International students in the U.S. could be barred from entering the country ahead of the upcoming fall semester if their school opts to run classes solely online.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement on Monday saying thatthose on F-1 or M-1 student visas will not only be prohibited from re-entering the country, but also that they must leave the U.S. if they are already present.
Students enrolled in schools that are fully online will not be allowed to remain in the country or will need to transfer to a different school.
Those enrolled at schools with in-person lectures will only be allowed to take one class or a maximum of three credit hours online.
For hybrid certificated schools by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, students can take more than one class but they cannot be fully online.
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"For the spring and summer semesters of 2020, the system temporarily allowed students to take more online classes than usual. However, it's not the case any more Now it's up to the schools to take action".
One student attending a university in Ohio told us that the impact could be huge.
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"We're just kind of really worried about our future, especially for my case, I've already scheduled four years college schedule so I can go into the next academic institution, which is a PT, a grad school. However, that's going to affect my situation"
The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in response that the two countries will coordinate with each other to make sure of minimum inconvenience to Koreans studying in the U.S.
"With only about a month until the start of the fall semester, schools don’t have much time to decide what types of classes they will offer… and foreign students will need an answer soon.
Kim Do yeon, Arirang News"