The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement has extended guidance for international students in the COVID-era. Through the 2022-2023 academic year, international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities can take more online courses than previously allowed. According to the guidance, “Consistent with the March 2020 guidance, for the 2022-23 academic year nonimmigrant students may remain in the United States to engage in a fully online program of study if they have not otherwise violated the terms of their nonimmigrant status. Students will be able to maintain their nonimmigrant status and not be subject to initiation of removal proceedings based on their online studies. If a student violates other U.S. laws or regulations that impact their immigration status, they could be subject to removal.”
For more information, please read the NAFSA Resource on SEVP’s 2022-23 COVID-19 Guidance for F-1 Schools here.