SEVP Ends COVID-19 Flexibilities
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), the government entity that oversees the F-1 program, ended their COVID-19 flexibilities on May 11, 2023. However, active F-1 students may continue following the COVID-19 flexibilities through summer 2023. In other words:
- Most continuing F-1 students who enroll during summer 2023 will not have immigration limits for online class enrollment. Students planning to graduate in August 2023 must comply with full-time enrollment requirements, including distance education limits.
- New F-1 students who are starting their program in summer 2023 will only be able to use one online course towards their full-time enrollment requirements.
Starting in Fall 2023:
- All F-1 students will only be able to use one online course towards their full-time enrollment requirements.
- Students will no longer be able to maintain F-1 status while enrolling outside the U.S. unless they are a part of an approved study, research, or internship abroad program
OPT/STEM OPT Students
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