COVID-19 resources for international students: August 2020

by Juliet Terrill | In Pick of the month, Immigration Assistance and Information | 18 August 2020

Welcome to the third edition of our COVID-19 resources! MPOWER is passionate about continuing to provide help to our students during this crisis. Please find our previous month’s resources in our other blog posts here and here.

Take a look at our latest student newsletter below, please share with anyone that could benefit, and stay tuned for better times ahead.

Immigration/Visa: Will COVID-19 affect my visa status?

Stay up to date on the most recent changes to immigration regulations for new visa applications in the U.S. and new restrictions for fall online students. To learn more, visit these two links (1) and (2) from our Global Immigration Partners.

Will Fall 2020 classes start? If so, will they be online or on campus?

Has your campus released plans for Fall 2020 yet? Are you nervous about heading back to school? Read this article to learn what changes you should expect to see implemented in your fall semester.

How can MPOWER assist me in finding a job in the U.S.?

Check out Indeed.com for tons of job search tips, including this article about graduating into a COVID-19 workforce. 

DACA Updates:

The most recent DACA decision is a relief to many students and families. MPOWER is proud to provide loans and scholarships to DACA students in the U.S. Check out this article to learn more about the decision and which U.S. universities supported the case.

Can MPOWER help me refinance my student loans?

Non-U.S. citizens can refinance and consolidate their student loans! Read this helpful article explaining refinance to see if you’re eligible. 

I need funding for this semester and/or I will not be needing funds for Spring 2021.

Be sure to check out UNIGO for a great list of scholarship opportunities. You can search by country, degree type, major, extracurriculars, and more! Head to their website here, and good luck!

Miscellaneous fun ones/other resources: What can I do to have fun at home?

  • Check out this great list from Yale with ways to stay active at home! 
  • In need of inspiration? Watch a few videos from this new TED Talk series: TED Connects! Topics include musical wizardry, coronavirus in India, and a quest for a vaccine. 
  • Restaurants are starting to open back in some places! Be sure to stay safe if you choose to eat out- watch this video from CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for tips. 

Events (i.e. webinars): 

  • Webinar on COVID-19 and Finding a Job in the U.S.
    MPOWER hosted a webinar with Newton Porter from CareerScore. Watch the recording to learn how COVID-19 has affected job hunting in the U.S. for international students and the best way forward. You can find the recording here.
  • Webinar on COVID-19 and the U.S. Healthcare System for International Students

We hosted another informational webinar for students on healthcare! Click the link to learn how you can make the most of your health insurance plan as an international student. We were joined by Jennifer Frankel who has helped thousands of students over the last 11 years select the best health insurance. You can watch the recording here

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