SEVP Offers Latest Guidance on July 24, 2020

Student Exchange and Visitors Programs (SEVP) Offered the Latest Guidance on July 24, 2020 Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 Based On March 9 Spring Guidance Broadcast. The Office of Global Services (OGS) has prepared the following information based on the latest guidance from SEVP.

Updated 07/25/2020 at 2:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions:

Undergraduate F-1 students: Freshmen

Can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?

Yes you can:  

  • If you are a fall freshman intending to be in Boston in the fall, you can take Hybrid NUflex classes, which include both a remote and an in-person component as required by SEVP.  
  • If you are a fall freshman intending to remain in your home country or outside the U.S, you can take your classes fully remotely via the NU Start Program. As a reminder, you can indicate your intent to participate in NU Start on your Application Status Check. The priority deadline to indicate your intent is July 24.  

Will I be able to travel to the U.S. for Fall 2020?

Your ability to arrive in the U.S. will depend on whether you are able to secure a F-1 student visa and there are no travel restrictions limiting your arrival to the U.S. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions

If I am a fall freshman planning to arrive in the U.S. for Fall 2020 and enroll in Hybrid NUflex classes, will I receive a new I-20 for my visa appointment?

You do not need a New I-20 for your visa appointment. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. and enroll in Hybrid NUflex classes, please use your current I-20 for your visa appointment. Please note that your visa eligibility and issuance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions.    

If I am a fall freshman planning to arrive in the U.S. for Fall 2020 and enroll in hybrid NUflex classes, what are my options if there are any visa delays? 

Any arrival after the program start date requires authorization from OGS. In the event your arrival is delayed or will be delayed for more three weeks after the program start date, please immediately reach out to OGS for guidance. 

What if I don’t get my F-1 visa on time and would like to defer?  

The deferral deadline for fall freshmen students was July 1. Students should select NU Start if they are not able to arrive in the U.S. for the Fall Academic Term. 

NUin Students

If I am an N.U.in Boston student, can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?

Yes, you can:  

  • If you are an N.U.in Boston student and are able to travel to the U.S., you can take Hybrid NUflex classes, which include both a remote and an in-person component. 
  • If you are an N.U.in Boston student and unable to travel to the U.S., you can take your classes fully remotely via NU Start. As a reminder, you can indicate your intent to participate in NU Start on your Application Status Check. The priority deadline to indicate your intent is July 24.  

If I am an N.U.in England or N.U.in Ireland student, can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?

Yes, you can:  

  • If you are an N.U.in England or N.U.in Ireland student and able to travel to your location, you can connect with OGS after your first semester experience for your transition to the U.S. for the Spring term.   
  • If you are a NU.in England or N.U.in Ireland student and unable to travel to your location, you can take your classes fully remotely via NU Start. As a reminder, you can indicate your intent to participate in NU Start on your Application Status Check. The priority deadline to indicate your intent is July 24.  

What if I don’t get my visa on time and would like to defer?  

The deferral deadline for N.U.in students was July 1. Students should select NU Start if they are not able to arrive in the United States for the Fall Academic Term. 

NU Immerse Students

Can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?   

Yes, you can:  

  • If you are a NU Immerse student and are able to travel to the U.S., you can take Hybrid NUflex classes which includes both a remote and an in-person component. 

If I am outside the U.S. and unable to join the Fall 2020 cohort due to travel restriction or visa delays, can I begin NU Immerse in Spring 2021? 

Yes, you can make your deferral request by emailing [email protected].  You will then enter the two semester program, which will take place in the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters. This will still allow you to complete the program, and if you meet the academic standards, matriculate as a transfer student on-time for Fall 2021.

Will I be able to travel to the U.S. for Fall 2020?  

Your ability to arrive in the U.S. will depend on whether you are able to secure a F-1 student visa and there are no travel restrictions limiting your arrival to the U.S. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions.   

If I am a NU Immerse student, planning to arrive in the U.S. for Fall 2020 and enroll in hybrid NUflex classes, will I receive a new I-20 for my visa appointment?  

