Thousands of first-year international students who want to study in the U.S. during the 2020-21 academic year are not allowed to come to the United States due to Department of Homeland Security and ICE rules stating that first-year international students cannot come to the U.S. if their schools are not offering in-person courses due to the global pandemic.
American students are allowed to remain full-time students and take courses online if their university does not offer in-person classes. Originally, DHS ruled that during the pandemic while travel restrictions are in place international students could take classes online. in July, the Trump administration changed its directive and ruled that international students must attend class in-person or leave the U.S.
A lawsuit by universities – including MIT and Harvard – sued the federal government, and won the ruling that returning international students could remain in the U.S. to take online classes.
As a result, many first-year international students and student-athletes were prevented from enrolling in college in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.
• More foreign students pay full tuition than American students, which subsidizes additional space for domestic students and actually increases domestic enrollment
• Foreign students contributed $41 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs to the American economy in 2018-2019
• International studies programs attract the best students from around the world to U.S. universities and enhance the reputation of many colleges
It can be confusing for international students to apply for and receive their student visas in a timely manner to attend their course of study. Mario Godoy and the other experienced immigration attorneys at the Godoy Law Office can assess your situation and advise you on your best options to apply for a student visa. Call today at 630-912-0322.
Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties.
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