2020-07-06: ICE: Foreign Students at Online Schools Must Go  rak

Many US schools and universities are considering their plans for
the fall and are debating between having courses only online,
only in-person, or adopting a hybrid model with a mixture of

Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) modified
its regulations [0] to require students at schools adopting an
online-only model and students who are taking only online
courses in a hybrid model to leave the country.

As an foreign student in the US, I will comment no further, but
I will share some relevant sections [0]:

    1. Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools
    operating entirely online may not take a full online course
    load and remain in the United States. [...] 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.


    Nonimmigrant students within the United States are not
    permitted to take a full course of study through online
    classes. If students find themselves in this situation, they
    must leave the country or take alternative steps to maintain
    their nonimmigrant status such as a reduced course load or
    appropriate medical leave.

Addendum, 2020-07-07: Mindful of the cum hoc ergo propter hoc
fallacy, the above ICE announcement comes the same day as the
following tweet from DJT:

                              --- @realDonaldTrump [1]

[0] https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during
[1] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1280209946085339136