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Welcome to Spring 2024
Please note the following updates for the Spring 2024 semester:
  • Drop-Ins for quick questions in-person are available Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM and Wednesdays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, except for University holidays and closures. We do not have virtual drop-ins available this semester.
  • Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays, except for University holidays. If the University is closed but operating on remote work, then your scheduled appointment will be held.
Important updates to Marymount ISSS services 05/01/2023
Effective May 1, 2023, ISSS will have the following important updates to our services:
  • The ISSS office will be open in summer Monday-Thursday 9 am-4 pm and Friday 9 am-1 pm.  Inquiries submitted outside of these hours will be addressed within three business days.
  • All Walk-In Hours and one-on-one advising appointments will be unavailable.  Immigration inquiries should be addressed to the ISSS office via email ( and/or phone (703-526-6922).  The office will remain staffed by ISSS Peer Advisors to assist you.
    • If you call and it goes to voicemail, it means we are busy helping other students.  Please leave a message including your full name, MU ID number, phone number, and reason for your call.  ISSS will respond to your inquiry by call or email.
  • Processing requests submitted to ISSS will continue to be processed within 7-10 business days.  Please be aware of this timeline and submit your requests in advance.  Continually following up will result in the delay of all processing for all international students.

As always, you can find the answers to many of your questions on the ISSS website, which now features a search feature for your convenience!  For best results, start by searching the ISSS website for your questions.
Fall 2023 Enrollment and your F-1 status 3/21/2023 Announcement, with Fall 2023 enrollment opening soon, ISSS would like to provide you a few reminders to help you register for classes and maintain your F-1 status!
Proof of Negative COVID Test for China, Hong Kong, Macau 1/5/2023 CDC has announced that it will implement a requirement for a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery for air passengers boarding flights to the United States originating from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

If you have a Chinese passport, you may be requested to present a negative COVID-19 test or documented proof of recovery.

This requirement goes into affect starting January 5th, 2023. For more information, please visit the CDC website
ISSS will be Remote for Summer 2022 6/28/2022 Due to construction in Rowley, ISSS will be moving to fully remote services starting July 1, 2022.

At this time, we do not know the end date of this situation, but will update our students as soon as we have more information.

ISSS will continue to offer Virtual Walk In Hours on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am EST and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST.

You can also schedule a virtual appointment to meet with an ISSS Advisor.

Always feel free to send ISSS an email at

If you have an urgent situation that requires in-person services, ISSS will have an on-campus presence on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm EST in Rowley 1004G.
Fall 2022 Registration and your Immigration Record 4/26/2022
The current F-1 guidance has been extended and remains in effect for the 2022/2023 Academic year.

If you are currently in the U.S., ISSS recommends that you always register for as many hybrid or face-to-face (F2F) classes as you can, especially if your F-1 status began in Fall 2020 or after.

Fall 2022 and Online Classes

If you have not yet registered and you intend to enroll at Marymount University for the Fall 2022 semester, please follow these guidelines to enroll in classes:

If your current SEVIS record was active on or before March 9, 2020, you may enroll in a fully online course load.
If your current SEVIS record was active after March 9, 2020, you must enroll in at least one hybrid or fully face-to-face course.

Full Course of Study

Remember you are also required to register for a full course of study:
For Graduate students: 9 credits or more
For Undergraduate students: 12 credits or more

If you will be unable to register for a full course of study, make sure you receive the appropriate approval from ISSS.  You are not permitted to stay in the US on an F-1 visa unless you are either enrolled full time, or have one of the appropriate approvals: