8:45PM on April 18, 2022, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
announced that they will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020
for the 2022-23 academic year. This guidance enables schools and students to
engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the
continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19.
This means that there continues to be flexibility for current
students regarding the number of online credits they may take within the U.S.
without violating F-1 visa regulations. As you prepare for the upcoming academic
year including both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, please keep in mind the
If you were studying in the U.S. as of
March 9, 2020 and have maintained valid F-1 visa status, you may continue to
enroll in all online classes in the upcoming academic year.
If you arrived in the U.S. on a F-1 visa after March
9, 2020, then you may not pursue a 100% online course
of study, but you may engage in a hybrid course of study that exceeds the
standard 3 credit online limit.
Note: Regulations prior to the COVID-19 pandemic required at
least 9 credits of in-person or hybrid enrollment. These standard regulations
are expected to return in the future, so we recommend planning ahead with your
academic advisor to ensure your program’s course offerings will allow for
sufficient in-person or hybrid courses in future semesters.