwell COVID FAQ website and the VT Ready website.
Maintaining Your Status
- Change of Status (COS) - Information regarding what is necessary to change your immigration status, as well as instructions and links for how to do so.
- Extending Your F-1 Status - Steps to apply for an extension of your F-1 status.
- Extending Your J-1 Status - Steps to apply for an extension of your J-1 Status.
- Maintaining Your F-1 & J-1 Status - Important information regarding the necessary academic requirements to maintain your immigration status while in the U.S.
- Reinstatement - Information about, and explanation of process for, how to apply for reinstatement if you have violated your immigration status.
- Transfer Procedures - If you plan on transferring to or from Virginia Tech, please review the information on this link, as it explains how to have your SEVIS record transferred to or from Virginia Tech. (NC)
Things to know while in the U.S.
- Employment - Information about different employment options for F-1 and J-1 students, including all necessary application forms. It also includes other work-related information, such as how to obtain a social security number and information about taxes.
- Travel - Requirements for traveling within and outside of the U.S., information about travel signatures, traveling while on OPT, and links to other countries' embassy websites for visa requirements.
- Taxes - Information regarding W-2 forms and tax treaty benefits.
Resources for living in the U.S.
Important information about things you will need to know once you are living in the United States. The links provided below explain how to obtain a driver's license, social security number, and cell phone service, how to open a bank account, how to search for housing, and how to find a doctor or hospital. Other useful resources are also provided to help you upon your arrival in the U.S.
- Area Airports - Information on the three nearest airports to the Northern Virginia Center.
- Banking in the U.S. - Documents necessary to open a bank account, as well as banks that do not require social security numbers to open accounts.
- Cell Phones - Information about prepaid plans and contract cell phone plans.
- Climate and Weather - A brief overview on the types of weather you will experience in the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. area.
- Department of Motor Vehicles - How to obtain a driver's license or state identification card.
- Doctors, Urgent Care, and Area Hospitals - Information on how to find a local doctor (whether you have the student Aetna insurance plan or not), and explanation of the difference between visiting a doctor, urgent care, or hospital.
- Housing - Resources to help you locate housing in the National Capital Region.
- Social Security Numbers - Instructions for obtaining a social security number
- Transportation - Information about area transportation.
Phone: +1 (703) 538-8326
Fax: +1 (703) 538-8320
Nothern Virginia Center
Attn: International Advisor
7054 Haycock Rd
Falls Church, VA 22043