Immigration

Planning for 2022/2023 Academic Year

(Updated April 18, 2022) 

SEVP confirmed, on April 18, 2022, that the guidance they issued in March 2020 would apply for the 2022/2023 Academic Year.   ​This guidance allows F-1 students at schools still operating with temporary measures to be exempt from online course mode limitations.   For information on what USF is doing to stop the spread, please visit: https://www.usf.edu/coronavirus/

We have updated our advice for the 2022/ 2023 academic year below.

Fall 2022/ Spring 2023

F-1 Students Continuing Their Studies at USF

  • We encourage you to make plans to travel back to the US and to your USF campus in time to begin classes for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.
    • If you are outside the US, you need a valid passport, valid F-1 visa stamp, and most recent I-20 with a travel signature on page 2 for the return. A travel signature is good for one year from the date it was initially signed.
    • If you do not have a travel signature or it is expired, you can request a new one by completing the travel signature request on iStart.
  • You must register full-time.
    • Graduate students = 9 hours
    • Undergraduate students = 12 hours
  • You may select ANY combination of course delivery modes for your Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 schedule.
  • You must obtain health insurance that meets Florida requirements.
  • Continuing F-1 students include students changing levels ex. Pathway to Degree, Bachelor to Master, or Master to PhD.


NOTE: If you are not able to travel or are unable to come to the US, you can maintain F-1 status while studying outside the US.  You do not need to contact us since we will keep your F-1 status in official university records.

  • See SHS for any process to waive US health insurance.
  • You need to work with your academic department to find appropriate online course options.  There is not the same full range of options for spring.
  • You cannot remain employed if you are in ANY on-campus position including GA/TA/RA’s.
  • If you cannot be full-time, you can seek an AEW in iStart.  Doing this means you may need to pay the SEVIS fee again and will lose eligibility towards CPT (internships) and OPT.

New F-1 Students Beginning Their Studies or New Program at USF

  • You should arrive to the US and your USF campus no later than the first week of the semester to your program at USF. You cannot arrive late. 
  • You must register full-time.
    • Graduate students = 9 hours
    • Undergraduate students = 12 hours
  • You must select at least ONE in-person courses categorized as classroom (CL) or hybrid (HB) delivery.
  • You must obtain health insurance that meets Florida requirements.

NOTE: If you have travel or visa delays and are unable to come to the US, send an email to newinternational@usf.edu.

New Students Transferring F-1 Status from Another US School to USF

  • You should arrive to your USF campus no later than the first week of the semester to begin your program at USF. You cannot arrive late.
  • You must register full-time.
    • Graduate students = 9 hours
    • Undergraduate students = 12 hours
  • You must select at least ONE in-person courses categorized as classroom (CL) or hybrid (HB) delivery.
  • You must obtain health insurance that meets Florida requirements.

NOTE: If you have travel or visa delays and are unable to come to the US, send an email to newinternational@usf.edu.

Additional Resources

See the international student FAQs for more answers to detailed questions.

Students wishing to meet with an immigration advisor should complete the Contact an Advisor E-Form in iStart. An advisor will arrange a remote appointment at the student’s convenience (any time zone).