Update on federal guidance for the 2022-23 academic year
Guidance for nonimmigrant students.
SEVP announced that it will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for F and M students for the 2022-23 academic year.
The March 2020 guidance applies to continuing F and M nonimmigrant students who were in valid F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant status on March 9, 2020, including those previously enrolled in entirely online classes who are outside of the United States and seeking to re-enter the country for the 2022-23 academic year.
Consistent with this restriction,
Designated School Officials should not issue a Form I-20,
“Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” for a student in new or Initial status who is outside of the United States and plans to take classes at an SEVP-certified educational institution that is operating fully online.
If an SEVP-certified school has previously submitted a procedural change plan detailing its alternative procedures,
it does not need to resubmit the plan for the 2022-23 academic year, unless the school is making substantive changes.
The F-1 visa allows a student,
To temporarily live in the United States
For a defined period of time while studying at a school, college, seminary, or conservatory.
F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions.
After the first academic year,
F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment: Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
The United States has strict rules for international students who want to work during their studies.