China News Service, Washington, July 24 (Reporter Sha Hanting) The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on the 24th local time that if the university adopts comprehensive online teaching in the fall semester of 2020, it will be a new international student in this fall semester. Students will not be granted a visa to the United States and will not be allowed to enter the country.
ICE stated in a statement on its official website that international students who plan to enroll in this fall semester can obtain student visas to enter the United States as long as they have at least one "offline" course; if all courses are online courses, they will not be granted visas. , No entry. International students who have already enrolled before March 9 this year will not be affected by this rule.
On the 6th of this month, ICE issued new regulations stating that if the university adopts full online teaching in the fall semester of 2020, all international students of these schools will not be granted visas to the United States, and those who are already in the United States must leave the country.
This regulation was strongly opposed by universities, institutions, and state governments. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the lead in filing lawsuits. After that, many universities, state governments, and technology companies also filed lawsuits. On the 13th, 17 U.S. states and the capital Washington DC also filed a joint lawsuit on the matter.
Faced with 18 lawsuits, the US government agreed on the 14th to revoke the new regulations for international student visas.
According to the "Wall Street Journal" report, despite the US government's withdrawal of regulations, American universities have anticipated that the government will restrict new students who have not entered the country. On the 21st, Harvard University wrote to all new international students who will be admitted in the fall semester, stating that since the school will adopt full online courses, new international students will not be able to obtain student visas to go to Harvard.
According to a National Foundation for American Policy, the number of new international students enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year will drop by 63% to 98% due to the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic and travel bans. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the number of newly enrolled international students was approximately 270,000. (Finish)