- Posted on: Mar 12 2020
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is posting information and resources for F and M students on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations. In all cases, schools and students should document any decisions made and be able to provide this information to SEVP upon request.
SEVP is asking students to maintain their nonimmigrant student status, even during emergency events. This means F and M students must continue to take all the necessary actions to remain in status, to the extent possible under the circumstances, and communicate with their designated school official (DSO) about the emergency plans on their campus, including any changes to their address. If your school plans to provide online instruction or instruction at an alternate physical location, contact the DSO to make sure that SEVP is informed.
Work with employers to maintain practical training agreements. Changes to workplace requirements may impact nonimmigrant students engaging in practical training. SEVP encourages such students to consult with their employers to seek alternative ways to maintain training agreements, such as teleworking or other arrangements.
SEVP reminds us that the Center for Disease Control is the primary source for information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are looking to travel, the Program also recommends referring to guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions.