International Student Information
How will remote courses affect international students' immigration status?
For international students who will be engaged in their courses remotely from outside the U.S.:
If you plan on taking courses remotely from outside the U.S., then a U.S. immigration status or U.S. visa is not required.
For F-1 students who will be in the U.S.:
According to the SEVP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (updated Aug. 7, 2020), continuing F-1 students who were enrolled in March 9, 2020 in the U.S. can study from anywhere within the U.S., as long as they remain enrolled full time. According to the guidance issued in summer 2020 (the only guidance currently in place), students who first came to the U.S. to study for the fall 2020 semester or spring 2021 semester are required to have some in-person classes for the spring 2021 semester. Per federal guidance requirements, the university provided information about hybrid model plans to SEVP to ensure institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations. Recent communications and a list of related frequently asked questions can be found on the OIE website.
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 reenter 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.