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U.S. government rescinds July 6 changes to Student and Exchange Visitor Program

From: Cranwell International Center

On July 14, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed to rescind the July 6 Broadcast Message Number 2007-01: COVID-19 and Fall 2020 and the subsequent Frequently Asked Questions and to revert back to the status quo as established by the March 9 Broadcast Message: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M nonimmigrant students and the March 13 COVID-19: Guidance for SEVP Stakeholders addendum.

This most recent decision means international students are no longer required to submit the Fall 2020 Immigration Information E-form for issuance of an updated Form I-20. That requirement is immediately suspended. If a student has already submitted the form, it will be canceled. If you have received an updated Form I-20, please shred it and revert back to your previous Form I-20.

This also means that international students currently in the United States may now take all online courses for fall 2020 semester, subject to any further guidance from DHS regarding the reversion to the March policy. The university will continue to review the March policy before providing additional guidance. We will send another communication to all international students later this week with additional information.

Virginia Tech remains fully committed to its international students and their important role in the university’s unique educational experience and growth as a global land-grant university.