Washington, D.C. – On July 14, the U.S. government announced it was rescinding the July 6 guidance announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for international students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester, affecting F-1 and M-1 visa students.
The Alliance for International Exchange supports yesterday’s action rescinding the recent guidance, which created unnecessary complexity and concerns for U.S. institutions and international students. Our nation benefits from the many contributions of international students. Media reports indicate the Administration is still considering issuing regulation that could affect international students and online learning. The Alliance encourages continuing flexibility for institutions and international students to meet educational requirements while balancing health and safety concerns.