COVID19 International Student Updates

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Information for international students at SIU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On July 14, a decision was reached in the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT regarding the ICE and SEVP announcements of June 6 and 7. The U.S. government has agreed to rescind those policy statements and FAQs and allow the previously issued guidance to remain in effect. They will return to the status quo as established by the March 9, 2020 policy directive and the addendum issued on March 13, 2020. ISS will communicate in detail after we have examined the decision carefully. F-1 students are encouraged to continue checking their SIU email for an updated message from our office soon.  However, with the previous guidance now in effect, international students on F-1 status will be able to keep this status for Fall 2020 provided they register for a full course load, regardless of whether these courses are in-person, hybrid, or via remote learning. 

Please bear in mind this is still a fluid situation due to the nature of a global pandemic. We will continue to update this webpage with additional changes and guidance as it becomes available. 

Below frequently asked questions (FAQs) specific to F-1 students will be updated as soon as possible to reflect upates for Fall 2020.

The Office of International Students & Scholars (ISS) is working to provide up-to-date information to all international students as it becomes available. We understand that there are many concerns during this time and we are working to secure answers for each of your queries. Please continue to reach out to us by email at

Below you will find a compilation of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Please continue to review for updated information.


Archived announcement from 07/08/2020:

ISS communicated an update to F-1 students on July 8 regarding the July 6 "Broadcast Message" (PDF) from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). F-1 students are encourage to review the ISSS message in its entirety. As of July 14, this guidance has been rescinded.