ISSS has provided a update to international students with F-1 status regarding the July “Broadcast Message” from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Guidance provided by DHS varies by the model that institutions have selected for fall instruction. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will offer a blend of in-person and remote instruction; this is called a hybrid model. International students with F-1 status are encourage to review the ISSS message in its entirety. ISSS also maintains a list of many frequently asked questions specific to F-1 students on their site.
The University, colleges, ISSS and others are working to better understand aspects of the policy that are not yet fully clear, and remain committed to ensuring that F-1 students are not left with a fully online course schedule that jeopardizes their student immigration status.