On Monday, July 6 2020, the United States made an announcement that foreign students in the country were to leave or face deportation.
The new development which is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, would commence only if the universities would switch to only online classes.
A statement from the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement read;
“Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,”
“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,”
“If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”
Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status.
The ICE also said that 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 US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”