The newly enrolled foreign students whole college and universities are conducting the entire course online this fall will not be allowed be in the United States, the Trump administration said on Friday. The decision came amid coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
“Newly enrolling students can come on valid visas if their schools certify they plan to take at least one course in person for the fall term,” the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
The new visa rule will be applicable only for the new students. Those students who have enrolled in any US university or college before March 9, are allowed to stay in America.
“Nonimmigrant students in new or initial status after March 9 will not be able to enter the US to enroll in a US school as a nonimmigrant student for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100% online,” the agency added.
The new directive can affect a large number of international students as most colleges will be taking classes online. Harvard is conducting almost all its classes online in the fall semester, while MIT has a hybrid model.
The universities are asked not to issue a Form I-20 to an international student in new or initial status who is outside of the US and plans to take who is outside of the US and plans to take classes fully online.