Enrollment Decision Questionnaire – Spring 2022

Before You Start

J-1 Students; Continuing J-1 students with an active SEVIS record may enroll in all online classes while in the U.S. or outside the U.S. You must enroll in a full-time course of study to maintain J-1 status. Contact the ISS: issmanoa@hawaii.edu for other circumstances. You must maintain adequate health insurance coverage for you and your dependents for the duration of your J-1 program.

Post Completion OPT Students: F-1 students on post-completion OPT program and not enrolled in courses at the university in Spring 2022 are not required to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire – Spring 2022. If you are currently on post-completion OPT with intent to change your plans, please contact issmanoa@hawaii.edu  to discuss your options.

Cancel/Withdraw - Incoming students planning to cancel their attendance or continuing students planning to withdraw from the university need not read through the entire questionnaire. Cancelling and Withdrawing students cannot keep their F-1/J-1 status and cannot enter the U.S. on a F-1/J-1 Visa, must leave if they are currently in the U.S. on an F-1/J-1 Visa, and will have to re-apply for admission into the university and for visa if they wish to attend the university in the future. Please contact us at issmanoa@hawaii.edu to notify us of your plan to cancel or withdraw from the University. 

Introduction

The Enrollment Decision Questionnaire – Spring 2022 is a short questionnaire that provides information about your student classification  (i.e., new, transfer, continuing) and enrollment (i.e., enroll in person/online, online and out of country, defer, cancel) status for the Spring 2022 semester. Specific guidance will be provided for each student classification and enrollment outcome. At the end, you will be linked to an Enrollment Decision Form – Spring 2022 which will provide us with your information and your status for our records.

Instructions

Below is a series of questions with multiple possible answers.

For each question,  please take note of the letters associated with each  answer and look in the results section.  The accumulation of letters will denote your specific outcome.

See the example below:

Question 1 Answer = EN

Question 2 Answer = TR

Question 3 Answer = OUT

(Please separate question’s codes with a dash “-” character and NO spaces as shown here)

Your code = EN-TR-OUT

Questions

1. Do you plan to enroll for the Spring 2022 semester?

  • EN - I plan to enroll with credits either in person and/or online
  • NT - I do not plan to enroll and need assistance in what to do next without cancelling or withdrawing.

2. Based on your international student status, what is your current student classification?

  • NI - I am currently classified as starting my F-1/J-1 program (with valid I-20/DS-2019) in Spring 2022 as a New Initial Student.
  • TR - I am currently classified as transferring into UHM for Spring 2022 as a transfer student.
  • CO - I am currently classified as continuing my F-1/J-1 program as a continuing student who may be:
    • A student who has NOT previously deferred entry into the U.S. and studied from outside the U.S. (see OT)
    • Transitioning from an UHM undergraduate program to an UHM graduate program (Change of Level)
  • OT - I do not meet any of the previous classifications, I am an Other type who may be: 
    • In a previous semester, I was a transfer student who decided to defer my program and leave the U.S.

(SKIP Question 3 if you answered NT for Question 1)
3. Are you planning to come into the US?

  • IN - I am planning to physically enter the U.S.
  • OUT - I am not planning to enter the U.S. and will not be taking any classes that require in-person attendance.

Results

Below is a list of the possible outcomes based on the 3 questions.

Click on the result, based on your answers, to see information and required actions for you based on your enrollment decisions.

Please Note: If you picked OT - Other for question 2 that is listed on it's own for any combination of answers for Questions 1 and 3.

Information

EN-NI-IN

You have identified as a new student coming into the U.S. to attend the University for Spring 2022.

New international students arriving from abroad and beginning F-1 or J-1 status at UH Manoa upon entry to the U.S., are considered “New Initial Students”. 

Please be aware of the following items, some of which require your actions:

  1. You are required to follow all state and federal requirements in regards to Quarantine and Clearances upon arrival in the U.S. Please see the  ISS COVID-19 Information for International Student and UH Travel Information related to COVID-19. 
  2. As a student coming into the U.S. for your program, you are required to pass all Health Clearances with the University Health Services Mānoa.
  3. Students coming into the U.S. are required to also have approved Health Insurance. Please see our page on Frequently Asked Questions for Health Insurance for more information. Please note: For F-1 students, Health Insurance Clearance is handled by the Student Health Insurance Office.
  4. Follow the English Language Institute (ELI) placement test guidelines to remove your ELI registration hold if you have them.
  5. New (i.e. Initial) students to the UH Mānoa campus are required to complete the ISS Visa Clearance process upon arrival into the U.S.
  6. New (i.e. Initial) Students are required to be enrolled in at least one in-person or hybrid class and maintain full-time course of study to maintain valid F-1 status:
    1. Undergraduate = 12cr minimum 
    2. Graduate = 8cr minimum
    3. Graduate with Grad Assistantship = 6cr minimum
    4. Students who cannot enroll in at least one in-person or hybrid class will need to talk with their academic advisors for possible options.
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-NI-IN as your enrollment decision code.

EN-NI-OUT

You have identified as a new student planning to enroll in classes while remaining outside of the U.S. for Spring 2022.

