Foreign Students With Full Online Course Load Cannot Stay in US

he Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) gave them two options: either transfer to a school that offers hybrid classes (both in-person and online) or move out of US.

On July 6, the United States (US) announced that any foreign student (on F1 or M1 visa) will not be able to stay in the US if they are taking a full course load online. The Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) gave them two options: either transfer to a school that offers hybrid (both in-person and online) classes or move out of US.

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“Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programmes must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” the ICE said in their statement. “If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

ICE added that the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programmes that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

Many universities, including Harvard University, have stated that they will be conducting online classes. The university also added that they will allow up to 40% of the undergraduate students to return to the campus even though the mode of instruction will be remote.

Former Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted on the policy, calling the White House cruel for making the foreign students choose between their education in US or their health.

According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), foreign students contributed $44.7 billion to the US economy in 2018. The largest amounts of foreign students come from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Many students also go from Pakistan to pursue their education in the United States. What will happen to their education? Is it fair that they have to pay exorbitant amounts of money to the universities while they stay in their homes?


Is the US policy for foreign students who are taking full online course load fair? Let us know what you think!


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