How Will Online Classes Affect International Students’ Visa Status?

March 10, 2020

Harvard President Larry Bacow issued a statement this morning announcing the transition of all courses to virtual instruction in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The U.S. government recognizes there are extenuating circumstances because these classes were not intended to be online. The Harvard International Office (HIO) received guidance from the government that they intend to be flexible with temporary adaptations to classes. Provided international students can continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations, students’ legal immigration status is not in jeopardy. International students and scholars should contact their HIO advisor with any questions or concerns.

For continued Coronavirus updates, please monitor Harvard University’s Coronavirus webpage.