The international student advisor provides support to foreign students who are studying at NHCC on an F-1 student visa (or F-1 students, for short).  If you are a current F-1 student at NHCC and could benefit from any of advising services listed below, please contact the international student advisor.

COVID-19 Information

  • Classes

    How will classes be taught?

    • NHCC instructors are developing ways to move classes online. This means classes that were completely in person, or that were blended/hybrid, will be redesigned. There may be a few classes where limited visits to campus are still required (example: nursing clinical courses). Your instructors will send updates and instructions to your NHCC email, so monitor that frequently.

    When are classes and assignments scheduled to resume?

    • Classes in progress before Spring Break are scheduled to resume on Monday, March 30. Assignments due between March 16-29 are also postponed until March 30. If you have questions about assignments, contact your instructor. If your instructor is still telling you that assignments are due, you may contact the Dean of that academic department. The Dean will follow up with your instructor.

    When are late-start classes scheduled to begin?

    • Classes scheduled to begin March 16-29 are scheduled to begin March 30.
  • F-1 Status

    Aren’t there limits on how many online credits or classes an F-1 student can take?

    • Under normal circumstances, F-1 students can take up to 3 credits online each fall and spring semesters. However, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which oversees F-1 students, recognizes that this is an unprecedented time and has made an exception to allow F-1 students to maintain their status while also maintaining their full course load of 12+ credits, even if all credits move to online course delivery.
    • All students are expected to maintain a full course load of 12+ credits, regardless of the course delivery type.

    Can I remain in the U.S. during this time?

    • You may remain in the U.S., even if all your classes are switched to being online. You will still need to maintain a full course load of 12+ credits.

    Can I travel home during this time?

    • SEVP is permitting students to return home while maintaining their F-1 status. You may only return home if you are maintaining your full course load of 12+ credits. Students who return home and do not maintain 12 credits during this time will be considered out of status and terminated accordingly. This would impact your ability to return for fall.
    • If you intend to travel home, please contact international@nhcc.edu to receive an updated I-20 with travel endorsement on the second page. NHCC needs to note why you are travelling outside of the U.S. in the middle of the semester as that is generally not permitted. You will receive information on when to pick up your new I-20.

    Can I go below 12 credits or withdraw from classes?

    • SEVP still expects students to maintain a full course load of 12+ credits during this time. Withdrawing from classes will generally not be permitted. If you feel you have a circumstance that requires you to go below 12 credits, please contact your international student advisor to see what options may exist.
  • Campus hours and offices

    Is NHCC still open?

    • As of now, NHCC is open, but operating hours have changed. Limited services will be available on campus. Most offices are operating remotely and many are not open to the public. The Information Center is open at this time.
    • Campus hours and student services availability: 10:00am-6:30pm Monday-Thursdays; Closed on Fridays-Sundays.
    • Large events of 50 or more people are currently canceled through May 10, 2020 (through the end of spring semester). This includes NHCC’s commencement ceremony.

    Advising Center and meetings?

    • The Advising Center is open remotely Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00am-6:30pm. This means Advisors are not on campus, but are still working from their homes. Appointments will only be available via phone or Zoom. Please call us at 763-424-0703 to set up an appointment, or use Navigate to schedule a meeting.

    Admissions & Outreach Office and Information Center?

    • The Admissions & Outreach office staff are working remotely as well. The Information Center does remain open between 10:00am-6:30pm Monday through Thursday. The Information Center is typically where your updated I-20 will be left for you to pick up.
  • Insurance

    What COVID-19 related items does my insurance cover?

    • If an international student is exposed to COVID-19, they need to call UHCSR (United HealthCare Student Resources), visit uhcsr.com/MyAccount, or use their UHCSR mobile app to find a network provider.
    • You do not need a referral to be tested and treated for COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is covered and copays, coinsurance, and deductibles will be waived for testing provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines.
    • UHCSR is also offering an emotional support helpline for students. You can access this helpline by calling their toll-free number, 866-342-6892. This line will be operated by trained mental health specialists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 or test positive for it?

    If an international student suspects they have been exposed to COVID-19, they are to call UHCSR or visit uhcsr.com/MyAccount or use their UHCSR mobile app to find a network provider. You do not need a referral to be tested and treated for COVID-19 anywhere. COVID-19 testing is covered and copays, coinsurance, and deductibles will be waived for testing provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    Please email international@nhcc.edu to update staff regarding your situation. Staff will follow up with you and advise you of your next steps.

  • Travel

    Can I travel home during this time?

    • SEVP is permitting students to return home while maintaining their F-1 status. You may only return home and keep your if you are maintaining your full course load of 12+ credits. Students who return home and do not maintain 12 credits during this time will be considered out of status and terminated accordingly.

    Do you recommend I travel home during this time?

    • Many countries are enacting travel restrictions or bans on anyone entering their borders. You will need to check travel restrictions with your home country to determine your plan. It is your decision, but be aware you may have issues traveling back to the United States if this situation stays the same or gets worse before fall semester starts.

    How do I return to the U.S. if I choose to return home for the remainder of the semester?

    • If you intend to travel home, please contact international@nhcc.edu for an updated I-20. NHCC needs to note why you are travelling outside of the U.S. in the middle of the semester as that is generally not permitted. You will receive information on when you may pick up your new I-20 after contacting us. Please check travel restrictions with your home country to determine if returning home is a good plan for you.
  • Resources

International Advising Services include:

  • Special orientation activities for new students
  • Weekly time to advise students
  • Occasional workshops at all-campus events

Areas of international student advising expertise include:

  • How to maintain F-1 Status
  • How to apply for Optional Practical Training
  • How to apply for Off-Campus Employment Authorization based on Economic Hardship
  • How to satisfy the Minn State International Insurance requirement
  • How to secure on-campus work or institutional scholarships
  • How to transfer the SEVIS record from NHCC to another school
  • How to apply for a Social Security Number
  • What documents are needed to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad