Students jolted by US rule
International students in US educational institutions will have to leave or will be prohibited from entering the country if their schools move to online-only teaching in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a new rule on Monday that students on F-1 (academic student) and M-1 (vocational or technical student) visas may not remain in the US if they take a full online-only course load for the fall semester.
The US Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools that operate under an online-only course model, and US Customs and Border Protection will not permit such students to enter the country, according to an ICE statement.
ICE said students affected by the new policy can transfer to a school with in-person instruction to retain their legal status; otherwise, they will be deemed to be in the US illegally and subject to deportation.