Foreign students attending schools that offer online classes only will be forced to leave the United States since they can continue to take classes from those schools online from their home countries.
A long-standing rule is that foreign students can take no more than one online course per semester.
But last year exceptions were made that allowed the students to remain in the country. That exception is now being rescinded but only for schools that offer only online courses. Students will not be allowed into the country says ICE.
This creates quite a dilemma for Democrats.
They want colleges and universities to remain closed in order to use it as a cudgel against President Trump but on the other hand, they don’t want to lose illegal aliens that overstay their student visas. They will have to make a tough choice.
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, wrote:
“Under the rule ICE announced today, schools like Harvard wouldn’t lose tuition from students forced to leave the United States.”
“Students could ‘attend’ classes virtually—in their home country. But if the choice is stay at Harvard or leave the US…many will choose to transfer.”
But for the upcoming fall semester, the SEVP said the temporary exemption is going to be modified. It means that if a foreign student’s college moves its courses entirely online, the State Department will not issue the visa to the student, nor will Customs and Border Protection allow the student to enter the United States.
Students currently in the United States enrolled in the online schooling described above will have to leave the country, or take other measures to retain their student status, such as transferring to a school that offers in-person instruction.
“If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings,” the SEVP said.