On Friday, May 3, several media outlets reported a change in practice by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that may affect international students travelling into the US.
Effective immediately, CBP officers at US ports of entry will now be required to verify that each person seeking entry into the US as an international student has a valid SEVIS record. In addition to reviewing paper documents (passport, student visa, I-20 or DS-2019 form), the CBP officer will now also verify that the student's SEVIS record is in "active" status. International students travelling into the US in the coming weeks should expect possible delays upon arrival at US ports of entry until this change is fully implemented. These travel delays should be considered when arranging connecting flights and airport pick-ups.
The only expected change for students who have maintained full-time enrollment, extended their I-20 or DS-2019 in a timely manner, and otherwise maintained status should be additional time passing through CBP's immigration inspection.
The change in practice by US government authorities is aimed at limiting access to the US for international students who have not maintained valid status or whose SEVIS records are not "active." In such cases, students may be denied entry to the US.
Please follow the links to learn more about maintaining student status and travel recommendations.