Part II – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Current/Continuing International Students (F-1 Visa Holders)

Spring Quarter 2020 Related Questions

Beginning Tue, March 17, courses will be taught remotely through Friday, April 24, 2020. The only exceptions to this rule are some labs and clinics.

Different Type of Courses:

  • On-Campus Class – Class is held on-campus same day and same time for the entire quarter.
  • Hybrid Course – Both instructor and students meet on-campus for certain day(s) and time but rest is done online for the quarter.
  • Online Course – Entire class is delivered online only, there is no on-campus meeting.
    o Typically math and science online course require “proctored” exam. This means that you must take your online exams at a location or conditions that is pre-approved by your online instructor.

During this “COVID-19” adjusted school and work schedule, when BC and IE says “most classes are going online” or “start the quarter remotely until April 24…”, BC is temporarily starting classes online until the WA state governor updates new health guidelines. If you signed up for 3 on-campus classes in spring, they will start as online until 4/24. But if COVID-19 situations are better by then, BC will switch to original delivery format.

No, as long as you are enrolled in at least 12 credits with at least 7 credits of “on-campus” or “hybrid” courses (or full-time for the intensive English program). Your spring classes temporarily being delivered remotely will not impact your F-1 status. You may contact your international student advisor if you have any concerns about the courses you are taking.

You will need to submit a Departure Request form. Please contact your international student advisor right away.

To return to BC in the fall quarter, you will need to apply as a returning student. Your advisor will add the application to your International Student Portal account and email you.

You may need to apply for a new F-1 visa if you have been outside of the U.S. for five consecutive months. If you are an Intensive ESL student, you may need to take the placement test if you have been gone for more than one quarter.

If you plan to return for summer quarter, please contact your international student advisor as soon as possible. You will be required to study full-time for the summer quarter.

Please contact your international student advisor. You may study remotely from your home country until April 24, but you may run into unexpected difficulties when trying to return, such as flight cancellations or the U.S. government expanding travel restrictions or entry bans.

Although nobody knows how quickly COVID-19 situations will be under control, BC’s plan is to go back to regular courses on April 27 for the remainder of the quarter. If you are not back in Bellevue by April 27, you will not be able to complete the term and will not remain in good academic and immigration status.

Please contact your IE advisor if you fit in this situation. You may take online courses (not on-campus or hybrid, even if they will start as “Remote”). Remember, studying online can be challenging due to the time differences and making sure you have adequate access to the technology that is needed to complete the course online.

However, you will NOT be in F-1 status. Please contact your international student advisor as soon as possible if you cannot re-enter the US for the spring quarter, as we will need to withdraw your F-1 status and explain how you can return.

Please contact your IE advisor by providing your BC student ID number and full legal name. Your advisor will review your records and provide you some options, if any.

Insurance Related Questions:

Please contact your IE advisor, provide your BC student ID# and full legal name. If your F-2 dependents are also on BC-Foundation arranged plan, please let your advisor know. Provided that you paid for your insurance fee on time, your winter coverage will end on March 31, 2020 and spring coverage will start from April 1, 2020.

Please go to the Firebird International Insurance Company’s website and choose “Bellevue College” at

Please be sure to present the correct insurance ID card. For the AY2019-20 (starting from fall ’20), BC-Foundation arranged insurance plan is called WebTPA. If your doctor’s office have any questions about coverage, please ask them to call Firebird at 206-909-8550.

Please go to the Firebird International Insurance Company’s website and choose “Bellevue College” at

Please pay online at with your VISA or MasterCard.

Tip – When you use online payment to input your local address, avoid using special characters like #, $, or @. System may not recognize these character and will not accept the payment.

Please contact the director of IE at She will send you the “Dependent Insurance Request” form to complete. Once you complete the form and send it back to the director, she’ll review the eligibility and add insurance code(s) for your dependents. Then you can pay online.

Not all dependents are eligible to join BC-Foundation arranged plan, so please be careful.

Please follow the King County Public Health website for extract instructions at If you have a cough, fever, other respiratory problems, call your doctor’s office BEFORE you go there. Do NOT go to an emergency room (ER). This site also has helpful information in multiple languages.

Also, as a BC student, please also submit “Report a concern” at

If you have many bills, please put them in chronological order by date. Scan or take a clear picture of each bill, front and back, and email them to Firebird Int’l Insurance Company with your full legal name and BC Student ID. Also cc

BC Facilities and Services Related Questions:

IE office has drastically reduced on-campus service from March 17 to April 24, ’20. Immigration documents pick-up and drop-off will be available every Wednesday between 8:00am and 12:00pm by appointment only. Email us at to book your appointment. There will not be in-person advising.

If you have a cough or fever over 100.4 F (or 38C), do not come to BC campus. Email us at or call us at 425-564-3185. Leave your BC student ID number, full legal name, and the TEL# where we can reach you.

Check the Open lab schedule at ( before you go. All students and employees on-campus must follow the strict guideline of social-distancing. If you have a cough or fever over 100.4F (38C), do not come to campus. Please stay home and limit your interaction with others.

On-campus housing will remain open. The pizza kitchen will remain open for takeout only from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays. Contact Housing for more information: or

The bookstore will remain open for normal hours (M-TH 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), but with minimum staffing. Students will be encouraged to order books online with free shipping.

General Questions:

You can contact us at or leave us a voice message at 425-564-3185. Be sure to provide your BC student ID# and how we can contact you.

Part 1 FAQs for current F-1 student was created on March 9. Some information may still be useful, and some other information may be old by now as situations are changing quickly

Online courses are different and require that you schedule your study and homework time carefully since there is no in-class instruction. Be sure to log-in to canvas early and email your instructor if you have questions about the syllabus, assignments or any other course expectations.

Contact your teacher for class specific help. Give your BC student ID#, your full legal name and state your questions/problems clearly. Follow your teacher’s advice.
Here are some available resources:

  1. View basic CANVAS tutorial resources at
  2. Watch recorded CANVAS workshop at
  3. BC’s Academic Success Center (ASC) continues to offer online tutoring services. Click here for Math Lab and Writing Lab. For schedules, go to

Bellevue College Counseling Center –

Starting Wednesday, March 18th, all BC’s mental health counseling appointments will be occurring remotely via telephone. This is being done in order to ensure your physical health and safety. To Schedule an Appointment: Submit an Online Appointment Request:
 Complete the ‘Mental Health Counseling Appointment Request’ form.
 Once your information is received, the Counseling Center staff will contact you within 1-2 business days to confirm the appointment.

Last Updated April 5, 2021