Office of Global Engagement

New federal guidance issued for international students

Oakland University leadership responds to SEVP temporary exemptions for F-1 students

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icon of a calendarJuly 9, 2020

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New federal guidance issued for international students
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has implemented a temporary exemption that prohibits nonimmigrant F-1 students from remaining in the United States if enrolled entirely in online classes.

“We want students to be aware that we are reviewing the guidance and determining the best way to implement it within our university community to best support our international students,” said Dawn Aubry, vice president for enrollment management.

The new SEVP guidance was issued July 6, 2020, and affects nonimmigrant F-1 students enrolled in the fall 2020 semester. This modification would apply to Oakland University’s several hundred new and returning F-1 students in various levels of study. 

“We know this information has created confusion and uncertainty, and our students may be wondering what their next steps are,” Aubry said. “We want to provide reassurance that Oakland University is committed to student success and is exploring all possible solutions to help students maintain their immigration status in the fall and continue their education. We have a dedicated team working on this, and we will provide guidance regarding their fall schedules soon.”

“Our team is committed to supporting international students,” said Rosemary Max, executive director of the Office of Global Engagement. “We want these students to know that they are a valued, integral part of our OU family, and that we are here to help them.”

Students who have questions are asked to contact the International Students and Scholars Office at isso@oakland.edu.

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