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Explained: how do new US visa rules impact Indian students

Jul 09, 2020 14:07 IST

On July 6, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE announced that foreign students must take some of their classes in-person at their university or risk being deported to their home countries. India has second largest foreign students population in USA after China. What does this mean for students in USA, students who have returned in the interim of their courses due to COVID-19 or are waiting to leave for fresh courses in USA? BOOM explains. Poorvi Chothani, Managing Partner, LawQuest says that this announcement is ICE's default position in the pre-COVID-19 world, some time in March. All universities have been instructed to issue new I-20 forms, which is an essential document to get a student visa. Students in courses that are 100% online should consider moving to another university/state that have hybrid courses i.e. a mix of online and in-person classes and transfer their credits or take a gap year and move back to see what happens. Watch BOOM's Govindraj Ethiraj interview Poorvi Chothani on what new visa rules will mean for Indian students and if universities will rise to the challenge.