Foreign students can not reside in the USA nor will qualify for Visa if classes become 100% online

ORANJESTAD - The Plenipotentiary Minister of Aruba based in Washington DC urges all students who have the intention to move to the USA for school or are already residing in the USA, to be aware of the modifications of the temporary exception of the Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) announced on July 7, 2020, by the US Government.

This policy, caused by the Covid19 pandemic, will be valid for the fall semester, from September to December 2020.

The temporary exceptions for the fall semester 2020:

  1. U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityA non-immigrant student F-1 and M-1 that are attending a school that is offering 100% online classes are not allowed to remain in the USA. The USA is also not granting any VISA to any upcoming students who are also considering attending schools offering 100% online classes. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not grant any students entry to the USA. Students that are currently in the USA and attending a school that is offering 100% online classes should exit the USA or switch to a school that does not offer 100% online classes. Students that do not abide by this policy can get in trouble with immigration and be deported.
  2. Non-immigrant student F-1 that are attending a school that does offer conventional personal classes fall under the existing federal rules and are exempted from the modifications in the Student Exchange Visitors Program. Qualifying students with an F-1 VISA can take up to 1 class or 3 credit hours online. Students who have 1 lesson in class for the fall semester and the rest online, retain their VISA or qualify for the VISA.
  3. Non-Immigrant F-1 students attending a hybrid model school, a mixture of conventional and online classes, can attend more than one class or 3 credit hours online.

These schools should be certified as SEVP with the I-20 form, Certificate of

Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, certifying that the school is not and that students are attending at-least 1 class in person. This rule does not apply for students who are attending an English Language Program or for M-1 Students that are pursuing a vocational program not offering online classes.

In the event a student changes the program and has only access exclusively to online classes, she or she should abandon the USA as well.

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