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US Says "Foreign Students Whose Classes Moved Online Must Leave The Country "
The largest number of international students came from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada.
US Says "Foreign Students Whose Classes Moved Online Must Leave The Country"
New Delhi: On Monday the United States said that it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall because of the coronavirus crisis.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a statement said that "Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States".
The ICE said that "Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status".
"If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings."
Further, the ICE said that the State Department "will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States."
F-1 students pursue academic coursework and M-1 students pursue "vocational coursework," according to ICE.
In the US most colleges and universities have not yet announced their plan for the fall semester.
Whereas the number of schools is looking at a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction but whereas some including Harvard University, has said that all classes will be conducted online.
The Harvard said that 40 percent of the undergraduates would be allowed to return to campus but their instruction would be online.
In the United States, there were more than one million international students for the 2018-19 academic year, as per the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The US witnessed a large number of students from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.
(With inputs from AFP)