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This page was developed to provide updates on SEVP guidance for F-1 students related to online courses. OISS is monitoring this situation closely and working with UD leadership and professional associations to assess new information and guidance as it continues to develop. We will continue to communicate accurate guidance for the Fall Semester to the UD international community through email, social media and live webinars. Please visit the OISS Events Calendar for details about upcoming immigration webinars and OISS programs.
Read all of our updates about travel, mainintaing immigration status, financial support, health and wellness and more on the OISS Coronavirus Updates webpage.
We are also here to remind you that, as always, UD values your talents, contributions and perspectives. OISS is here to support you any way we can. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact OISS for assistance.
On July 24, 2020, SEVP issued Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 based on the March 2020 Guidance. In general:
For more information on how this guidance impacts your status, please see the Fall 2020 Online Course Update.
Government Rescinds SEVP Fall 2020 Guidance for F-1 Students
On July 14, in a hearing before the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, the United States has agreed to rescind the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) July 6, 2020 temporary guidance. This agreement cancels any implementation of the July 6 guidance, and returns all parties to the previous SEVP guidance from March. Under the March guidance, institutions of higher education have the flexibility to teach entirely online and F-1 international students may continue to remain in the U.S. with an active visa status. For more information, please see the announcement from Goldblum & Pollins Immigration Law.
What does this mean for current F-1 students at UD?
The policy withdrawal means that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will reapply its March 2020 COVID-19 guidance, which permits F-1 undergraduate, graduate, and ELI students to take a full schedule of online classes within the U.S. during the COVID-19 emergency and maintain their visa status.
New F-1 international students should consult OISS for guidance on their travel to the U.S. and enrollment requirements in their first semester at UD.
OISS will continue to monitor these developments and provide updates. Please join us for the next OISS Forum this Friday, July 17 at 3:00 pm EST.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at email@example.com or (302) 831-2115.
OISS hosted an online forum today to provide live update on the current status of the temporary SEVP guidance for F-1 students. OISS advisors explained what is known about the guidance and answered questions about the potential impact on UD students. View the forum presentation.
The forum was the first in a series of updates that will continue with OISS and immigration attorneys from our partners at Goldblum and Pollins Immigration Law. Upcoming events will be listed on our Events Calendar. We have developed an OISS SEVP Guidance FAQ webpage featuring answers to frequently asked questions regarding the SEVP guidance.
As you have most likely heard, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued temporary guidance for F-1 students related to online courses for the Fall 2020 semester. Under this temporary guidance, international students attending U.S. colleges and universities that will operate entirely online this fall semester cannot remain in the country to do so. At this time, students who are currently on post-completion OPT or STEM OPT are not affected by this guidance.
We understand that you are concerned right now, and you probably have questions about what this means for your status in the U.S. The guidance from SEVP is unwelcome news that is unfair, inflexible, and challenging.
Based on the current guidance, the University of Delaware’s academic plan for Fall 2020 fits into the category of a hybrid course model for SEVP purposes. The guidance for schools with a hybrid model allows F-1 students to take some online courses as long as they maintain enrollment in at least one in-person class. We encourage you to work closely with your academic advisor to enroll in at least one class that will meet in person during the fall semester.
OISS is here to support you in any way we can. We are your advocates and we are working on collecting the answers to your questions. We will continue to update you and the UD community in the coming days. The impact of this guidance is far-reaching, and we are working with university leadership, national associations, and advocacy groups in the field to establish the necessary steps to help you maintain your status in the U.S.
Please note that the Temporary Final Rule has not yet been published in the Federal Register. OISS will provide more details and inform you of your responsibilities if this Temporary Final Rule is published and made official. Please continue to monitor the OISS SEVP Guidance webpage and read OISS emails for more details.
In order to keep the international community informed, OISS is hosting a virtual forum to check-in and discuss updates regarding this guidance. Please join OISS this Friday, July 10 at 3:00 pm.
Additional support is available through University of Delaware support offices:
Ravi Ammigan, Ph.D.
Associate Deputy Provost, International Programs
Executive Director, OISS
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued temporary guidance related to online courses for the fall 2020 semester. Below are some of the main points of the temporary guidance. Please note that the Temporary Final Rule is not official and has not yet been published. OISS will keep you informed as soon as new details become available.
OISS continues to monitor this developing situation very closely and will send updates as we obtain new information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time. We can be reached by phone at (302) 831-2115 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.