US Asks Foreign Students To Leave Country Whose Classes Are Being Conducted Online
Foreign students studying in the US might be asked to return to their country. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that the foreign students studying in universities where online classes are going on, will no longer be allowed to live in the US. If despite online classes, foreign students are found living in the US, they will be deported.
The agency said in its statement that the US will not issue visas for students whose courses or training programmes are being conducted completely online. US customs and border protection will not allow such students to enter the US.
It is not yet clear how many thousands of students will be affected by this decision of the US migration agency, but their number is in millions. Chinese and Indian students will be affected the most because they form the largest diaspora in American universities.
According to the Open Doors 2019 report, the maximum number of 3,69,548 Chinese students were enrolled in the academic session 2017-18. The second number was of Indians whose number was 2,02,014.
Harvard University President Lawrence Bacau called the decision disturbing. He said that all universities including Harvard had arranged online classes keeping in mind the health of students and the challenge of the global pandemic. But due to America's migration agency, the system of online classes has come under the scanner.
According to the Washington DC-based think tank Migration Policy Institute, the decision will have an impact on about 1.2 million foreign students who enrolled in 8,700 educational institutions in the US in 2018.