As nationwide colleges grapple with creating safe plans for students to return to school this fall, ICE has announced any foreign students who do not attend classes in person could be deported. If a student’s school changes to an online only format, the State Department will not issue any student visas for those enrolled students who are from outside of the U.S. Although it’s always been a strict rule regarding foreign students and online learning, critics are dismayed at the lack of the pandemic consideration aspect and extraordinary circumstances educational institutions and students now face. This is causing a great deal of confusion as colleges across the country review the risks of on-campus classes. Thousands of foreign students could be left in the lurch – having to choose another university which is open for classes in person – or risk deportation.
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