Virginia Tech to provide assistance for international students following DHS’ decision to modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Officials with Virginia Tech will be offering information and guidance to nearly 4,000 international students, stemming from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking courses online during the upcoming fall semester.

The DHS’s announcement through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program states that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.

The U.S. Department of State said it will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester, nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.

Virginia Tech, through the Cranwell International Center, is actively engaging with international students to ensure they have the information and support they need to navigate the updated guidelines.

“We are committed to our international students and their important role in Virginia Tech’s unique educational experience and growth as a global land-grant university. Our hybrid instructional model will allow our international students to continue their studies and their important contributions to our campuses and communities. As we adapt to the changing COVID-19 environment, it is vital that Virginia Tech and our sister institutions have maximum flexibility to continue serving as the preferred destination for the world’s brightest minds.”

Tim Sands, President of Virginia Tech

On June 15, Virginia Tech submitted to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, the university’s updated operational plans for fall semester which included a mix of in-person, online and hybrid courses across all academic colleges and programs.

“During these difficult times, Cranwell International Center stands ready to serve and support the over 4,000 international students from over 100 countries who are creating invaluable cultural and intellectual diversity for the educational experience at Virginia Tech,” said David Clubb, director of Cranwell International Center. “They are essential to the development of global competence in all students, and we will do everything we can to ensure their ongoing presence and success.”

David Clubb, Director of Cranwell International Center

Cranwell International Center has developed a resource website with FAQs and contacts regarding the announcement and other important information. View that website by clicking here.

Students with any questions can contact the Cranwell International Center at (540) 231-6527 or email

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