嗯，我看到七月了，然而……我是 8/8 返程……哭了……
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A VALID F-1 VISA:
If you have a valid F-1 visa and your SEVIS status is up to date, you will be able to travel to the United States on your current visa. Please note that direct travel to the United States on an F-1 visa is restricted to individuals whose programs will begin on August 1, 2021 or later. Travelers will be eligible to enter the United States no more than 30 days prior to the start of their program.
如果您持有有效的F-1签证，且您的SEVIS状态已处于更新状态，您可以使用当前的签证前往美国。 请注意，持F-1签证赴美学生仅限于其开学日期在2021年8月1日或更晚，方可直接入境美国。 学生仅可在入学日期前30天内入境美国。
问：If I am a continuing F-1 student with an active SEVIS record and valid I-20, does this mean that I can apply to enter the U.S. 30 days before the semester/quarter starts if my semester/quarter starts after August 1? Specifically, because many schools offer summer sessions, if I enroll in a summer session that, for example, starts on August 2, does this mean that I am eligible for the NIE and can apply to enter the U.S. 30 days before August 2 (which is July 3)?
答：With the valid F-1 visa and valid I-20, your travel would be permitted.
问：According to the recent announcement by the Department of
State, the NIE now applies to F-1 visa holders in China but those students
can only travel no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic
studies. I wonder what the term “academic studies” here means for
continuing students. Does it refer to a new term of study (quarter or
semester), or it refers to the program start date on our I-20 form, which
has already passed for continuing students?
答：Thank you for your note. If you are in possession of a valid F-1 visa and will be participating in a program that begins later than August 1, 2021, you will be excepted from the current 14-day travel restriction and can travel directly to the United States from Mainland China.
Please note that you will only be able to enter the United States within 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Please visit https://travel.state.gov to get the most up-to-date information regarding requirements for entry, including providing a negative COVID-19 test.
国务院还没出解释的话 他们也只能糊弄一下 内部估计也在向我们这样猜…