You do not need a New I-20 for your visa appointment. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. and enroll in Hybrid NUflex classes, please use your current I-20 for your visa appointment. Please note that your visa eligibility and issuance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions. 

Transfer Students, including students who have completed the NU Immerse Program or NU Bound Program

Can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?  

 Yes, you can:  

  • If you are a transfer student already in the U.S. or intend to travel to the U.S., you can take Hybrid NUflex classes which include both a remote as well as an in-person component. 
  • If you intend to remain in your home country or outside the U.S., you can take your classes fully remotely through Hybrid NUflex.   

If I am a transfer student, enrolled in Hybrid NUflex classes, and am planning to arrive in the U.S. for Fall 2020, will I receive a new I-20 for my visa appointment?  

You do not need a New I-20 for your visa appointment. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. and enroll in Hybrid NUflex classes, please use your current I-20 for your visa appointment. Please note that your visa eligibility and issuance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions.

If I am a transfer student, can I take Hybrid NUflex classes from my home country or outside the U.S. while I am waiting for my visa to be approved?   

Yes, you can. You will need to stay in touch with OGS to request permission to arrive after the Program Start Date on your I-20 if you will be delayed by a couple of weeks. In the event you are delayed beyond three weeks, please reach out to OGS for guidance.

What if I don’t get my F-1 visa in the fall semester as a transfer student? 

You will have the following options:  

  • You can complete the fall term remotely from your home country or outside the U.S. Please contact OGS at [email protected] before the start of the Fall term. An updated I-20 to support your arrival for Spring 2021 will be sent to you.   
  •  If you do not intend to complete the fall term remotely, you can request a deferral to the Spring 2021 semester. Please contact [email protected] to make this request. An updated I-20 will be sent to support your arrival for Spring 2021. 

New Master's, Ph.D , Professional Doctoral and CPS Bachelors completion F-1 Students

Can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?  

Yes you can. If you are in the U.S. you can takHybrid NUflex classes which include an in-person component. If you are in your home country or outside the U.S, you can take your classes remotely. 

Will I be able to travel to the U.S. for Fall 2020? 

Your ability to arrive in the U.S. will depend on whether you are able to secure a F-1 student visa and there are no travel restrictions limiting your arrival to the U.S. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions 

If I will be enrolled in Hybrid NUflex classes and am planning to arrive in the U.S. for Fall 2020 will I receive a new I-20 for my visa appointment? 

You do not need a New I-20 for your visa appointment. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. and enroll in Hybrid NUflex classes, please use your current I-20 for your visa appointment. Please note that your visa eligibility and issuance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State. Please continue to monitor visa availability and information on travel restrictions.    

Can I take Hybrid NUflex classes from my home country or outside the U.S. while I am waiting for my visa to be approved? 

Yes you can. You will need to stay in touch with OGS to request permission to arrive after the Program Start Date on your I-20 if you will be delayed by a couple of weeks. In the event you are delayed beyond three weeks, please reach out to OGS for guidance.  

What if I don’t get my F-1 visa in time for the Fall Academic Term?  

You will have the following options: 

  • You can start your Fall term by taking your classes remotely from your home country or outside of the U.S. Please communicate with your academic advisor as well as OGS. An updated I-20 to support your arrival for Spring 2021 will be sent to you.  
  • Wait to start classes in Spring 2021. In this case, you need to defer your admission to Spring 2021 AND request OGS and your academic advisor to defer your program start date in SEVIS. 

Current/continuing F-1 Undergraduate, Master's, Ph.D and Professional Doctoral Students

Can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?  

Yes you can. You can take either Hybrid NUflex classes, which include both a remote and an in-person component, online classes, or a combination of both.

What is Hybrid NUflex? Is it online, or hybrid?

Hybrid NUflex is a hybrid, flexible model designed to deal with density restrictions and provide the necessary flexibility to faculty and students. Please click here to learn more. 

