As per a recent notice, the U.S. has decided to extend the exemptions, announced in March 2020, facilitating distance learning for non-immigrant students.
|The Notice — Broadcast Message: ICE Continues March 2020 Guidance for the 2021-22 Academic Year — has been published, on April 26, 2021.|
The Notice has been published by Student and Exchange Visitor Program [SEVP], a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE].
With the official announcement, the guidance issued earlier – published March 9, 2020 – for F and M students for the 2021-22 academic year has now been extended.
The guidance, originally issued in March 2020, enables US schools and students enrolled with them to engage in distance learning “in excess of regulatory limits due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19″.
In keeping with the March 2020 guidance —
Source: U.S. Department of State
Nevertheless, international students enrolled in classes with a certain amount of requirement for attending in-person learning in the U.S. will be eligible to apply for U.S. student visa and travel to the U.S., based on the restrictions on that country.
As such, there are no changes made in the original guidance that will remain in effect during the 2021-22 academic year in the U.S.
|As per SEVIS records, there were 1,251,569 active F-1 and M-1 students in calendar year 2020.|
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