Newly enrolled international students whose colleges and universities are operating entirely online this year won’t be allowed to enter the U.S.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?confirmed?on Friday that its guidance granting visa flexibility to nonimmigrant students only applies to those who were actively enrolled at American schools on March 9.
“Nonimmigrant students in new or initial status after March 9 will not be able to enter the U.S. to enroll in a U.S. school as a nonimmigrant student for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online,” the agency said.
It told designated school officials not to issue a Form I-20 to an international student in new or initial status who is outside of the U.S. and plans to take classes fully online. (Nonimmigrant students need a?Form I-20, or certificate of eligibility, to apply for a student visa, apply for benefits and enter the country.) Read on through this link