DHS/ICE Clarification for Fall 2020

July 30, 2020

With the release of DHS/ICE’s Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 we now have a clearer understanding of how Yale's Fall 2020 choices of enrollment will impact your F-1 status. 

Here are a few of the key points:

  • Continuing students in F-1 Active status are permitted to study in-person, 100% online or a combination of both. Continuing students who chose to study remotely from outside the U.S. may do so and will retain their active SEVIS record.
  • New students in F-1 Initial status who are currently outside the U.S. will not be able to enter the U.S. to enroll in a course of study that is 100% online. However, the new guidance allows them to enter the U.S. to study in a school that offers a mix of online and in-person classes. Yale’s Fall 2020 model qualifies under this guidance.
  • Students can download and print a letter explaining Yale's Fall 2020 model here.
  • Each school at Yale will seperately address conditions of a delayed attendance for fall term. New students in F-1 Initial status who will arrive after the start of classes must engage in a mixture of online and in-person classes upon arrival in the U.S.
  • If for public health reasons, Yale must shift to all online instruction at some point during the fall semester, all F-1 students holding Active SEVIS status (including newly arrived students who have checked in with OISS) will be able to maintain their nonimmigrant status.
  • Students currently outside the U.S. need to be mindful of other international travel issues such as travel restrictions, transit rules, availability of flights, and limited operations at the U.S. Embassies/Consulates. Please review the OISS Fall 2020 Travel Page.

Note: J-1 students operate under different guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State. This week there was an announcement to schools permitting “altered modalities” of study during the COVID-19 emergency either in-person, or on-line for Fall 2020 .