COVID-19 and International Students in the United States

COVID-19 and International Students in the United States

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has continually provided guidance on COVID-19 via their website (https://www.ice.gov/coronavirus). Relevant portions related to students in the United States on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) can find related information under the “Nonimmigrant Students” portion of the page. This content is continually updated as changes occur. While FXUA commits to ensuring that qualified students are able to maintain their international student visa, such students should monitor this page frequently.

The following information is provided solely for information purposes, and any affected student should consult the relevant requirements issued by SEVP/ICE.

Background Information
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, F-1 students at distance education approved schools pursuing a degree program were only allowed to take up to one online course each semester. Given the rapid spread of the pandemic in Spring 2020, this rule was temporarily modified in March 2020 allowing F-1 students to continue their coursework fully online. This special, temporary, accommodation, has been extended to accommodate the safety of students campuses and the communities in which they live.

Current Status

The guidance currently allows for students who are already in-progress with their studies to operate, under temporary circumstances, in an online format if the institution has elected to do so under these emergency circumstance.

What This Means for Our FXUA Community

Our priority is dual fold, 1) maintaining instructional continuity for students, and 2) ensuring that our community is safe. We are weighing means of balancing both at this time, and we continue to monitor the circumstances in our region to make plans about future semesters. We commit to keeping our entire learning community updated on our plans for the Fall 2020 Semester.