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This page was last updated on May 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm CST.
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Fall 2023 Enrollment Requirements - COVID19 Allowance for Online Classes Ends
Full Time Enrollment
F-1 and J-1 students must maintain a full-time course load during fall and spring semesters. This means:
F1 and J1 Undergraduate students must enroll in 12 credit hours or more.
F1 and J1 Graduate students must enroll in 9 credit hours or more.
For F-1 visa holders, only 1 online class (a 1, 2, or 3 credit hour class) per semester may count towards a “full course of study.” This means:
F1 Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 9 credit hours of face-to-face classes.
F1 Graduate students must enroll in at least 6 credit hours of face-to face classes.
For J-1 visa holders, no online courses may count towards your full-time enrollment requirement. This means:
J1 Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours of face-to-face classes.
J1 Graduate students must enroll in at least 9 credit hours of face-to-face classes.
Coronavirus Travel Bans by Presidential Proclamation
As of May 12th, 2023 - nonimmigrant travelers are no longer subject to the requirement to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine before entering the United States. You can read more through a professional analysis here.
Updated June 28, 2022: As of June 12, a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required to enter the United States by air. All foreign nationals must still be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO approved vaccine. Please see additional information online at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel...
U.S. Embassy in Moscow to Cease Non-Immigrant Visa Issuance
The Department of State announced on April 30 that non-immigrant visa issuance will cease in Moscow. More information can be found online at: https://ru.usembassy.gov/message-to-u-s-citizens-u-s-mission-russia-reduction-of-consular-services/
DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela, Syria, and Myanmar
More information about TPS for these countries as well as others can be found online at: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status
ISSS recommends speaking with a knowledgeable immigration attorney if you believe you may be eligible to file for TPS.
Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People's Republic of China
On May 29, 2020, the White House released the Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People's Republic of China. This proclamation will go into effect at 11 a.m. central daylight time on June 1, 2020. It suspends the entry of nationals of the People's Republic of China who plan to enter the U.S. in F or J status who receive funding, is employed by, or who conducts research for any entity in the PRC that implements or supports the People's Republic of China's "military-civil fusion strategy." There are important exceptions to this rule including but not limited to:
- People pursuing undergraduate study in the U.S.
- Individuals whose research or study would not contribute to the military-civil fusion strategy of the People's Republic of China as determined by the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. lawful permanent residents
- Spouses of US Citizens and permanent residents
NOTE: This proclamation is not an entry ban on all nationals of the People's Republic of China. It is meant to be applied only to those with direct ties to the People's Republic of China's "military-civil fusion strategy." There is not a current proclamation that revokes F or J visas for thsoe already in the U.S. At this time, while we believe the scope of impact from this proclamation will be relatively low at UNT, there are still many unknowns regarding how this policy will be implemented. Until we are advised otherwise by the U.S. government, we will continue to process immigration documents for all F-1 and J-1 students.
Updated January 20, 2021 - President Biden signed an executive order removing previous travel restrictions put in place in 2018 and 2020 for citizens of the following countries:
- North Korea
Read the proclamation in its entirety. Additional background information is available at NAFSA.