International student updates: May 2022 

May 4, 2022

Updated May 5, 2022, 11:17 a.m.

SEVP extends COVID-19 provisions through 2022/23 academic year 

On April 18, the Student Exchange Visitor Program extended its March 2020 COVID-19 guidance to cover the 2022/23 academic year.  This guidance allows F-1 students to take more than three credits of online coursework while maintaining their nonimmigrant status. 

  • Students who were in F-1 status on March 9, 2020, are eligible to take 100% of their coursework online for the 2022/23 academic year. 
  • Students who obtained F-1 status after March 9, 2020, will need to have at least one course that meets face-to-face each term for the 2022/23 academic year.  

Regulations for J-1 students typically mirrors SEVP guidance. We will provide an update as soon as we receive official notification regarding the 2022/23 regulatory provisions from the Exchange Visitor Program.

All students must continue to enroll in a full course of study to maintain status. Students who are eligible for a reduced course load should submit a request by the end of the first week of classes for the semester. For questions about enrollment requirements, contact your ISSS adviser

Exchange Visitor Program introduces STEM extension for Academic Training 

J-1 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields are now eligible for an Academic Training extension. This extension adds up to 18 months of Academic Training eligibility to the current 18-month limit, for a total of no more than 36 months. Contact your ISSS adviser with questions about eligibility and the extension request process. 

International student services fee increasing by $25, effective fall 2022 

To support the critical services associated with maintaining the university’s compliance with federal immigration regulations governing the F-1/J-1 student visa programs, the international student services fee will increase by $25 starting with the fall 2022 semester. The new fee will be $150 per semester ($75 for summer for students enrolled in at least one credit hour).  

This fee supports staffing and operational resources for student visa assistance, immigration advising, document support services, pre-arrival and arrival services, compliance reporting and recordkeeping, and programs to help students connect to and flourish within the campus and local community.  

In the future, the international student services fee will increase annually based on the consumer price index. For questions or comments about this change, please email

Summer hours, advising and workshops 

Beginning Monday, May 9, International Student and Scholar Services will switch to summer hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday. Advising services and OPT workshops will continue through the summer.  

Students who plan to travel outside the U.S. this summer will need an I-20/DS-2019 with a travel signature. Travel signatures can be obtained during walk-in advising or requested in myStatus