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ICE Provides Updated Student Guidance in Response to COVID-19

On March 23, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published answers to frequently asked questions by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) stakeholders about the impact of COVID-19 on SEVP-certified schools and students on F and M visas. Among the issues addressed by ICE were the following:

  • Enrolled F students who have chosen to return to their home countries to complete the spring term remotely will maintain an “Active” record status within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

  • SEVP will temporarily allow F and M students to count online classes toward a full course of study in excess of normal regulatory limits.

  • Students who are required to leave on-campus housing may continue to study online either inside or outside the United States.

  • Students may participate in curricular practical training (CPT) while outside the United States in limited circumstances.

  • Schools must “notify SEVP [of] any procedural adaptation[s] due to COVID-19 within 10 business days of the change.”

ICE will continue to publish its latest guidance for SEVP stakeholders on the agency’s website.

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About this Author

Alexandra Holland, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration Law Attorney

Alexandra is an immigration attorney in the Atlanta office.  She has been working the in the field of immigration law since 2007, developing a comprehensive understanding of employment-based and family-based immigration.   Her experience includes managing the immigration process for multinational corporations in various industries and business sectors, including software development, packaging/logistics, defense/security, aerospace engineering, optical networking, environmental and electronics engineering, IT consulting, insurance, and academia, among others. 

Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Before TowerCo, she was an attorney with Alan Gordon Immigration and Naturalization Law in Charlotte, NC, representing large and small companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and families in all stages of the immigration process. She regularly appeared before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to advocate on behalf of clients, as well as the EOIR Immigration Court in Atlanta to defend clients against removal and deportation.

Melissa received her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law and her B.A. in Journalism from The College of New Jersey. She is licensed by the North Carolina Bar.