A new announcement was made by ICE today, which intends to remove international students from the US whose universities have gone completely online.

For universities like mine, which are following a mix of online and offline classes, the following announcement has been made:

Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students pursing vocational degrees, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses

I am a PhD student who has completed his comprehensive exam, and does not have course requirements anymore. Will I be required to take in-person courses in order to maintain my status? My department allows post-comprehensive exam PhD students to take a maximum of two courses for the rest of their stay in grad school, and that is also subject to availability of funds.

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    Best thing to do is ask your university; they and the legal department should issue guidance. – BlueDogRanch Jul 6 at 23:22
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    The standard way of remaining "in status" has been to enroll for research hours. You should assume that your university, and all of the others, will address this matter. – user6726 Jul 6 at 23:34
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    I’m voting to close this question because individuals will require the advice of either their institute or their lawyer, and no general answer is possible except "maybe, go ask your institute and/or your lawyer". – Nij Jul 7 at 0:08

They are expelled.


There will be an absolute massacre of indians, basically all the people currently in higher education will be expelled overnight.

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