SEVP Guidance on COVID-19 and Fall 2020

Context


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On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded the SEVP guidance that had been issued on July 6.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.

Stay Informed

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


Resources

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

Whitehouse.gov Petition – Allow F-1 students to stay in the US through the fall semester if instruction is online due to the pandemic

NAFSA’s Connecting Our WorldSign up for updates on more ways to take action

Write to U.S. Congress MembersView Sample Email

 

Contact Us

Contact International Place staff at iplace@cmc.edu or 1-909-607-4571.

You can find the contact information for all International Student Advisors at The Claremont Colleges at this link.