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Published on July 7, 2020 | Education News| Study Abroad
US to withdraw Student Visa for International Students whose classes move online


The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced an egregious new policy with respect to non-immigrant students with M1 and F1 student visa.

The ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will these students be permitted to enter the United States.

According to this policy, international students who are attending classes in the fall of 2020 will not receive a student visa if they’re enrolled at a university/college that has planned to offer online education.

It gets worse!

As for the students who are already enrolled at such universities, two choices are given. Either they transfer to another school that offers on-campus education or leave the country!

Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” ICE said.

If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.

So far, at least 8% of US colleges are planning to conduct fully online semesters. This includes Harvard University who announced that all course instructions will be taught online for the 2020-2021 academic year. However, they will invite around 40% of students to live on campus, this mainly includes undergrad students.

While most other US colleges and universities have not yet announced their plans, a wave of panic has spread among international students who are presently in the US as well as prospective students.

A few universities have announced a hybrid model of both on-campus and online education but nothing is certain as of now.

While more clarity on the matter is expected to come over the next few days, most international students are beginning to reevaluate their plans for the fall of 2020. In case you’re one of them and you require help replanning your entire international education journey, feel free to reach out to Navigus.

You can connect with us for a free, online counseling session and get all your doubts cleared.

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