Fall 2020 Immigration FAQ
Thank you for your patience as we continue to create this FAQ. We understand how difficult and frustrating this time is and hope the below is helpful. We are also waiting for the Department of Homeland Security to update all U.S. colleges and universities with new immigration guidance for fall 2020. We anticipate this new fall guidance will be released by the Student Exchange Visitor Program by the end of next week. Without such guidance, it is difficult to advise our international community appropriately.
Questions about Practical Training (CPT and OPT)
Currently, students must maintain F‑1 status and be present in the US to apply for OPT. We await further guidance from SEVP and USCIS to see if they will be flexible on this point due to COVID-19.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has yet to issue guidance on how any changes to course delivery methods during the fall semester in response to COVID-19 will affect our students' eligibility to maintain F‑1 status or qualify for practical training (CPT or OPT). Colleges and universities across the country await guidance from SEVP so that we can advise our students on fall enrollment.