06 Jul Options for ICE regulation on online only classes for international students
By now you must have heard about the USCIS policy regarding online classes for Fall 2020 semester during the corona virus pandemic. Here’s the official USCIS link for the press release.
USCIS regulations mandate that international students can not be enrolled in fully online courses while studying in the US on an F1 visa. USCIS rules generally restrict online classes to 1 course (3 credits) per semester for F1 international students. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, USCIS provided a temporary exemption allowing the students to take all the courses online for the Spring and Summer semesters. USCIS has now removed that exception for the upcoming fall semester.
If the University you are currently enrolled in doesn’t plan to offer in-person classes during the fall semester, you will be violating the F1 status rules by remaining enrolled at this University. In this situation, you have two choices. Either leave the country or transfer to another university offering in-person classes.
Below are the Universities that are offering in-person classes during the Fall semester. These universities offer hybrid courses with online classes and in-person residency classes. Be sure to check with the DSO of these schools if you have any questions about the full course load of the programs.
Here are some univesities with inperson classes for fall semester
- Westcliff University Irvine, California
- New England College Henniker, New Hampshire
- Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- Trine University Angola, Indiana
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