Can I continue to remain in the U.S. if I enroll in fully online classes during the Fall term?

Yes, F-1 students may remain in the U.S. to engage in a full course of study online during the Fall term, this includes transfer students and change of degree level students in the U.S, who have remained in the U.S. in active status and are starting a new program of study that is 100 percent online.  Students engaged in 100 percent online coursework will be able to maintain their F-1 status.

How do I know if my class is Hybrid NUflex or Online?

All classes usually taught as on-ground instructional method will default be offered as “Hybrid NUflex” for the Fall term unless listed as “Online” instructional method during your course registration process.

What are my options if I left the U.S. during the Spring/Summer 2020 term and I want to take my classes remotely during Fall 2020? 

  • If you have a valid visa and travel signature, you can return to campus and enroll in Hybrid NUflex classes. Please ensure there are no travel restrictions limiting your arrival to the U.S. 

 OR 

  • You may enroll in classes remotely in Fall 2020.  Your SEVIS record will be kept “Active” and you will continue to accrue the benefits of your F-1 status.  

I am currently in my home country or outside of the U.S. planning to return to campus for Fall 2020. I have a valid visa. Will you send me a new I-20?  

If you have a valid I-20 and travel signature, you will not need a new I-20. Please continue to monitor information on travel restrictions before you plan your travel.  If your I-20 and travel signature are not valid, please contact OGS and we will review your record and issue an updated I-20 accordingly.

Before you plan your travel, please make sure:

  1. Your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your expected date of return.
  2. Your F-1 visa will be valid for your expected date of return.
  3. Have a valid travel signature on your Form 1-20.
  • Travel signatures are valid for one year while enrolled in classes, or until your program end date.
  • While on Post-Completion OPT, your travel signature is valid for six months from the date signed.

You do not need a new travel signature for each time you travel. 

To request a travel signature—please log in to myOGS and complete the e-form request. Requests will be approved as soon as possible.

Can I participate in co-ops or internships using my CPT? 

You may utilize CPT to participate in academically approved co-ops and internships as long as your CPT is authorized by OGS prior to starting the practical training, you are enrolled in the required CPT course and you meet all the employment requirements established by your co-op or internship supervisor. 

Can I take a break for one term?  

If you choose to take a break and not enroll in any classes, you can request a non-medical leave of absence from the university and OGS. Consult with your academic advisor and an OGS advisor about the length of time you will be outside the U.S. OGS will advise you about considerations for your benefits such as CPT and OPT.  

What if the pandemic worsens in the fall and all classes are moved online – will I have to leave the U.S.?

The university is aware of student concerns and travel restrictions. Your safety and wellbeing will be prioritized when decisions are made.

Per the July 24th SEVP guidance, students pursuing studies in the U.S. for the Fall 2020 term may remain in the U.S. even if their educational institution switches to a hybrid program or to fully online instruction. Students will maintain their nonimmigrant status in this scenario for the duration of the Fall academic term.

Should I notify OGS if I have left the U.S and plan on engaging in studies remotely for the Fall term?

If you departed the U.S. and plan to enroll in your courses remotely from your home country, please notify OGS by completing this e-form request so that we can add the SEVP required remark to your SEVIS record.

Current/continuing J-1 undergraduate and Master's, Ph.D and Professional Doctoral Students

Can I enroll in classes for Fall 2020?

Yes you can. If you are in the U.S. you can take hybrid NUflex classes which include both a remote and an in-person component as required. 

What is hybrid NUflex? Is it online, or hybrid?

Hybrid NUflex is a hybrid, flexible model designed to deal with density restrictions and provide the necessary flexibility to faculty and students. It includes in-person requirements for J-1 students. Please clickhere to learn more. 

 

 

Please visit this page frequently for updates on reopening Northeastern University.  

OGS is offering several webinars for new and continuing students where we will continue to provide advice and updates. Please go to https://international.northeastern.edu/ogs and scroll down to Upcoming Webinars. 

These FAQs will be updated as soon as SEVP releases a statement or provides additional clarity.