Liberal Academia Afraid Of COVID-19 Just Shafted Their Students On Visas

Liberal academia in charge of schools like Harvard recently announced that they will only bringing back about 40% of their students back this fall. However, as a result, students inside the United States on a student visa are going to have to leave the country.

ICE just informed students that if their school only offers online classes they cannot remain in the USA through the fall semester.

Schools like Harvard won’t lose tuition, the students can still virtually “attend” class but, would have to from their home country. Current regulations do not allow foreign students who enroll in solely online classes to live inside the USA. 

“The U.S. 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 said in a press release. “Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

ICE has suggested that students operate under a hybrid model which includes online and in-person classes. Students on visas could also remain inside the USA if they change to schools offering in-person classes.

US News reports:

About 8% of colleges are planning to be online-only this fall while 23% say they are planning to operate under a hybrid model, according to a tracker of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities kept by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The majority – 60% – are planning to hold in-person classes, and another 8.5% are still weighing their options.

Even though Harvard announced only 40% of the student body will be returning in the fall they won’t be “checking their privilege” and lowering their outrageous tuition for those only studying online.

US News & World Report