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USA: Foreign students who study only online are at risk of deportation

The U.S. Federal Police Office for Migration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that foreign students attending exclusively online classes due to the new conditions caused by its pandemic. COVID-19, are in danger of being deported from the country. In particular, ICE said that students with F-1 and M-1 visas who attend academic institutions and now only attend online courses will not be able to stay in the United States. He added that there will continue to be accommodation to provide flexibility schools and students who are not immigrants, but as many institutions across the country reopen, there is a simultaneous need to repeat the carefully balanced protections applied by federal regulations.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer issue visas to students who are registered online programs. In addition, students who are already enrolled in such schools should be transferred to another university where their courses are conducted, so that their stay is legal, or they are confronted with law and leave the country.

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Eight percent of colleges in the United States are planning an online semester, including Harvard and Baudouin, although some are planning to invite a reduced number of students back to college. In addition, students attend schools that offer a hybrid model will be able to stay in the US, provided they do not take full online courses. Colleges must also certify in Sevp that students receive the minimum number online courses required for normal progress in their curriculum. At the same time, foreign students staying in their countries of origin will be allowed to maintain their "Active Status" and receive online courseload remotely, if their school is only online.


At least 23% of American colleges plan to offer some kind of hybrid operating model, such as Yale, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Northwestern. The schools that will be “connected to Internet”Must notify SEVP by July 15, while those using a hybrid solution must submit their plans by August 1.

The new regulation is one of the actions taken by the government recently Tramp to limit migration amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, Trump "froze" until 2021 the issuance of green cards, ie permanent residence permits in the US, and various work permits, especially in the field of technology, arguing that he wanted to secure jobs available to Americans. His government has also suspended the reception of asylum seekers at the southern border with Mexico, citing concerns about the danger of such a thing in public. health, amid COVID-19.


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