COVID-19 Webinar FAQs: 5 Month Rule

UPDATE to previous advice: SEVP has announced that the 5 month rule, which was previously explained in the OIS webinar and following FAQ's, will not be enforced for the duration of time that COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place AND the F-1 student remains in Active academic status at their institution. Therefore, if you left the U.S. during the Spring 2020 semester and you remained enrolled on a full-time basis throughout the term, you may re-enter the U.S. on your current I-20, even if your absence is longer than 5 months.