New Regulations Regarding Fall 2020 Online Courses

A broadcast message was sent out from Immigration and Customs Enforcement on 7/6/2020 regarding COVID-19 and Fall 2020 planning. Students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. However, only the minimum number of online courses required to make progress towards degree completion is permitted.

For all F-1 students attending schools in the United States this fall 2020, Designated School Officials (DSOs) must issue new Forms I-20 to each student certifying that the student is not taking an entirely online course load for the Fall 2020 semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. DSOs must indicate this information in the Form I-20 Remarks field in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Continuing F and M students may remain in Active SEVIS status while studying online outside the United States. The International Services Office will contact new and continuing students via email about steps to obtain an updated I-20.