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Read an Update on Federal Guidance for the 2021-22 Academic Year

April 26, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) ended its Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidance on May 11, 2023, consistent with the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. As a result, all related statements, guidance and FAQs previously released by SEVP also terminated on May 11, 2023, and this content may be outdated. Learn more


F and M students and schools certified by SEVP should continue to abide by guidance issued in March 2020 for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.

The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19. The March 2020 guidance applies to nonimmigrant students who were actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9, 2020, and are otherwise complying with the terms of their nonimmigrant status, whether from inside the United States or abroad.

Refer to the Broadcast Message for details on guidance for continuing and Initial students.

Additional Resources

Refer to SEVP’s current policy guidance and frequently asked questions at, under the Nonimmigrant Students and SEVP-certified Schools header:

SEVP recently updated its frequently asked questions with information to clarify the application of the March 2020 guidance to the 2021-22 academic year and will continue to update these resources with the latest information and guidance.

Please continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the latest COVID-19 information and specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions. Visit the COVID-19 Resources page to find resources from government partners.

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