How the decision could impact, millions of students across countries, the Trump administration had announced that it won’t allow the foreign students who are planning to enrol in an online-only study from coming to the United States.
In a statement, the Trump administration announced that the non-immigrant students in the new or initial status, after March 9 will not be allowed to enter the US to enrol in US schools as a non-immigrant student for the next term to pursue the course of that is 100% online.
“Additionally, designated school officials should not issue a Form I-20 to a nonimmigrant student in new or initial status who is outside of the US and plans to take classes at a SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)-certified educational institution fully online,” the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
This massive setback came just days after the ‘Trump administration’ withdrew its decision to send back all the international students “if their universities offer classes entirely online”. The Trump administration had withdrawn its decision, after facing a strike from students and universities. Several states have also filed a lawsuit against this issue on the Trump administration’s international student ban. The Trump administration is planning to leave it largely upon the states themselves to figure out how and when to reopen schools safely.
There are more than 1 million international students in the US in the 2018-19 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education. Many schools depend heavily on the tuition paid by the students.