Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 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 require in-person engagement (course modality 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. ISSS will not not keep an active SEVIS record for that term.
  • J-1 students should follow the same guidelines as noted above.