Follow Up to USC’s 8/5/2020 Message About Fall Semester

On August 5, USC’s senior administration announced plans for the Fall 2020 semester that included some important changes, due to the continuing public health emergency impacting our community and campuses. Important Highlights about USC’s Fall 2020 Plans: All instruction will begin online for Fall 2020, with only a small number of exceptions in certain clinical education Read more

Fall 2020 Travel Guidance for International Students Currently Outside the US

On July 25, OIS wrote to students about the updated SEVP guidance issued for the Fall 2020 semester and what it means for new and continuing international students. Understandably, students currently outside of the U.S. still have many questions about how this guidance impacts travel to the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester. New Students: The SEVP guidance does not Read more

SEVP Issues Fall 2020 Guidance for F-1 Students

On July 24, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) clarified that for the Fall 2020 semester F-1 students should abide by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance originally issued in March 2020. This guidance allows distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19. What does this mean Read more

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rescinds July 6 Policy Guidance

We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy guidance issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that would prevent international students from taking online-only courses in the fall semester while residing in the United States. USC played a critical role in advocating for Read more

International Student FAQ – Fall Semester

We understand students have many questions about the fall semester following the updated guidance provided by the Student Exchange Visitor Program on Monday. This is a fluid situation, and USC senior administration and OIS are still reviewing what the potential impact of this guidance could mean, legally and practically, for our community. We ask for Read more

New Guidance: International Student Enrollment for Fall 2020

On July 6, 2020, the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued updated guidance to universities regarding international students’ ability to study in the U.S. during the fall 2020 semester based on the institution’s method of instruction (i.e. online, in-person or hybrid). Despite our serious concerns about this new guidance, and our strong disagreement with the Read more