What do all of these changes mean for international students?

Current federal guidance allows F-1 and J-1 students with a valid I-20 or DS-2019 to maintain valid immigration status during UW-Madison’s terms of online instruction. This federal guidance applies only to campus-wide online instruction decisions related to COVID-19. If face-to-face instruction resumes for fall 2020, regular minimum enrollment requirements will need to be met, including limitations to online enrollment. You should closely monitor international travel advisories to assess the risks of travel restrictions that may impact your ability to return to the U.S. to pursue your full-time enrollment and maintenance of F-1 or J-1 student status.

New students and re-entry students cannot enter the U.S. to enroll in only online classes. The current federal guidance does not apply to students with an “initial status” I-20 or DS-2019.

International Student Services continues to monitor the situation. Please visit the ISS website for the latest updates.

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