For international students: UND remote learning and maintaining immigration status

Dear UND International Students & Scholars,

UND’s International Center staff want you all to know that you may have questions and we are here to support you. We continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19, including information from the US government regarding students and scholars.  Below you may find the answers to some of the questions you have.

SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) has issued guidance regarding individuals in F-1, J-1, and M-1 status at schools where significant curricular changes have been made. SEVP intends to be flexible in this situation that will allow students to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study.

Please know that UND’s decision to teach remotely for the 2 weeks following spring break currently does not violate the rules and regulations of your immigration status.

You are still subject to the rules and regulations of your status. Some examples include:

  • Maintaining full-time enrollment during the normal academic year
  • On-campus work of no more than 20 hrs (except during official school breaks, eg. Spring Break)
  • Ensuring you maintain a valid Passport and I-20 (a visa is only needed for entry to the US)

The UND International Center will continue to monitor this situation regarding immigration statuses. At this time, the guidance we have received does not leave us any concern regarding classes being temporarily offered remotely.  If we receive any information that will begin affecting students’ status, we will reach out to all affected students and/or scholars.

We continue to encourage you to carefully consider your spring break travel plans. We recommend that you do not travel internationally.  Ultimately, decisions regarding your spring break travel plans are yours to make. If you decide to travel internationally and experience any travel issues when attempting to return to UND, please notify me ( or International Student Advisor Adam Hanson ( and we will discuss your situation.  Please know that with the changing travel restrictions return to the US may not be possible.

As you were informed from an earlier email from the university today, UND residences will remain open and limited dining options will also be available.

Please know that our office will continue to support and assist as best we can.



Amy Senger
Assistant Director
International Center
University of North Dakota
Tel: +1.701.777.3935