SEVIS Update: COVID-19 Guidance Extended for Nonimmigrant Students

July 14, 2022

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released guidance regarding distance learning to all Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) users to clarify that its March 2020 guidance continues for the 2022-23 academic year only for nonimmigrant students who were actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9, 2020, and have continuously complied with the terms of their nonimmigrant status. Students who enrolled after March 9, 2020, must adhere to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s existing regulations regarding online learning.

The March 2020 guidance “enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19,” ICE said.