Rescind The Rule Campaign (#RescindTheRule)
On Monday, July 6th, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced via guidance (No. 2007-01) that international students in the U.S. will not be permitted to take their coursework fully online for the Fall 2020 semester. Per the guidance, international students whose school/program is operating exclusively online will either need to transfer to another institution that is not operating exclusively online, else they face the risk of being deported. Additionally, the decision would prohibit individuals on an F-1 or M-1 visa from remaining in the country under the aforementioned circumstance. The guidance also states that international students who are intending to begin their program of study in Fall 2020 will not be allowed into the country if they are planning to take all of their coursework online. As more and more universities announce their plans for the upcoming Fall Semester, the number of students potentially affected by this decision grows.
The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) and the Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAGE) condemn this decision in the strongest possible terms. We call on ICE, DHS, and the administration to reverse it immediately. We also request that international students be provided temporary flexibility allowing them to participate in the range of in-person, online, and hybrid instruction that institutions are implementing in light of the pandemic and their local conditions.
Message Congress Day Resources (Tuesday, July 14, 2020)
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