Information about new visa rules

Posted on July 8, 2020 at 8:39 am
Updated on: July 21, 2020 at 10:36 am

JULY 14 UPDATE: International Student & Scholar Services has more information about the government’s decision to rescind its visa guidance.

Please ISSS’s blog post for more information.


Original post:

Monday‚Äôs announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of new visa limitations that will not allow most international students to take a fully online course load and still remain in the United States was unexpected and disconcerting. This adds yet another layer of challenging uncertainty in this time of global crisis for our international students here at Illinois,” said Chancellor Robert Jones in a massmail sent to faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security varies by the model that institutions have selected for fall instruction. The University of Illinois will offer a blend of in-person and remote instruction; this is called a hybrid model.

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services is assisting students affected by the new rules. ISSS sent a message on July 6 to University of Illinois international students with F-1 status providing detailed information about what the university’s hybrid model means to them under the new visa rules.

Additionally, ISSS has added questions about the new visa rules to their FAQ.