▲ United States Immigration Service (ICE)

A Korean student at DePaul University in Chicago, USA, was found to have been denied entry to the United States through San Francisco Airport on the 8th (local time).

59 universities in the United States, including DePaul University, have filed lawsuits against government restrictions on visas for online students, and the Tribune of Chicago reported on the 13th that they have refused to enter Korea.

The colleges said in a complaint filed with the court on the 12th that the US government unfairly banned Korean students from entering the country by applying new visa restrictions.

According to the director, the international student who departed from Korea and arrived at San Francisco Airport on the 8th was denied entry because he had not yet enrolled in DePaul's coursework.

At the time, immigration officials said that unregistered students did not meet the new visa regulations, preventing Korean students from entering the country.

Reuters reported that "the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman did not mention whether the ban on Korean students from entering the country was in accordance with the new visa regulations," Reuters said.

The US Department of Homeland Security's Immigration Control Agency (ICE) announced on the 6th that the student and exchange visitor program (SEVP) amendment would not give residence visas to students who only attend online classes during the fall semester.

This is the first time that an international student has been denied entry after the ICE announcement.

"The new rules of ICE force students to abandon their studies," said DePaul spokesman Carol Hughes, in a statement. "We are regretful that many of the international students' contributions to the university and the local economy will be lost."

In addition, the University of California (UC) was found to have filed a lawsuit against the federal government on the 13th, stating that international students from North Korea may be subject to visa restrictions.

UC has indicated that online students who are not allowed to stay in the United States may not be able to secure their right to study because of various barriers related to Internet access, even if they take remote classes in their country.

In the warden, UC pointed out that North Korean and Syrian, Somali, Yemeni, and Ethiopian students, who are'countries that oppress citizens and suppress the free flow of information,' must take personal risks in taking online classes.

UC introduced the case of North Korean students from the warden, but did not disclose any specific information, such as whether he is an international student of North Korean citizenship or a Japanese-Japanese student who maintained North Korean citizenship.

In the annual report released by the US State Department of Education and Culture in November last year, as of last year, two North Korean students from the United States who were in the United States said they were all college students.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) said in a report related to the current status of North Korean students that they may be students from Japan and Japan who live in Japan and maintain their North Korean nationality while living in Japan, even if the nationality and place of origin are indicated as North Korea.

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