Foreign students in US taking online classes in fall told to return
NEW YORK (US) – The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency declared on Monday that students from abroad must leave the country if their classes move to online mode in the autumn or seek transfer to another institution with in-person instruction.
Although it is not clear how many students are likely to be affected by the new directive. Students from abroad are a main source of revenue for scores of US universities as they pay full tuition.
ICE authorities said in case the students do not leave the country or move to another institution, they would potentially face deportation.
Amid the coronavirus surge, colleges and varsities have announced their plans for the fall 2020 semester. Harvard University said it would host online classes for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The new directive applies to students holding F-1 and M-1 visas, which are for academic and vocational students. According to government data, the State Department issued 388,839 F visas and 9,518 M visas in 2019 fiscal.
However, the new guidance do not affect students taking classes in person. It also exempts F-1 students taking a partial online course-load, as long as their university certifies the student’s instruction is not completely digital.
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