If OSU starts the fall term with mostly remote instruction – with some in-person classes and online Ecampus courses – but is forced to go fully remote due to public health concerns, how will this affect my visa status?

The July 24, 2020 federal guidance, states that students studying from inside the U.S. for the fall 2020 school term will be able to continue studying from within the United States and maintain their visa status if a university changes its mode of instruction to fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are required to continue meeting their full-time enrollment requirements or have an approved alternate enrollment, reduced course load including vacation term approvals, and have no other violations of status.

OSU is currently planning for a return to campus for combined on-site and remote learning options to maintain appropriate physical distancing requirements.

Because there may be changes in how some courses are offered between now and the start of fall term, please continue to monitor OSU’s COVID-19 Safety & Success website for updates and check with academic advisors in your program or course instructors directly with questions. While Ecampus classes may be allowed for immigration purposes, they may not be allowed by certain sponsors, and OSU’s Ecampus schedule of courses is limited both in variety and in class-size capacity. Therefore, unless you are already registered in Ecampus classes, it may be challenging to find a full-time course load with all Ecampus courses.

Last Modified: 
September 3, 2020