Some American universities have announced that fall courses will only take place in the distance format.
International students must leave the United States if their classes this fall will be held exclusively in a distance format, or transfer to another educational institution with full-time courses, the US Immigration, and customs enforcement demanded.
It is unclear how many student visa holders will be affected by the decision. Still, international students are an essential source of income for many American universities, as they often pay full tuition fees.
The Agency said that it would not allow holders of student visas to stay in the country if their classes in the fall semester will be held only in a remote format. The ad says they must leave the country or transfer. Otherwise, they face deportation.
Colleges and universities have begun announcing plans for the fall 2020 semester amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Harvard University announced on Monday that classes in the 2020-2021 academic year would be held in an online format.
Immigration and customs enforcement’s instructions apply to holders of F-1 and M-1 visas (student and vocational training visas). According to the Department, in the fiscal year 2019, the state Department issued about 389,000 f-type visas and about 9,500 M-type visas.