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The Kearney Center has compiled all the most important information for this week in one place! We want to make finding information easy for you, so we've put all important announcements here in this of the Kearney Center Current Student Newsletter. Watch for the monthly newsletter at the beginning of each month! You can find this edition and others on the Kearney Center website.

Updates: June 29-July 6, 2020 

Important Message from President Davenport

Good morning,
I wanted to take a moment today to update you on a decision I have made to help international students who are facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students have asked that we consider making changes to the way health insurance premiums are charged.
After consulting with international students, cabinet, and the System Office, I am pleased to announce changes to the international student health insurance premium process. This change will be in effect for this year:
The international student health insurance premiums of $1,801 that were due to the university in full by late July may this year be paid in two installments, $901 due early August and the remaining $900 due mid-December.
Full details of the change will be posted on the Kearney Center for International Student Services web site and emailed to all students when they are settled.
I pledge that our university will continue to listen and respond as best we can to your needs. And we will continue working to support all of our students during this crisis. We are proud of our university’s record of creating a welcoming campus for international students. We are glad you are here as valued members of our university community.
Kind regards,
Richard Davenport

Message from Dean Dahlman 

As you have heard, we will be using FlexSync as the instructional method on campus in the fall.  We want to hear from you students and what you need for supports to be successful in that environment so we can train faculty to be the best instructors in this environment as can be. Please respond to this 10-question survey. Many students have already responded across campus, and I want to make sure that we also hear from international students:
Thanks for your feedback. The survey is closing soon so please respond. We will use your feedback training faculty.

Need to Print?

Do you need to print your I-20, Economic Hardship or OPT forms, but don't know where to print? Find out how to print on-campus with these COVID-19 Friendly directions.

Kearney Center Open Sessions

Every Wednesday, Kearney Center staff will be available to talk through concerns, questions and policies for one hour. Find more information on our calendar.

Food Assistance

The Kearney Center updates our social media frequently with offers and help that we hear about. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out the most updated information.
Go to Kearney Center's COVID-19 Website

Immigration Updates

  • If you GRADUATED on 05/08/2020, your 60-day grace periods ends on 07/06/2020. Before your grace period you can do any of the following:
    • Apply for Post-Completion OPT; OR
    • Transfer out your SEVIS record to another institution; OR
    • Apply for another visa type; OR
    • Change your educational level at MSU-Mankato; OR
    • Depart the United States by 07/06/2020.
    • ***Please note: If no action is done to your SEVIS record, it will auto-complete on 07/06/2020
  • Traveling: If you are planning on traveling internationally during this time, please make sure you meet with your immigration advisor to talk about travel considerations and travel restrictions. The COVID-19 FAQ site will contain information on travel restrictions, quarantine and more by Monday, July 6.
  • Need a Currently Enrolled Letter?: You can request a currently enrolled letter online. Once you submit the form, you will receive a letter within 3-5 business days. 
  • Summer Advising Hours Posted: 
  • NOTICE about KCISS Forms: If you have a KCISS form that needs to be processed (i.e. I-20 Travel Request, CPT form, OPT request, Transfer Out request, etc…), please send your immigration advisor an email with your fully completed form, and any other necessary documents (if applicable). Please allow 3-5 business days to have your documents processed. KCISS Forms can be found HERE.
  • Fall 2020 registration: Fall 2020 registration is open—you may need to meet with you academic advisor to obtain your individual access code in order to register for the Fall 2020 semester. For undergraduate students, you must enroll in at least 12 credits. For graduate students, you must enroll in at least 6 credits to maintain your full-time student status.
  • Expired I-765 Form Notice: On 05/31/2020 the I-765 Form expired and USCIS has not updated the form. Since the USCIS form has expired without an updated form being issued they have continued to accept the old form. If you are filing the I-765 Form, make sure that you use the edition date of 12/26/19, found at the bottom of the I-765 form. See the statement below regarding the Edition Date from the USCIS website:

Campus Updates

Virtual Town Hall Series 

President Davenport has invited the campus community to join him and the president's Cabinet in a series of Virtual Town Hall events via Zoom. The Virtual Town Hall series is part of an ongoing effort to maintain communication across campus and discuss topics of interest.

Upcoming Undergraduate Student Town Halls

Tuesday, July 9, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Graduate Student Town Halls

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Return to Learn

Stay informed and updated on Fall 2020 announcements and information at the Return to Learn website. This link will bring you to every announcement that has been sent out by the University administration.

Remote Access to a Doctor!

When MSU Health Services is closed, you have a remote option through your insurance plan to talk to a doctor.  It is HealthiestYou Telehealth.  1-855-870-5858    You will need your insurance ID number which is on your card or your account with UHC Student Resources.  This is free for anybody on UHCSR.    To access your card, go to    This is a great option for nights, weekends, winter break or when you are traveling.

COVID-19 Hotline 

If you have concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), please call the student health services hotline at (507) 389-5591 to discuss your symptoms. They also have a COVID self-check on your Patient Portal to enter symptoms and receive advice.  If it has been determined that you should be tested for COVID-19, the International Student Insurance is waiving any deductible or copay costs. 
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