U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced modifications to its Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on Monday July 6, 2020. International students attending U.S. colleges that will operate entirely online in the fall semester cannot remain in the country to participate in this mode of instruction.
The program modifications are contrary to the University of Illinois' mission to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation and around the world through our leadership in learning, discovery, engagement, and economic development as well as the mission of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), which seeks to improve campus climate by providing transformative learning experiences to the Illinois community that result in an appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural engagement.
OIIR will advocate for the international students directly impacted by this decision. International Education, a unit within OIIR, plans to provide weekly sessions this summer to address students' concerns and answer questions. To accommodate international students overseas, International Education modified its summer Self-Care sessions to late evenings, and will collaborate with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to answer visa/student status questions. To learn more about International Education, please visit oiir.illinois.edu/cultural-resource-centers/international-education, call (217) 300-0463, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.