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