FOREIGN STUDENTS ON student visas will be barred from the U.S. this fall if their educational institution operates under an online-only course model amid the coronavirus pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday.[
The announcement comes as colleges, universities and other educational institutions grapple with whether they will hold in-person classes and allow students on campus as the coronavirus spreads.
Foreign students studying in the U.S. on student visas whose schools decide to only offer online classes will be prohibited from entering the country and must leave the U.S. if they are already present, ICE said.
More than 1.1 million foreign students currently have active student visas, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.
“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,” ICE said in a press release. “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.”
The rules apply to people with F-1 visas – the kind of visa required for international students to attend high school, college or several other kinds of educational institutions in the U.S. – as well as students with M-1 visas, which are required for vocational programs.
Students who go to schools that operate under hybrid models of teaching this fall, offering both in-person and online classes, will be allowed in the U.S. as long as they are “taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program” and are not taking a fully online course load, ICE said.
The government made exceptions to the normal student visa regulations this spring and summer, temporarily allowing international students to take more online classes than is usually permitted as the coronavirus situation changed rapidly and schools shuttered. Students enrolled in online-only schools do not typically qualify for student visas.
The announcement came hours after Harvard University on Monday said it would only offer online classes for the 2020-2021 school year, becoming the latest institution to announce an online-only operating model for at least the fall semester.
This advances several key Trump administration goals:
(1) White supremacy
(2) The elimination of independent institutions of higher education
(3) Hurting the right people
The Republican party must be destroyed.