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Important Message Regarding Hurricane Irma

Response to Hurricane Irma: Impact on F-1 and M-1 Nonimmigrant Students in Affected Areas

September 14, 2017

Following the impact of Hurricane Irma on the affected jurisdictions in Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is requesting certain information in order provide assistance with maintaining contact with your students.

SEVP requests that all schools in the impacted regions please respond to the following questions as soon as possible:

Has your school been impacted by the hurricane? If ‘no,’ please advise SEVP immediately via the contact information below. If ‘yes,’ please respond to the following questions:

  1. Have you accounted for all F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrants enrolled at your school, as well as their accompanying dependents, if any?
  2. Do you anticipate an immediate recovery that will enable your students to resume their course of study for this session? If ‘no,’ please provide an estimated date for when you anticipate that students can resume their course of study via the contact information below.
  3. If the hurricane’s impact will preclude resumption of normal student progress this session, do you have an alternate plan (e.g., instruction at another location or transfer to another school)? Please provide a brief description of your school’s plan via the contact information below.

Submit your response by email to SEVP at, attention: Hurricane Irma. Please include additional related comments, questions and/or concerns, if any.

SEVP may follow up to your response if any clarification is required. For important information about campus resilience and disaster recovery, visit the Campus Resilience at SEVP-Certified Schools and Maintain F and M Status in Emergency Events resource pages.

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