According to CNN international students in the United States might suffer the risk of deportation if any of their universities switch to online-only courses. Nigerians studying in the US might have to return to the country if this should happen.
Since the inception of compulsory lockdown across the world due to the Coronavirus outbreak, schools have gone towards the online side of schooling. Universities are at the forefront of this system and Nigerians studying the US are also affected.
This decision to move will definitely affect thousands of international students who come or who might come into the country for studies.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released information on Monday stating that;
“students who fall under certain visas “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” adding, “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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.
The agency suggested that students currently enrolled in the US consider other measures, like transferring to schools with in-person instruction. There’s an exception for universities using a hybrid model, such as a mix of online and in-person classes.“
Due to this decision many International students in the US currently might face huge setbacks. Schools like Harvard University have gone almost all online-only courses so students should probably switch to another university where there are offering in-person classes.
Nigerians studying in the US amongst other 1.2 million international students have been affected by Trump’s changes to the US immigration system.
International students who have paid high school fees or tuition will not find this amusing in any way. Most especially those that got to borrow money for their children to attend schools in US only to have them returned to their respective countries.
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