Fall 2021 Visa Rules

The government has extended the March 9, 2020 guidance that allows schools and students some flexibility related to in-person and distance learning coursework for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Based on this guidance, we can provide you the following update:

  • F-1 students who were enrolled at a U.S. school and in F-1 status as of March 9, 2020: 
    • Must enroll full time each semester, and may have a mix of course modalities, including in-person, hybrid, or online.
    • May have a fully online course of study and maintain active SEVIS status.
    • If you are unable to return to the U.S., we may continue to keep your SEVIS record active while abroad, as long as you are enrolled on a full time basis as a UConn student (or through a UConn Experiential Global Learning program).
  • Students who arrived to begin their program after March 9, including incoming students for this Fall 2021 semester:   
    • Must enroll full time, and at least one course must be a course requiring in-person engagement (should be coded as in-person, hybrid, or by arrangement).
    • May not carry a fully online course load and remain in the U.S. If you study fully online outside the U.S. you may not keep an active SEVIS record for that term.
  • J-1 students should follow the same guidelines as noted above. 
  • Students who do not yet have a UConn I-20 or DS-2019:
    • You should request your form I-20 or DS-2019 as soon as possible,  following these instructions.
    • If you are unsure whether you will be able to arrive in Fall 2021, select the Fall 2021 term when requesting your I-20 or DS-2019, and we can change this later if you cannot arrive.
    • If you are already certain that you will not attend in-person for Fall 2021, you may select the term that you plan to arrive when requesting your I-20 or DS-2019.

Updated May 2021