Immigration Guidance Allows Continued Enrollment Flexibility

Posted on: May 17, 2022

Through the end of spring semester 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending its previous Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) COVID Guidance that allows F-1 international students the flexibility to take online and hybrid classes, from both within and outside the U.S.

What this means for F-1 students:

  • Continuing students are allowed to enroll in as many or as few online courses as needed for their program. 
  • New students are required to enroll in at least one in-person or hybrid course in their first semester.

Department of State guidance requires J-1 students to maintain program objectives (which may include some online classes) while preventing unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. 

What this means for J-1 students:

  • J-1 student programs must include an in-person component. 
  • A fully or predominantly virtual exchange program is not permitted for J-1 students or scholars, as of April 2022.

UMN highly recommends all students enroll in classes taught in person for the best academic experience.

All international students must enroll full-time to maintain their immigration status.

Please contact an ISSS advisor with any questions. New students should email [email protected] for assistance.