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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch of the Department of Homeland Security in US issued new rules for exchange students to leave in order to prevent challenges for universities and schools amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
The “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”, ICE’s highly anticipated new rules said.
Students who are already in the US and whose programmes have switched to online-only instruction must “depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status”, the rules continued.
“If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”
President Donald Trump also said on Monday that US “schools must open in the fall” – a decision over which he has less power.
Schools in the US are largely under the jurisdiction of state and local governments in which the President have limited powers.
“SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!” Trump wrote in a Twitter post.