Winter 2021 Term for F-1 Students

Winter 2021 enrollment will be required for all international students to maintain their F-1 student immigration status. While Detroit Mercy expects that the Fall 2020 guidance regarding online enrollment will continue to Winter 2021, it is not guaranteed. ISO will update this page immediately once SEVP posts new guidance for Winter 2021.

Fall 2020 Term for F-1 Students

14 August 2020

F-1 Students:

The ICE/SEVP broadcast message and FAQ documents released on July 6 and 7 were rescinded by the U.S. government, effective July 14th. We are all very happy with this news.

With that said, we will be operating under the original guidance that was released on March 9 and March 13. This temporarily allows continuing/active F-1 international students to enroll in 100% on-line classes and maintain lawful F-1 status. ISO will discontinue issuing new I-20s with a remark on page 1 on each I-20 related to hybrid classes; that was a requirement of the now rescinded guidance from July 6.

SEVP published updated FAQ’s regarding the Fall 2020 term on July 24. This means that students with a Continued Attendance I-20/Active SEVIS record:

  1. Can maintain your F-1 immigration status inside or outside the U.S.
    1. To keep your record active, you must be enrolled for a full course load of study and making normal progress towards your degree program. If it is your last semester and you need less than a full course load of study to graduate, you must fill out a Reduced Course Load (RCL) form and email it to ISO by September 1 (if you have not done so already).
  2. If you are currently in the U.S., you may enroll in more than three credits of online classes or enroll in all remote/online credits. This is in accordance with the March guidance. There is no immigration requirement for in-person enrollment for fall 2020.
  3. There will be no issue with you continuing your studies all online as we switch to remote learning after Thanksgiving. You may remain in the U.S. lawfully as long as you complete your full course of study for fall 2020.

Students who are brand new to U.S., change of status or transfer, please contact ISO directly, at to determine how the fall 2020 guidance applies to your specific situation.

These rules are only valid for the Fall 2020 term. We anticipate further guidance for the Winter 2021 term.