Student Visa Updates

F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States on their visas.

On July 6, 2020, ICE announced that it was rescinding its COVID-19 exemption for international students, requiring all students on F-1 visas whose university curricula are entirely online to depart the country, and barring any such students currently outside the United States from entering or reentering the United States. 

ICE also required schools whose classes would be entirely online to submit an “operational change plan” no later than Wednesday, July 15, 2020—nine days after the change was announced.

Harvard and MIT filed a lawsuit to challenge this:

https://www.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/content/sevp_filing.pdf

Additional Resources:

https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/pdfs/Immigrants/FAQStudentsFall2020CIRCOGP.pdf?utm_source=AILA+Mailing&utm_campaign=37aabe9ffb-AILA8-07-07-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3c0e619096-37aabe9ffb-287712345

https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bcm2007-01.pdf