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Foreign students not allowed to stay in U.S. if their colleges go online-only

  • July 7, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Asahi’s website reported on the announcement made on Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that international students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country if their institutions switch to online-only courses, or risk deportation. In addition, visas will not be issued to foreign students if their universities only offer classes online. Pointing out that some 15,000 Japanese nationals were granted either F-1 or M-1 visas in FY2019, the daily said the new policy is likely to have adverse effects on Japanese students wishing to study in the U.S. as many universities and colleges there have decided to transition to online courses on account of the coronavirus outbreak. NHK carried a similar story, saying that since President Trump has been urging schools to reopen in-person classes in order to demonstrate that the U.S. economy is back on track ahead of the presidential election, the latest measure is apparently aimed at applying pressure on schools as foreign students are an important source of their revenue. 

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