International Students

May International students leave the US if classes go online

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A big statement was given by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the US will not issue the visas to International students whose classes will offer a fully online course this year.

If you are international students and your college or schools offer fully online classes then you might be leaving the USA as its new guidelines issued by Federal immigration authorities.

Its a huge and big step was taken because to the hundreds, thousands of international students who want to come to the US for their higher studies or participate in training programs, also with vocational or non-academic studies.

As we all know every country is suffering from coronavirus pandemic. Universities are beginning to make the decision to go with digital classes.
At Harvard, they already go with the entire online classes even for those who stay on campus.

Some students who live near the other Province may leave for their home but what about those who are international students. Its a very very frustrating:- statement given by one student.

On Monday night, the US immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that F-1 and M-1 students, who are attending the in-person classes may not take a fully online course.
The US also not issue visas to those International students who take the entire course online.

International Students


  • Non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 understudies going to schools working completely online may not take a full online course stack and stay in the United States. Visas won’t be given to understudies took on schools and additionally programs that are completely online for the fall semester nor will the US grant these understudies to enter the nation.
  • Dynamic understudies at present in the US took on such projects must withdraw the nation or take different measures, for example, moving to a school with face to face guidance to stay in legitimate status. If not, they may confront migration results including, yet not restricted to, the inception of evacuation procedures.
  • Non-immigrant F-1 students attending schools operating under normal in-person classes are bound by existing federal regulations. Eligible F students may take a maximum of one class or three credit hours online.
  • Non-immigrant F-1 understudies going to schools embracing a crossover model—that is, a blend of on the web and in-person classes—will be permitted to take more than one class or three credit hours on the web. These schools must confirm to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Authentication of Eligibility for Non-migrant Student Status,” guaranteeing that the program isn’t altogether on the web, that the understudy isn’t taking a totally online course load this semester, and that the understudy is taking the base number of online classes required to gain ordinary ground in their degree program.
  • The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students pursuing vocational degrees, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses.
  • Schools should update their information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) within 10 days of the change if they begin the fall semester with in-person classes but are later required to switch to only online classes, or a non-immigrant student changes their course selections, and as a result, ends up taking an entirely online course load.
  • Non-immigrant students within the United States are not permitted to take a full course of study through online classes. If students find themselves in this situation, they must leave the country or take alternative steps to maintain their non-immigrant statuses such as a reduced course load or appropriate medical leave.

Here are some DATA

Over 5.5% of the students enrolling in US colleges, contributed over $41 billion to US in 2019.

Alone INDIA sent over 2 lakh INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS in US, after the CHINA.

Don’t know what will be the next step

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