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Wash­ing­ton: The United States will not al­low the entry of new in­ter­na­tional stu­dents for the up­com­ing fall se­mes­ter if their cour­ses are en­tirely on­line, the Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment said on Fri­day.

In a re­lease, the ICE said “F and M stu­dents in new or ini­tial sta­tus af­ter March 9, 2020, will not be able to en­ter the United States to en­rol in a US school as a non-im­mi­grant stu­dent for the fall term to pur­sue a full course of study that is 100 per cent on­line.”

It also said school of­fi­cials should not is­sue a Form I-20, “Cer­tifi­cate of El­i­gi­bil­ity for Non-im­mi­grant Stu­dent Sta­tus,” for a stu­dent in new or ini­tial sta­tus who is out­side of the United States and plans to take classes at an cer­ti­fied ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion fully on­line. A guid­ance is­sued on March 9, 2020 by the Stu­dent and Ex­change Vis­i­tor Pro­gramme (SEVP), which the ICE uses to man­age for­eign stu­dents and ex­change vis­i­tors in the United States, has al­lowed schools and stu­dents to en­gage in dis­tance learn­ing in ex­cess of reg­u­la­tory lim­its due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

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