Immigration regulatory guidance was published related to the 2021-2022 academic year. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) posted a broadcast message on April 26, 2021. This guidance continues to allow some flexibility for F-1 and J-1 students enrolled in Universities in the United States if face to face (in person) courses are not being offered. The new guidance must be applied with nuance to the situation at the University of Tennessee and to each individual student. F-1 and J-1 students are required to enroll full-time each fall and spring semester. The following advice reflects the best practice for our students for 2021-2022.
To Enroll in a Full Course of Study in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022:
- Take as many face to face courses as possible. If a course is offered both face to face and online, select the face to face option.
- Enroll in at least one face to face class
If you cannot enroll in at least one face to face course, speak with your academic advisor (undergraduate students) or your department (graduate students) first. If you still are unable to add a face to face course, sign up for Virtual Immigration Advising to speak with an ISSS advisor.