US U.S. says foreign students may have to leave if their school goes online-only

01:32  07 july  2020
01:32  07 july  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning

  International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday. © Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/FILE A runner crosses Harvard Yard on March 23, 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Students were required to be out of their dorms no later than March 15 and finish the rest of the semester online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

International students in the US whose colleges switch to online - only classes this fall will have to leave the country or transfer to another school , according to a Monday afternoon order by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Foreign nationals participating in the Student and Exchange Visitor

Some students have been reluctant to share the extent of their troubles with their families who were Some students said they cannot wait for a more permanent solution to their visa problems. “My mom said if this thing doesn’t get controlled in two or three months, I will have to go back home

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government announced Monday that international students will not be allowed to stay in the country if their institution is holding online-only courses this fall. If students fail to comply with the rules, they risk deportation.

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Students on F-1 and M-1 visas who face such a situation "must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status," the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a news release.

Those who violate the rules "may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings," said the agency.

Students on F-1, M-1 visas can't remain in US if all their fall classes are online

  Students on F-1, M-1 visas can't remain in US if all their fall classes are online Foreign students studying in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 student visa won't be able to continue their studies in the fall if their school only offers online classes. The ruling comes as schools across the country attempt to navigate how to safely reopen this fall as COVID-19 cases continue to tick upward in many areas.

So far, only three of her students have been consistently engaged with online lessons, she said . “A lot of our students have siblings they have to take care of, and their parents are still going out and working The current limitations, he added, have left both teachers and students “slightly depressed.”

Nationwide, the number of new foreign students declined an average of 7 percent this past fall The president, Matthew Wilson, said that students from India were reporting increased scrutiny of their The team’ s elimination prompted at least two members to decide to leave the university, according to

The news comes as some colleges and universities, including Harvard, have announced they plan to hold online-only courses this fall as the U.S. struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

The new rules are a blow to many international students who will be forced to either leave the country or scramble to transfer to a new school to keep their legal status. Some who exit the country will face hurdles to learning online, such as varying time zones.

The ICE guidance stated that students in institutions with a hybrid of online and in-person courses may take multiple online classes, while current limits will remain for colleges and universities holding normal in-person classes.

Cuccinelli says rule forcing international students to return home will 'encourage schools to reopen'

  Cuccinelli says rule forcing international students to return home will 'encourage schools to reopen' Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that the department's provision requiring international students to take in-person classes or return home for the fall semester will encourage U.S. schools to reopen campuses.In an interview with CNN, Cuccinelli said that if schools did not reopen physical campuses, "there isn't a reason" for international students to remain in the U.S."This is now setting the rules for one semester, which we'll finalize later this month that will, again, encourage schools to reopen," the secretary said.

Moreover, they say , the Chinese students are experts in their subject fields and bolster American Preventing the students from coming to the United States may make it more difficult for the The Chinese military has strong ties to a number of schools with an overt military bent, according to the

Foreign students , usually paying full tuition, represent a significant revenue source everywhere And like many colleges, Colby has had to refund room and board for students asked to leave campus. One group of students that could see a silver lining , said Hafeez Lakhani, a college admissions

The new ICE rules "should not affect students participating in OPT," an agency spokesperson said, referring to the Optional Practical Training program that allows F-1 students who have finished their study to work in the U.S. for up to one year in a relevant field.

International students are 5.5 percent of the higher education population in the U.S., totaling nearly 1.1 million in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education.

Because they generally receive little or no financial aid, foreign students tend to pour large amounts of money into U.S. higher education institutions, which subsidizes Americans.

The latest ICE regulations represent the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to restrict legal immigration and visas to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICE's rules require schools to notify the "update their information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) within 10 days of the change if they begin the fall semester with in-person classes but are later required to switch to only online classes, or a nonimmigrant student changes their course selections, and as a result, ends up taking an entirely online course load."

Students are now allowed to stay in the USA .
The US government does not want to withdraw visas from foreign students who can only attend online courses at their universities due to the corona pandemic. Hundreds of universities had sued the order. © picture-alliance / ZB / A.

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