COVID-19: US To Withdraw Visas Of Foreign Students As Classes Move Online

The Trump administration said that it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if their classes are moved online due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Jessica David

July 7, 2020

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The United States has now announced the withdrawal of visas for foreign students if their classes move fully online. Indian students will be second worst-affected by this move. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal agency have now said that students could face deportation if they do not switch to a course with in-person tuition. This comes as universities turn to online classes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is not clear how many students will be affected by this move. Large numbers of foreign students travel to the US every year and are a significant source of revenue for universities as many pay full tuition fee.

Earlier, Harvard University announced that all course instructions will be delivered online when students return for the new academic year. The US government and exchange visitor programme had permitted foreign students to continue only with their Spring and Summer 2020 courses online while remaining in the country. According to the US Commerce Department, international students contributed 45 billion USD to the country’s economy in 2018.

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