International Student Information
How will remote courses affect international students' immigration status?
Carnegie Mellon students who have been physically present and engaged in their courses in the Spring 2020 semester and are moving to remote education either temporarily, or for the remainder of this semester, will not have a negative impact on their F-1 or J-1 status. While immigration regulations require F-1 students to be enrolled full-time and restrict students to one online course per semester that would count toward the full-time enrollment requirement, that requirement has already been met for students this spring semester.
Per recent federal guidance, OIE will provide information to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) about the university’s plans for remote learning to ensure institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations.
Do I need to leave the U.S. or what will happen if my home is outside the U.S.?
Students may remain in the U.S. and are encouraged not to travel internationally at this time. Students who are considering leaving the U.S. should carefully consider international travel plans as online access to courses may be limited. Additionally, with a rapidly evolving global situation, students who elect to leave the U.S. may not be able to re-enter at the time they wish to return, which could impact future immigration benefits. Students in F-1 or J-1 status should consult their OIE advisor prior to traveling to discuss potential impacts with respect to their specific immigration situation.