Frequently Asked Questions - COVID 19

Travel Regulations, MLI COVID-19 Policy & the COVID-19 Status in Los Angeles

Q1. What is the current guidance for traveling to the U.S?

As of May 11th 2023, vaccinations and pre-testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required for entering the U.S.

Q2. What is MLI’s policy regarding attending In-person classes?

MLI follows California and Los Angeles Country guidelines in order to keep everybody safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everybody must abide by the following regulations:

If you feel sick, you should self-isolate and take a COVID-19 PCR test immediately. If you test positive for COVID-19, inform the MLI immediately and receive further instructions.

Q3. For what period of time does the COVID-exception to the 5-month rule cover?

There is no 5-month rule. As long as you have a valid student visa and an initial I-20, you will be able to come to the U.S.

Q4. If I have a student visa, can I come to the U.S. without a problem?

If you have an active student visa, apply for an I-20, pay your SEVIS fee (form I-901: receipt of SEVIS fee) and start your program.

Please check travel restrictions:

Q5. Can I come to the USA and attend online programs only?

No, according to SEVP regulations, overseas students entering on an initial I-20 visa are not allowed to attend online classes to fulfill their requirements. All new/intial students who come to the U.S. after March 12th 2020 must attend in-person programs.

Q6. What will happen if there is another lockdown in LA?

We will follow CDC instructions and switch to online programs if needed.

MLI during COVID-19

Q1. Does MLI have online classes or in-person classes?

MLI offers in-person classes only. In-person classes must be taken to fulfill immigration requirements for F1 students.

Q2. Are MLI school events canceled?

No, all student and class activities have resumed, include outside field trip activities and in-class activities. School activities include museums, sporting events, beach parties, school graduation parties, theme parks, cultural experiences, and many more!

Q3. Have there been any confirmed COVID-19 cases at MLI?

Yes, there have been several confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MLI. If a student is sick, they are required to take a PCR test and submit the negative test result before returning to campus. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, we strongly encourage all students in the class to take a PCR test and confirm the negative test results before returning to campus.

Q4. When will the school return to having fully in-person classes?

MLI has returned all classes to in-person.

Q5. How do I get textbooks?

Purchase textbooks from your respective campus.

Q6. How is MLI manage in-person classes in regards to COVID-19?

Everyone on campus is required to check their temperature daily upon arrival at school. Students that are sick must stay at home and isolate. Students must submit a negative PCR test before returning to school.

Q7. What programs do you offer?

“We offer ESL, TOEFL, and Conversation programs at both campuses. Westwood and Hollywood. “

Q8. Can I check into a student accommodation the day I arrive in the U.S?

Yes, however there is a time restriction of when you can be let in. For example, entering the accommodation at 3AM would not be possible. Please consult your advisor for your travel arrangements with MLI.


Q1. Can I defer my admission for reasons related to COVID-19?

Yes, you can change your program start date. Please inform us of when you want to start your program based on the start dates listed on our School Calendar. If you are an F1 student (Student visa), we will reissue your I-20 with a new program start date and send you a digitally signed I-20, so that you can print it out and take it with you when you enter the U.S.

Q2. How can I receive a copy of my I-20?

All U.S. government agencies accept a digital copy of your I-20. However, if you need the original I-20, we can mail it to you. In this case, you will be charged a shipping fee ($120).

Q3. Do I have to pay a fee if I postpone my start date?

No, if you are an F1 student (a student visa holder), we will simply email your new I-20 to you with the new program start date. However, if you request to change your program start date more than twice, we will charge $30 for the reissuance of the I-20 starting from the third I-20.

Q4. Will there be any penalty fees for postponing the housing move-in date?

As long as you notify us 30 days prior to your move in-date, there will be no fees.

Q5. Which students are allowed to join in-person classes?

All students who come to the U.S. with initial I-20 (new students) must attend In-person programs due to SEVIS (U.S. immigration) requirements.

General Questions Related to COVID-19

Q1. How can I get a COVID-19 test for free?

If you take a PCR exam from L.A. county, the testing is free. Please visit the LA county COVID-19 testing website:

Q2. What if I test positive for COVID-19?

First, you should self isolate and inform MLI of your situation, and then test again 5 days later to see if you are still positive with COVID-19. We recommend having Medical/Travel Insurance.

Q3. What should I do if I believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

You should take a COVID-19 PCR test. Los Angeles Country provides free PCR exams. For more details, please visit the Los Angeles county website:

Q4. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

For details regarding COVID-19 symptoms, see the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) website:

Q5. What is the COVID-19 situation like in LA?

The COVID-19 situation in Los Angeles is well controlled, and the daily positive cases are found to be less than 3,000. Life in Los Angeles is the same as the situation before the COVID-19 pandemic. People are going out everywhere without any fear. For more detailed data, please visit the Los Angeles public health website: