- ICE has said that students who fall under certain visas "may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States."
- The regulations could apply to thousands of students as well as participants in vocational training programs.
- President Trump has already taken measures to stop legal immigration to the U.S. by the end of the year.
The educational future of thousands of foreign students in the United States depends on the classes of these higher education institutions. At the request of the US government, foreign students studying at American universities who offer only online classes due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the coming winter semester must leave the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that students enrolled in these universities must leave the country or go to another higher education center that offers face-to-face classes. Otherwise, they run the risk of being deported.
ICE has said that students who fall under certain visas “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” adding, “the U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”
According to the Immigration Service, students who intend to start studying at a university in the fall who drop out of class are not issued a student visa and are not allowed to enter the United States.
The new regulations apply to students who have an F-1 student visa or intend to apply for such a visa. The new immigration regulations also apply to participants in professional-technical courses at non-university educational institutions, such as flight education schools for holders or visa applicants (M-1).
Brad Farnsworth, vice president of the American Council on Education, said, “we think this is going to create more confusion and more uncertainty. What we were hoping to see was more appreciation for all the different possible nuances that campuses will be exploring.”
Regulations Include Thousands of Students
The US Immigration Service has announced that it will change the special regulations that were enacted with the outbreak of the new coronavirus for the summer semester. Under the regulations, universities were allowed to offer more online classes to foreign students during the summer semester due to the Coronavirus crisis.
The network reports that the regulations could apply to thousands of students as well as participants in vocational training programs. Harvard University is one of the universities that has announced that it will offer all online classes in the winter semester due to the Coronavirus crisis. According to the university, 40 percent of Harvard undergraduate students living on campus are likely to be allowed to return to their dormitories. The two-bedroom dormitories are currently being demolished.
Green cards and Work Visas
US President Donald Trump last month imposed new restrictions on the issuance of various work visas. He also extended the order to stop legal immigration to the United States by the end of the year.
This mainly applies to Green Card applicants seeking permanent residency in the United States. The pretext for issuing this order was the increase in the unemployment rate due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States.