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COVID Temporary Changes to F-1 Status Maintenance

Updated Temporary Guidance Requirements for Spring 2023

UWM will continue to be fully operational for the spring 2023 semester by offering a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses. Current guidance indicates that the temporary changes to enrollment requirements for F-1 visa status maintenance will remain in place for the spring 2023 semester. Review the information below to determine your F-1 visa course enrollment requirements for the spring 2023 semester.

Information for students who were not in their current Active F-1 status in March 2020: 
  • In-person coursework is required: Enrollment in as many in-person courses as possible is recommended and a minimum of 3 credit hours is required.
  • Presence in the U.S. is required.
  • Full-time enrollment is required.
    *Students graduating in the spring 2023 semester can apply for Less than Full-Time Enrollment Authorization through their ISSS Connect portal. 
    *Students not graduating spring 2023 who will not enroll full-time for spring 2023 should leave the U.S. and complete an Authorized Early Withdrawal request through their ISSS Connect portal.
  • Students who will not meet these requirements should contact isss@uwm.edu for assistance.
 
Information for students with an Active F-1 record who were in their current Active F-1 status as of March 2020: 
  • In-person coursework is not required but is recommended.
  • Presence in the U.S. is not required for most students.
    *For students from Iran: Presence in the U.S. is required.
  • Full-time enrollment is required.
    *Students graduating in the spring 2023 semester can apply for Less than Full-Time Enrollment Authorization through their ISSS Connect portal
    *Students not graduating spring 2023 who will not enroll full-time for spring 2023 should leave the U.S. and complete an Authorized Early Withdrawal request through their ISSS Connect portal.

Information for students changing to a new degree level at UWM for spring 2023:  
  • Students should consult with isss@uwm.edu to determine requirements for spring 2023. 
 
Information for students transferring to UWM for spring 2023:  
  • Students should consult with isss@uwm.edu to determine requirements for spring 2023. 
 
We anticipate these temporary allowances to end after the spring 2023 term. This means beginning fall 2023, we expect there will be more in-person coursework required. Please work with your academic/faculty advisors to plan ahead to identify appropriate in-person courses for future terms.

Contact isss@uwm.edu with any questions or call 414-229-4846 to make an appointment with an Immigration Coordinator. 
Note: Any future updates will be posted on this website as soon as possible. 
 
 
 
Updated: November 21, 2022