- Details on New ICE Executive Order
A new immigration report was released in the news that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a sub division of the US Department of Homeland Security) will pass a new guidance that students enrolled in online courses of study due to COVI19 cannot be in the US on an I-20. SEVP, a sub division of ICE, emailed universities on the interpretation of this guidance.
You may read the SEVP guidance here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bcm2007-01.pdf
Please understand the following:
Tennessee Tech international students are not affected by this policy.
- We will need to modify everyone’s I-20 and you will need this new modified I-20 to enter the US.
- We will email everyone later on how I will send the new I-20s to you.
Per the President of Tennessee Tech’s email last month, the fall semester at Tennessee Tech is a normal semester where the majority of courses are in class courses (like what we had at the beginning of Spring 2020).
Any student who is stuck outside the US due to flight issues or visa issues, we can provide you options. The options include:
- Work with your department to turn classes into online classes, and then when arriving to Tennessee Tech, resume regular courses.
- Work with your department to turn classes into online classes and stay outside of the US (the I-20 will need to be cancelled and we may have the ability to reactivate it with SEVP in December).
- Not taking classes in fall and staying outside the US. The I-20 would be cancelled and a new one would need to be issued before you return in spring 2021.
Welcome to Tennessee Tech University! One of our goals here at Tennessee Tech is to improve institutional performance on behalf of internationalization and intercultural relations and to ensure that all Tennessee Tech University undergraduates and graduates gain the knowledge, perspectives and skills necessary to succeed in today's complex, pluralistic world.
The Office of International Education provides admissions services for all international and DACA undergraduates. We also provide international students and visiting scholars with immigration services. In addition, IE coordinates study abroad programs for all Tennessee Tech students.
An international student is classified for educational purposes as a person who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States. Tennessee Tech is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.
Watch these videos of Tennessee Tech international students speaking about their experiences
at Tennessee Tech:
» Rebecca from El Salvador
» Thiago from Brazil
» Ryan from Thailand
» Alvaro from Spain
» Rosa from Peru
» Shanrya from Bahamas
» Mohammed from Thailand