Posted on July 7, 2020

ICE to Require Students on Visas to Leave Universities That Transition to Fully Online

Daniel Uria, UPI, July 6, 2020

International students in the United States on student visas cannot attend a university this fall if their studies are entirely online, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday.

In a statement, ICE announced that students on non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visas who attend universities that operate entirely online amid the COVID-19 pandemic “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.”

“The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester, nor will the U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States,” ICE said.


Students who remain in the United States while taking only online courses could face “immigration consequences,” including “the initiation of removal proceedings,” ICE said.