New international guidelines: Next steps and FAQ

International Students and Fall 2020
Overview

July 24, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has clarified parts of the SEVP March 2020 "status quo" guidance  as it relates to fall 2020 for both new and continuing international students. This information, below, is based on our current understanding of the July 24 guidance. It will be updated as additional information is received.

Please keep in mind that F-1 immigration status is independent from the ability to study at WSU. Students who are outside of the U.S. are still eligible to enroll in online courses.

Current DHS guidance does not require new I-20s for new or continuing students. Wayne State will not issue new I-20s

 

I am a continuing (current) international student at Wayne State. What do I need to know?

  • Continuing international students studying in the U.S. can select in-person, mixed (hybrid) or online classes. The meeting types of these classes are identified in the schedule of classes as: SYNC/EXAM (hybrid); SYNC (online); CLAS/WEB (hybrid); WEB (online); and CLAS (in-person).
  • There is no limit to the number of online classes you can take for fall 2020.
  • You must maintain normal full-time enrollment status and make progress toward completing your degree.
  • If you were a student actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9, 2020, and subsequently took courses online while outside of the country, you can re-enter the United States to continue online studies.

I am a continuing (current) Wayne State student unable to travel to the U.S. What do I need to know?

  • Current/continuing Wayne State University students unable to travel to the U.S. for the fall 2020 term can take a fully online class schedule while remaining outside of the U.S.
  • Continuing students who enroll in a full-time course load will maintain an active Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record even if you are outside of the U.S. for more than five months.
  • Make sure to contact OISS at oismail@wayne.edu for assistance and to ensure your current I-20 can remain open.

I am transferring to Wayne State, or my educational level is changing while I am in the U.S. What do I need to know?

  • Transfer students and students changing educational level (bachelor's to master's, for example) who are studying in the U.S. can select in-person, mixed (hybrid) or online classes. The meeting types of these classes are identified in the schedule of classes as: SYNC/EXAM (hybrid); SYNC (online); CLAS/WEB (hybrid); WEB (online); and CLAS (in-person).
  • You must maintain normal full-time enrollment status and make progress toward completing your degree.
  • There is no limit to the number of online classes you can take.

I am a new (admitted) student outside of the U.S. with an initial I-20. What do I need to know?

  • New students who plan to study in the U.S. for Fall Term 2020 must choose some in-person or hybrid classes. You are not limited to a specific number of online credits, but you cannot take a completely online course load.
  • You must enroll in at least 1 course listed as SYNC/EXAM (hybrid), CLAS/WEB (hybrid), or CLAS (in-person).
  • You must maintain normal full-time enrollment status and make normal progress toward completing your degree.
  • If you already have your I-20, you will not need a new one for your visa appointment.
  • If you have registered for fall classes, take a copy of your class schedule with you to your visa appointment.

Note: Your eligibility for a visa and the issuance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State.

I am a new (admitted) student planning to study online (remotely) outside of the U.S. What do I need to know?

  • New students who plan to study remotely outside the U.S. can do so and take as many or as few credit hours as you wish.
  • New students who want to pursue this option must contact OISS at oissmail@wayne.edu and let us know. You will remain in initial F-1 status and the start date on your I-20 will be changed to 1/1/2021. You will receive an updated I-20 via email.

I am a new student unable to get an F-1 visa and/or travel to the U.S. What do I need to know?

  • If you can't get an F-1 visa or will not enter the U.S. and do not want to take fall 2020 classes online while outside of the U.S., you can reapply for admission for the winter 2021 semester.
  • Graduate students intending to reapply for admission for winter 2021 should e-mail their department adviser for the next steps. Undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for assistance. 
  • You will receive an updated I-20 to support your arrival for the winter 2021 term.

I am a continuing (current) Canadian student who commutes to WSU. What do I need to know?

  • While you can take a fully online program for fall 2020, you may have to explain to border officers if you seek to enter the U.S. during this time using your I-20. Reasons could be to work, study or to meet with faculty/advisers.
  • Canadian students can continue commuting across the border for the purpose of attending WSU without a 14-day quarantine.
  • Canadian students who are moving to the Detroit area should plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 
  • A resource from the Government of Canada providing guidance for Canadian students is available online

I am a new (admitted) Canadian student who commutes to WSU. What do I need to know?

  • New students who plan to study in the U.S. for Fall Term 2020 must choose some in-person or hybrid classes. You are not limited to a specific number of online credits, but you cannot take a completely online course load.
  • You must enroll in at least 1 course listed as SYNC/EXAM (hybrid), CLAS/WEB (hybrid), or CLAS (in-person).
  • Canadian students can commute across the border for the purpose of attending WSU without a 14-day quarantine.
  • Canadian students who are moving to the Detroit area should plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Unless you have been issued a part-time commuting I-20, you must maintain normal full-time enrollment and make normal progress towards completing your degree.
  • A resource from the Government of Canada providing guidance for Canadian students is available online

Will a directed study course fulfill the in-person class requirement?

  • No. Courses meeting the in-person requirement must have a meeting time and classroom listed in the schedule. At WSU, directed study courses are listed as "arranged" for both classroom and meeting time and will not satisfy the requirements.

What if the mode of instruction changes after the start of Fall 2020 classes?

All students who are in the U.S. can remain in the U.S. if Wayne State University switches to an entirely online model mid-semester

If I was scheduled to begin my studies in Fall 2020, can I be reconsidered for admission for another term?

Yes. Graduate students should e-mail their department adviser for next steps. Undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@wayne.edu.

I am a student in the English Language Institute, do these regulations apply to me?

Unless additional changes in the regulations are received, students who are enrolled in the English Language Institute who are in the U.S are not permitted to take any online courses. All courses must have a physical presence. Student who are outside the US can take all their classes online.

How does this new SEVP guidance impact my ability to participate in CPT?

You can utilize CPT during the fall 2020 term if you meet all of the requirements for CPT including applying by September 15, 2020, and prior to the start of employment.

How does the SEVP guidance for fall 2020 impact my eligibility for OPT?

Continuing students with an Active SEVIS record are eligible for all F-1 benefits, including OPT.

Can I travel to the U.S. for Fall 2020?

Your ability to enter the U.S. for the fall 2020 term depends on many factors that are outside of our control, including:

Still have questions?

WSU international students and scholars: please contact OISS by emailing oissmail@wayne.edu.

WSU students in the English Language Institute: please contact Dr. Bruce Morgan at b.morgan@wayne.edu.

WSU faculty and staff: please email the Office of International Programs at oip@wayne.edu.

  • Your ability to obtain an F1 visa; and
  • Your arrival to the U.S. from a country where there are no travel restrictions.
  • The Department of State has announced Phased Resumption of Routine Services, which includes visa services. Please review this information.