PSU statement on ICE policy affecting international students
Author: University Communications
Posted: July 7, 2020

On July 6, the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released their plans for fall term 2020. These plans will be published formally on August 4. While the SEVP was surprisingly lenient with respect to loosening immigration regulations pertaining to international students in spring and summer terms, this newest directive is shockingly rigid.

SEVP has indicated that while international students may continue to register for more than one online class — the regulations restrict international students from enrolling in more than one class (or 3 credits) online per term under normal circumstances — in fall term, if a student is unable to register for at least one in-person class, they will have to go home.

At Portland State University, we are offering some in-person courses as part of the Fall Flex plans for fall term, but we can’t guarantee that all international students will have the opportunity to enroll in an in-person course. 

We are extremely hopeful that there will be advocacy in the coming days to request a roll back of  many of the requirements that SEVP has announced. Today the President’s Alliance on Immigration and Higher Education condemned the forthcoming policy. Portland State, along with universities across the country, highly values our vibrant international student community and will advocate for their ability to remain in the U.S. and study as they wish. 

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is actively following the developments related to the SEVP announcement. They are in contact with international students and will work to keep the campus informed of new policy developments. 

For assistance or further information, contact the office via email at