Please be aware of the following items, some of which require your actions:

  1. You are not entering the U.S. this semester and you will be deferring the start of your I-20 form to the Fall 2022 semester.
  2. You will be able to enroll in online classes from outside of the U.S. as a student of UH Mānoa but will not have F-1 or J-1 privileges during the deferred semester.
  3. You CANNOT enter the U.S. anytime during the Spring 2022 semester.
    1. The earliest you will be able to enter the U.S. will be the 30 days before your deferred I-20 form start date. 
    2. Failure to follow this may risk your status and ability to enter the U.S. in the future.
  4. New graduate/teaching/research assistants should inform their hiring department that they will not have a valid F-1 status for the Spring 2022 semester and cannot be eligible to begin their assistantship remotely from abroad. 
  5. Students expected to come in this semester may have a Hold related to "Health Insurance Clearance" (i.e.,  "IH Hold") on their account. Per your plan to remain outside of the U.S., the ISS will contact the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO) to request for a waiver.  Select Health Insurance Waiver in the Enrollment Decision Form linked below.
  6. The ISS will push your Visa Clearance Hold to Fall 2022. You are not required to complete the Visa Clearance process for Spring 2022
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-NI-OUT as your enrollment decision code.

EN-TR-IN  

You have identified as a transfer student coming into or already in the U.S. to attend the University for Spring 2022.

Please be aware of the following items, some of which require your actions:

  1. Follow all state of Hawaii and federal travel and quarantine requirements. Please see the ISS COVID-19 Information for International Student and UH Travel Information pages for COVID-19 related information
  2. Complete the University Health Clearance requirements with the University Health Services Mānoa.
  3. Submit proof of mandatory adequate health insurance coverage to the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO) to update your health insurance hold.
  4. Follow the English Language Institute (ELI) placement test guidelines to remove your ELI registration hold.
  5. Must complete the ISS  Visa Clearance process upon arrival into the U.S. or if you are already in the U.S. after receiving your I-20 from our office.
  6. You may enroll in any course format but must enroll in a full-time course of study: 
    1. Undergraduate = 12cr minimum
    2. Graduate = 8cr minimum
    3. Graduate with Graduate Assistantship = 6cr minimum.
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-TR-IN as your enrollment decision code.

EN-TR-OUT

You have identified as a student transferring to UH Manoa for the Spring 2022 semester.

You will be able to complete the ISS Visa Clearance process PRIOR to departing the US and are planning to enroll from outside the U.S..

There are two paths a student can take with this status, read below for more information.

If you are currently in the U.S., you have the opportunity to complete Visa Clearance registration with us in advance and convert to a “Continuing Student”. Doing so will result in the following:

  • You will be able to maintain your SEVIS record and I-20 document for the semester and beyond. 
  • Transfer students who do not complete this Visa Clearance process will have their SEVIS record auto-terminated and will need to contact the ISS Office prior to coming in to arrange request reactivation of your account.
Completing Visa Clearance:

Here is a list of required action items for students wishing to complete  VISA Clearance while in the U.S.:

  1. Completing the ISS Visa Clearance so that the ISS may register your SEVIS record  PRIOR to your departure from the U.S.
  2. Once your SEVIS record is registered, you may enroll in a fully online course format but must be enrolled in a full-time course of study to maintain F-1 status: 
    1. Undergrad = 12cr minimum
    2. Graduate = 8cr minimum
    3. Graduate with Grad Assistantship = 6cr minimum.
  3. Follow the English Language Institute (ELI) placement test guidelines to remove your ELI registration hold.
  4. New graduate/teaching/research assistants should inform their hiring department that they plan to remain outside of the U.S. for all or most of the Spring 2022 semester.- new graduate/teaching/research assistants may not be able to be hired if they remain outside of the US. 
  5. Your health insurance coverage options:
    1. Adequate health insurance coverage is required if you plan to enter the U.S. on an F-1 status sometime during the Spring 2022 semester. Submit proof of adequate health insurance coverage and repatriation and medical evacuation coverage to the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO) to update your health insurance hold.
    2. You may choose to waive the mandatory health insurance coverage requirements if you remain outside the U.S. for the entire Spring 2022 semester. Select Health Insurance Waiver in the Enrollment Decision Form linked below. The ISS will contact the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO) to request for a health insurance waiver for Spring 2022
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-TR-OUT as your enrollment decision code and include whether will be/have completed Visa Clearance in the comment field of the survey.

