ICE Guidance During The COVID-19 Pandemic (COVID-19 FAQ)


Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced on April 26, 2021 continued flexibilities for F-1 students due to COVID-19 that will remain in effect through the 2021-22 Academic Year. At this time, the Exchange Visitor Program has also announced continued flexibilities for J-1 students as well.

Please note that the flexibilities granted for F-1 and J-1 students vary depending on their status as a ‘continuing’ or ‘initial’ student. Please review the appropriate section below to determine the enrollment requirements that apply given your situation:


F-1 and J-1 students who were enrolled in their course of study prior to March 9th, 2020 and have maintained status since then, including SEVIS transfer students and SEVIS change of level students:

Initial students

Students who obtained F-1 or J-1 status after March 9th, 2020: