FAQ for International Students (Spring 2021)
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued an updated FAQ for international students.
Office of Global Engagement has been closely examining this new directive and would like to offer our interpretations and guidance to our international students.* OGE will provide updated information if any new guidance is released.
At this time, Stockton University intends to return in Fall 2020 with a blended model of in-person and online instruction, which means:
For continuing students who are currently in the U.S.:
Students who were maintaining "Active" SEVIS status in Spring 2020 may continue to stay in the U.S. and enroll in any combination of online, hybrid of in-person courses, while making regular progress toward their degrees.
For continuing students who are in the U.S. pursuing OPT:
You are not impacted by this directive. You can maintain active SEVIS status as long as you are complying with F-1 regulations.
For continuing students who are outside of the U.S.:
If you are unable to come to the US still, you may take online classes to keep your academic plan and be prepared to arrive on campus in the next available term. You should contact your program coordinator or Academic Advising to discuss your academic plan. You should discuss your F-1 status with our International Student Adviser at OGE to ensure you retain the ability to enter/re-enter to the U.S. in the future to complete your studies.
For new international students who are in the U.S.:
You do not need to leave the U.S. now. We encourage you to take as many in-person/hybrid courses as possible.
For new international students who are outside of the U.S.:
Per the SEVP March 2020 Broadcast Message, the DSOs should not issue a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” for a student in Initial status who is outside of the U.S. and plans to take classes fully online.
You may choose to come to the U.S. however, you must take at least one in-person/hybrid course. If you choose to stay in your home country and take online courses, please contact your program coordinator to discuss your academic plan. If you choose to defer your admission, OGE will assist you in preparing necessary paperwork to enter the U.S. in the next available term.
For all international students:
If there are changes on your overall academic plan, please contact your Program Coordinators and notify the Office of Global Engagement.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or call us at +1 609-626-5532 for any questions or to discuss your specific situation.
* The information contained in this FAQ is provided for educational purposes only and not as part of an attorney-client relationship. It is not a substitute for expert legal advice.
Our partner organization, Studee, can provide additional admissions related support for prospective international students. Their advisors can guide you through the application process. Please submit this inquiry form below to speak with a Studee advisor.
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