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COVID Temporary Changes to F-1 Status Maintenance

Updated Temporary Guidance Requirements for Fall 2022

UWM will continue to be fully operational for the fall 2022 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 fall 2022 semester. Review the information below to determine your F-1 visa course enrollment requirements for the fall 2022 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 fall 2022 semester can apply for Less than Full-Time Enrollment Authorization through your 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 fall 2022 semester can apply for Less than Full-Time Enrollment Authorization through your ISSS Connect portal
    *If you are not graduating fall 2022 and will not enroll full-time for fall 2022, you should leave the U.S. and complete an Authorized Early Withdrawal request through your ISSS Connect portal.

Information for students changing to a new degree level at UWM for fall 2022:  
  • Students should consult with isss@uwm.edu to determine requirements for fall 2022. 
 
Information for students transferring to UWM for fall 2022:  
  • Students should consult with isss@uwm.edu to determine requirements for fall 2022. 
 
 
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: May 10, 2022