FAQ for International Students in Fall 2020
On July 24, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued an updated FAQ for international students in Fall 2020.
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 in Fall 2020.
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 in the U.S. and plan to graduate in December 2020:
We encourage you to take as many in-person/hybrid courses as possible. You will be able to apply for OPT after graduation.
For continuing students who are outside of the U.S.:
You should make every effort to return to Stockton for Fall 2020. If you are unable to return, you may take online classes to keep your academic plan and be prepared to arrive on campus in Spring 2021. You should contact your program coordinator to discuss your academic plan. You should discuss your SEVIS status with our International Student Adviser at OGE to ensure you retain the ability to return to the U.S. in the future to complete 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.:
You may still choose to come to the U.S. in Fall 2020. If you plan to come to the campus, you must take at least one in-person/hybrid course in Fall 2020. 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 take online courses in your home country or defer, OGE will assist you in preparing necessary paperwork to enter the United States in 2021.
For all international students:
If the teaching model of your registered courses has been changed from in-person/hybrid to online, please document this change and contact the Office of Global Engagement.
Please do not hesitate to contact Office of Global Engagement 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.
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