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

06:05  07 july  2020
06:05  07 july  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.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.

Foreign students will not be allowed to stay in the US this autumn if their universities have moved But Monday's announcement said foreign students who remain in the US while enrolled in online The rule applies to holders of F - 1 and M - 1 visas , which are for academic and vocational students .

Foreign students must leave the United States if their school's classes this fall will be taught ICE said it would not allow holders of student visas to remain in the country if their school was fully M - 1 vocational program students and F - 1 English language training program students will not be allowed

International students studying in the United States 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, according to an announcement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

a view of a park with a city in the background: The University of Washington is seen here. © Gregobagel/Getty Images The University of Washington is seen here.

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.

Students enrolled in a school "operating entirely online" must either leave the country or transfer to a school that is offering in-person classes, ICE said.

U.S. to force out foreign students taking classes fully online

  U.S. to force out foreign students taking classes fully online U.S. to force out foreign students taking classes fully onlineNEW YORK (Reuters) - Foreign students must leave the United States if their school's classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday.

Students on F - 1 and M - 1 visas who face such a situation "must depart the country or take other measures, such as The agency's 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

Foreign students in the US on student visas will have to leave the country if their schools move to hold online classes this fall amid the coronavirus, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Monday. In a press release, ICE said nonimmigrant F - 1 and M - 1 students attending schools

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"If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings," a news release said.

The Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) normally limits the number of online classes a nonimmigrant student can take under its student visa program. SEVP officials had relaxed those limits for the spring and summer semesters due to the coronavirus, but the new order eliminates those temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester.

a group of people walking down a sidewalk next to a tree: Students walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus. © Jon Lovette/Getty Images Students walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

The University of Southern California announced earlier this month that undergraduate students will "primarily or exclusively" be taking online classes during the fall semester and that "on-campus housing and activities will be limited."

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.

Under the updated rules, international students must take at least some of their classes in person. New visas will not be issued to students at schools And even at colleges offering a mix of in-person and online courses this fall , international students will be barred from taking all their classes online .

International Students - Travel and Immigration. The US State Department suspended Will international students with full time enrollment in face-to-face classes be allowed to take more As a current F - 1 or J- 1 student , will I be able to take online classes in fall 2020 semester while inside or

On Monday, Harvard University announced only 40% of undergraduate students would return to campus in the fall.

The ICE announcement said that students enrolled in schools that offer a combination of in-person and online classes will be permitted to continue as long as the school certifies that the program is not all online, that the student is not exclusively taking online classes, and that "the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program."

F-1 and M-1 visas are given to foreign nationals who are pursuing academic or vocational studies in the United States, according to ICE.

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