- F-1 students still in the US are allowed to take courses entirely online to maintain their F-1 status.
- Continuing F-1 students outside the US must take online classes full-time to maintain status.
- F-1 students outside the US may take classes part-time, but they will be required to pay the SEVIS fee again to return to the US in the future.
What you must do if you are a continuing student staying in the US for the Fall 2020 semester
- You must report to the International Office about your plan to remain in the US.
- You must enroll in a minimum of 12 units for the Fall 2020 term to maintain your F-1 status.
- You do not need to take any face to face classes for the Fall 2020 semester to keep your status. All classes will be offered online only.
What you must do if you are a continuing student currently in your home country, but will be returning for the Fall 2020 semester
- You need to report to the International Office about your plan to return to the US for the Fall 2020 semester.
- If you want to maintain your F1 status, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 units online. You also have options to take courses part-time or take the semester off, but your SEVIS record will become inactive. When you are ready to return to the U.S., you will need a new I-20 form and pay the SEVIS fee ($350) again.
If you are a new overseas student
- Since the U.S. embassies are not issuing F-1 visas at this time, or even if you already have F2 visa, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S.
- Since you do not yet have an F-1 visa, you do not yet have F-1 status. Because of this, you may enroll in less than 12 units for the Fall 2020 semester.