Correct as of 10.04.2021 at 06:00 (CDT)

What are the current U.S. policies on securing a student visa?The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information. This website includes health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions.

Review the U.S. government’s website to learn more about securing a student visa. You should check the status of visa services at your nearest embassy or consulate. Visit to learn more.

In September 2021, the Department of State has announced in-person interviews may be waived for F, M, and academic J visa applicants through the end of 2021. Read the U.S. Department of State’s announcement.
What is the latest US health guidance on COVID-19?The official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates provide the very latest information on health guidance. You should review the CDC website for the latest information about COVID-19 guidance.
Am I required to have a COVID-19 vaccination to enter the USA?The CDC recommends that you be fully vaccinated before traveling internationally. This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines and those vaccines that have been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Visit the WHO website for more information about WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

All air passengers coming to the USA, including fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the USA. For further details, visit the CDC website.
If I am unable to get a COVID-19 vaccination in my home country, can I receive one when I arrive in the USA?Everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination for free in the USA. Visit to find a vaccine location near campus.
Am I required to be vaccinated before starting classes at James Madison University?James Madison University currently requires all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Visit JMU’s website for more details here.
How can I find out more about JMU’s policies and procedures regarding COVID-19?Visit JMU’s website for the latest updates about COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Additional Information

Student wellbeing is always our top priority and we understand this is a challenging period for you. Students are always welcome to speak with any member of our team at the International Study Center for support. Contact Center Director Jennifer Little ( if you have any questions.

Alternatively, you can send inquiries to