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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?

1. All non-US citizens flying to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated, as follows: (two-dose vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna) or (one-dose vaccination: Johnson and Johnson). In addition, before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. Please follow the instructions given by each respective airline regarding the PCR test and a submission of a negative certificate.[CDC] Travel to the U.S.:

2. Los Angeles County requires that you fill out the "Travel Form" before arriving.

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

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

1. All students attending in-person programs are required to be fully vaccinated, as follows: (two-dose vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna) or (one-dose vaccination: Johnson and Johnson).
2. Quarantine is not required
3. You must take a PCR test within 1 day before your flight and submit a negative result written in English to MLI via email.

Q3. What should I do before arriving to the USA/leaving my home country?

You must be fully vaccinated and take a PCR test no more than 1 day before travel. Otherwise, you can't board your flight. Please also submit your PCR result written in English via email to your campus.

Q4. For what period of time does the COVID-exception to the 5-month rule cover?

There is no 5-month rule during this pandemic period. As long as you have a valid I-20, you will be able to come to the U.S.

Q5. What should I do if my program is online, but I want to go to the USA now?

We will allow you to take an online class of your choice at no extra charge, but you will need to take the in-person class as well to maintain your status.

Q6. Do I need to fill out any forms before I arrive?

Yes, you will need to fill out the Traveler form PRIOR to entering Los Angeles.

Q7. If I have a student visa, can I come to the U.S. without a problem?

If you have a student visa (that is not expired) you can apply for a new I-20 and start a new program. Please check the travel restrictions for international travelers.

Q8. Can I come to the USA and attend online programs only?

No, according to SEVP regulations, overseas students entering on an initial I-20 can not attend 100% online classes.

Q9. 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 offer online classes or in-person classes?

MLI offers both online and in-person classes. Students who came to the U.S. before 3/09/20 can take online classes or in-person classes. On the other hand, students who came to the U.S. with student visas after 3/09/20 are required to attend in-person classes. Thus, MLI offers in-person classes to fulfill immigration requirements for F1 students.

Q2. Do you offer the ESL program in person?

Yes, we offer in-person ESL classes at both campus. TOEFL and Conversation classes are also offered in-person.

Q3. Are MLI school events canceled?

Due to the COVID-19 situation, most school activities are on hold in order to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

Q4. Have there been any confirmed COVID-19 cases at MLI?

Yes, there have been several confirmed casees of COVID-19 at MLI. When a student feels sick, we require them to take a PCR test and submit the negative test result before returning to campus. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, we require all students in the class to take a PCR test and submit the negative test results to MLI before returning to campus. Only students who submit a negative PCR test are allowed to rejoin on campus classes.

Q5. When will the school return to having fully in-person classes?

We offer ESL, TOEFL and Conversation Programs in-person. TOEFL evening and Conversation Advanced evening programs are offered online.

Q6. How do I get textbooks?

You can purchase textbooks from your respective campus or we can mail the textbooks to you. If you choose to have your textbook mailed, you will be charged a shipping fee.

Q7. How is your school managing in-person classes during the pandemic?

Everyone on campus is required to submit proof of vaccination. Temperature is checked daily upon arrival to school and masks are required at all times.

Q8. What programs do you offer?

ESL, TOEFL, Conversation Intermediate and Conversation Advanced Programs are offered in person. Students are interviewed by our academic staff and placed in the appropriate level. TOEFL evening and Conversation Advanced evening programs are offered online.

Q9. Can I check into a student accommodation the day I arrive to the U.S?

Yes, students can check in to student housing on the day of arrival if the student has provided proof of full vaccination and negative PCR results taken 3 days prior to departure.

Q10. How can I take a vacation while taking online programs?

Please fill out this online form and let your front desk staff know.

Admissions during the COVID-19 period

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?

During the pandemic, all government agencies will 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.

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

No, if you are an F1 student (student visa holder), we will simply email your new I-20 to you with the new program start date.

Q4. Does the proof of vaccination and PCR Result have to be the original?

No, originals are not required. A copy of your proof of vaccination and PCR test result are accepted.

Q5. 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.

Q6. Which students are allowed to join in-person classes?

All students who come to the U.S. with initial I-20s (new students) must attend In-person programs due to SEVIS (U.S. immigration) requirements. If you are a transfer student who came to the U.S. before 3/09/20, you will be able to choose either an online program or an In-person program. New Non-F1 students are also able to choose either In-person or online classes.

Q7. Can I join in-person classes via Zoom during my self-quarantine?

If quarantine is required, you may temporarily join one of our online programs: TOEFL evening or Conversation Advanced evening program.

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 must have Medical/Travel Insurance which will cover issues related to COVID-19. If you receive a positive result, follow the instructions provided by LA testing centers.

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

You should take a PCR exam. L.A. County provides free PCR exams. For more details, please visit the L.A. 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. There is also a Coronavirus Self-Checker available.

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

Cases of COVID-19 have increased recently in Los Angeles County due ot the Omnicron variant. Because of very high COVID-19 transmission in Los Angeles County right now, unvaccinated people are at a very high risk. Vaccinated people are at lower risk. For LA County COVID-19 Data see:

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