SEVP Fall 2020 guidance: On July 6, 2020 SEVP published its Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guidance, in Broadcast Message 2007-01 - COVID-19 and Fall 2020. Briefly, some flexibility will continue for schools that adopt an in-person or hybrid model for Fall 2020, but will not continue for students in the United States studying at schools operating entirely online for Fall 2020. In addition, by August 4, 2020 schools must reissue all Forms I-20 after updating SEVIS with a statement in the Form I-20 Remarks field that "the school is not operating entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load for the fall 2020 semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program." Lastly, all schools must update their operational plans with SEVP: Schools that will be entirely online or will not reopen for Fall 2020 must notify SEVP no later than Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Schools that will offer an in-person or hybrid program for Fall 2020 must notify SEVP of their plans by August 1, 2020. Read more on NAFSA's page on the Fall 2020 SEVP COVID-19 Guidance. On July 7, 2020, SEVP Fall 2020 COVID-19 FAQs were published.

Go to ICE’s master page of COVID-19 guidance

ICE’s master page of COVID-19 guidance contains links to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) COVID-19 guidance under “Nonimmigrant Students and SEVP-Certified Schools." The page links to SEVP COVID-19 guidance documents, blog posts, and FAQs. Links to the resources from the ICE/SEVP page are provided below.

SEVP COVID-19 Guidance Documents

  • January 31, 2020. Broadcast Message 2001-05: 2019 Novel Coronavirus and F and M nonimmigrants. SEVP's first in a series of Coronavirus guidance messages.
  • March 9, 2020. Broadcast Message 2003-01: COVID-19 and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M Students. Provides guidance on potential procedural adaptations for F and M nonimmigrant students, including adaptations to online coursework policies.
  • March 12, 2020. SEVP's Optional Coronavirus School Reporting Template. Optional template that you can choose to use to report your school's COVID-19 procedural changes to SEVP.
  • March 13, 2020. COVID-19: Guidance for SEVP Stakeholders. SEVP follow-up to its March 9, 2020 guidance, identifying three common scenarios related to emergency procedures implemented by SEVP-certified schools: 1) A school completely closes and does not have online courses or other alternate learning procedures; 2) A school temporarily stops in-person classes but implements online or other alternate learning procedures and the nonimmigrant student remains in the United States; and 3) A school temporarily stops in-person classes but implements online or other alternate learning procedures and the nonimmigrant student departs the United States.
  • Broadcast Message 2007-01 - COVID-19 and Fall 2020  (July 2020)

COVID-19 Blog Posts

SEVP COVID-19 posts on the Study in the States blog:

SEVP COVID-19 FAQs

SEVP Fall 2020 COVID-19 FAQs (July 7, 2020)

SEVP's Spring and Summer 2020 COVID-19 FAQs. These FAQs govern Spring and Summer only. Refer to SEVP's Fall 2020 guidance (below) for Fall 2020.

SEVP Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guidance. On July 6, 2020 SEVP published its Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guidance, in Broadcast Message 2007-01 - COVID-19 and Fall 2020. Briefly, some flexibility will continue for schools that adopt an in-person or hybrid model for Fall 2020, but will not continue for students in the United States studying at schools operating entirely online for Fall 2020. In addition, by August 4, 2020 schools must reissue all Forms I-20 after updating SEVIS with a statement in the Form I-20 Remarks field that "the school is not operating entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load for the fall 2020 semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program." Lastly, all schools must update their operational plans with SEVP: Schools that will be entirely online or will not reopen for Fall 2020 must notify SEVP no later than Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Schools that will offer an in-person or hybrid program for Fall 2020 must notify SEVP of their plans by August 1, 2020. Read more on NAFSA's page on the Fall 2020 SEVP COVID-19 Guidance.


June 4, 2020 SEVP COVID-19 Revisions
May 21, 2020 SEVP COVID-19 FAQ Revisions
May 12 and May 14, 2020 SEVP COVID-19 FAQ Revisions
April 30, 2020 SEVP COVID-19 FAQ Revisions
April 14 and April 16, 2020 SEVP COVID-19 FAQ Revisions
Prior SEVP COVID-19 FAQ Revisions