Obtaining a visa
While many U.S. Embassies and Consulates are currently closed for routine visa processing, the U.S. Department of State has announced that visa services will resume soon. Generally speaking, the U.S. consular service prioritizes processing of student visas.
We encourage you to regularly check the consular section of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your region, as local safety regulations and protocols will influence visa appointment processes and availability.
See our latest information on visa- and travel-related updates.
Traveling to Bloomington
We realize that international travel may pose a challenge to some students for many reasons at this time.
- Students may qualify for a National Interest Exception: The U.S. Department of State indicated that students qualify for a National Interest Exception to the Presidential Proclamations that suspended entry for individuals that had been in certain countries. Thus, students from all countries should be able to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before your program start date as long as your program start date is on or after August 1, 2021. See our latest information on visa- and travel-related updates.
- Assistance with late arrival: You should try to arrive by the date on your immigration document, which is August 11. However, we will assist students who are unable to arrive by that date on a case-by-case basis.
- COVID-19 vaccinations: IU is requiring all students to have a COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines authorized by the FDA and/or World Health Organization meet IU's requirement. If you are not fully vaccinated by the time you arrive, you will be able to obtain the vaccine at IU. Learn more about IU's requirement.
Undergraduate students also have the following options. Graduate students should work with their department to review if there are any deferral options for them.
- Deferral for up to one year: You can defer your admission for one or two semesters. Global Engagement Scholarship offers made for fall 2021 admission will be honored if you choose to defer. Direct Admission into specific programs may be re-assessed, depending on your area of study.
- Enrollment Deposit Refund: if you are not able to attend for any visa- or COVID-related travel issues, we will fully refund your $100 enrollment deposit.