Not Completing Visa Clearance:

Transfer students students who CANNOT COMPLETE ISS VISA CLEARANCE PRIOR TO DEPARTING THE U.S. cannot maintain a valid F-1 record/status. Below are a list of required action items for students NOT in the U.S.:

  1. Your SEVIS record will auto-terminate; you cannot enter the U.S. on a terminated F-1 status during the Spring 2022 semester. 
  2. You CANNOT enter the U.S. anytime during the Spring 2022 semester.
    1. The earliest you may be able to enter the U.S. will be the 30 days before fall 2022 start date (if you are issued a new initial I-20 form), or within 60 days before fall 2022 start date if your terminated I-20 form is reactivated by SEVIS per request through the ISS office.
    2. Failure to follow this may risk your status and ability to enter the U.S. in the future.
  3. You may enroll fully online for the Spring 2022 semester. You may need to request for reactivation of your terminated I-20 form or receive a new I-20 form from the ISS office for the Fall 2022 semester
  4. New graduate/teaching/research assistants should inform their hiring department that they will not have a valid F-1 status for the Spring 2022 semester and may not be eligible to begin their assistantship remotely from abroad.
  5. You will have to make an appointment with one of the ISS advisors in early June to talk about the re-entry process to the U.S. in the future.
  6. Select Health Insurance Waiver in the Enrollment Decision Form linked below. The ISS will contact the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO) to request for a health insurance waiver for Spring 2022.
  7. The ISS will push your Visa Clearance hold forward to the Fall 2022 semester.
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-TR-OUT as your enrollment decision code and include whether will be/have completed Visa Clearance in the comment field of the survey.

EN-CO-IN

You are classified as a continuing student enrolling while in the U.S. for a majority of the semester.

Please be aware of the following items, some of which require your actions:

  1. Follow state and federal requirements in regards to Quarantine and Clearances if traveling. Please see ISS COVID-19 Information For International Students and UH Travel Information, including links to important external resources.
  2. As a continuing student from Fall 2021 with an active SEVIS record, you will have the same flexibility to enroll in Spring 2022 as you did for Fall 2021. You may choose to enroll in any combination of in-person or online classes but must maintain a full time course of study: 
    1. Undergrad = 12cr minimum  
    2. Graduate = 8cr minimum
    3. Graduate with Grad Assistantship = 6cr minimum.
  3. Maintain adequate health insurance coverage for the Spring 2022 semester.
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-CO-IN as your enrollment decision code.

EN-CO-OUT

EN-CO-OUT

You are classified as a continuing student enrolling outside of the U.S. for the semester.

Please be aware of the following items, some of which require your actions::

  1. You are required to maintain a U.S. Address in MyUH as your mailing address. 
  2. As a continuing student from Fall 2021 with an active SEVIS record, you will have the same flexibility to enroll in Spring 2022 as you did for Fall 2021. You may choose to enroll in any combination of in-person or online classes but must maintain a full time course of study: 
    1. Undergrad = 12cr minimum  
    2. Graduate = 8cr minimum
    3. Graduate with Grad Assistantship = 6cr minimum.
  3. Graduate students with assistantship should inquire with their hiring department if working remotely from abroad is permissible. 
  4. You have two options in regards to health insurance coverage: 
    1. If you plan to maintain some physical presence in the U.S.  during the Spring 2022 semester, you must maintain adequate health insurance coverage for that duration of stay in the U.S.,  as required by the University. Submit proof of adequate health insurance to the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO). (Do not forget to obtain valid travel endorsement on your I-20 form from the ISS to support your re-entry into the U.S.).
    2. You may choose to waive the health insurance coverage if you remain outside the US for the entire  Spring 2022 semester. Do NOT enter the U.S. until you obtain adequate  health insurance coverage and submit proof of coverage to the Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO).
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use EN-CO-OUT as your enrollment decision code.

NT-NI & NT-TR

You are either a new student or a transfer-in student who has decided to not attend Spring 2022 but defer their enrollment to the near future.

Please be aware of the following items, some of which require your actions:

  1. You will NOT enter the US for Spring 2022 and defer your program and I-20 form to Fall 2022.
  2. Graduate students should contact their academic department about plans to defer academic programs to Fall 2022. You will NOT BE ENROLLED in any classes for the Spring 2022 semester.
  3. Your SEVIS record will auto-terminate; you cannot enter the U.S. on a terminated F-1 status during or in the middle of the Spring 2022 semester.
  4. You will have to make an appointment with one of the ISS advisors to discuss re-entry into the U.S. for the Fall 2022 semester.
    1. The earliest you will be able to enter the U.S. using your student status will be 30 days before the deferred I-20 form start date.
    2. Failure to follow this may risk your status and ability to enter into the U.S. in the future.
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use NT-NI or NT-TR as your enrollment decision code based on which you identify as.

NT-CO

You are a continuing student who wishes not to enroll in the Spring 2022 semester. You may have the option to file for a leave of absence depending on your situation.

To find out more you will need to do the following:

  1. Review the ISS page on LOA for more information. 
  2. After speaking to an ISS Advisor Please complete the form response as mentioned below:
Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use NT-CO as your enrollment decision code.

OT

You are considered as Other in type of student and will need to talk with one of our advisors to help in your particular situation. We will use your answers to number 2 and 3 to help us classify you and ask that you provide additional information to us in the additional comment section of the questionnaire.

In addition to the questionnaire, please contact issmanoa@hawaii.edu to explain your situation and receive more information on required actions.

Form Response Required

In order to complete the Enrollment Decision Questionnaire - Spring 2022, you are required to submit a response to the Enrollment Decision Form - Spring 2022.Please submit to the above linked form answer the questions given and use the 3 part code with OT that you obtained (Ex: EN-OT-IN, NT-OT-OUT, etc.) as your enrollment decision code and include in the comments more information about your current situation.