Trump Administration Reverses Course – ICE Will Now Allow F-1 and M-1 Students to Take Online Courses
The Trump administration reversed course on its earlier announcement that would have required international students (F-1s and M-1s) to attend classes in person or face deportation.
Early last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 visa holders in the United States would not be allowed to enter or stay in the country if they were attending schools that will offer only online courses. ICE had said they must either transfer to a school with in-person instruction or face immigration consequences.
The ICE announcement was vastly criticized, and schools had filed lawsuits challenging the requirements. Following that criticism from universities and others, the administration has reversed its policy, and it would now allow F-1 and M-1 students to take classes online. So now the F-1 and M-1 students will be able to take online courses without jeopardizing their immigration status.
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