Spring 2021 COVID-19 Guidance
A December 9, 2020 Inside Higher Education Quick Takes article reported that:
“Federal guidance for enrolling international students in programs operating in hybrid or online modes due to the pandemic remains the same for the spring term, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program said Tuesday… ‘Nonimmigrant students should continue to abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020,’ said the spokeswoman, Carissa Cutrell. ‘The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19.'”
July 24, 2020
On July 24, 2020 SEVP issued a Broadcast Message confirming that ICE will continue March 2020 COVID-19 guidance for the Fall 2020 academic term.
July 15, 2020
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded the SEVP guidance that had been issued on July 6. We are extremely glad that this decision was made, and are pleased for what this means for our international student community.
A number of colleges in the United States, including Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College were in the process of suing the federal government over the guidance. Upon rescinding the guidance, DHS reverted back to the updates that had been issued in March 2020.
Our staff will continue to work together along with administrators at The Claremont Colleges to stay abreast of any new information, and to update and support our international community. You can stay informed of any news by checking the FAQs for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19 that are updated often on the ICE website.
Please find a statement on this news from NAFSA: Association of International Educators here: https://www.nafsa.org/about/about-nafsa/nafsa-applauds-decision-rescind-ice-guidance-threatening-international-students
July 7, 2020
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued new guidance in regards to international students, online courses, and the fall semester during the ongoing pandemic. The SEVP news release can be viewed here: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during#wcm-survey-target-id
We understand that this news is creating a lot stress for our international student community. International Place staff are doing our best to review the SEVP guidance and work with other staff who support international students at The Claremont Colleges, in order to figure out how best to proceed. We support you, and we are here for you.
We will share updates as soon as we can. In the meantime, we have gathered a list of resources that everyone can use right now to support the international students not only in the Claremont community, but throughout the country.
We urge all students to stay updated and informed to the best of their ability.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators – Coronavirus Critical Resources
ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Guidance on COVID-19 – Click to Expand “NONIMMIGRANT STUDENTS AND SEVP-CERTIFIED SCHOOLS” section
ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) – Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
Change.org Petition – Allow F-1 and M-1 students to remain in the US with online-only classes
Change.org Petition – Let international students opt to take classes remotely if schools adopt hybrid models
NAFSA’s Connecting Our World – Sign up for updates on more ways to take action
Write to U.S. Congress Members – View Sample Email
Contact International Place staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-909-607-4571.
You can find the contact information for all International Student Advisors at The Claremont Colleges at this link.