In light of the spike in confirmed coronavirus cases within the United States of America, all international students pursuing degrees will have to leave the country or risk being deported should their universities switch to having classes online only.
This was announced by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today, Monday, July 6 via a release on their website.
Many universities have already begun making the transition to online courses as a result of the US being the epicenter for coronavirus.
In the release, ICE stated that international students on nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 visas “attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. 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.”
Additionally, they said “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.”
One institution that has already gone online is the famous Harvard University.