The United States State Department has said that international students are welcome in the US, after reports that the Trump administration will ask the students to leave if classes go fully on line.
A media note from the office of the State Department’s spokesperson Tuesday asserted that the United States has long been the destination of choice for international students.
“We are pleased that many international students who had planned to study this fall in the United States may still have the opportunity to do so,” the note explained.
It said the Department of Homeland Security has announced its plan for temporary modifications to F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visa requirements for the fall 2020 semester.
“This will allow a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework to meet the requirements for nonimmigrant student status,” according to the US State Department statement.
It observed that this temporary accommodation provides greater flexibility for nonimmigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses across America.
“International students will still have to obtain the appropriate visa and may still be subject to other visa processing or travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country,” the note stated.
US news reports, quoting Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have indicated that international students pursuing degrees in the United States will have to go home or face deportation, if their universities switch to on line only courses.