ICE Releases New Guidelines for International Students

On Monday, July 6th, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced new rules for international students with F-1 or M-1 visas ahead of this fall semester. These changes could force some international students to transfer colleges or leave the country.

International students with F-1 or M-1 visas cannot take only online college courses! They must take an in-person class during the upcoming fall semester to remain in the United States. They will be forced to transfer or willing leave the country, if not they will face possible deportation.


New Fall Semester Rules for International Students:

Applies to students with F-1 or M-1 visas

Not allowed to remain in the country and participate in entirely online fall semester

Must take an in-person class to remain in U.S.



F-1 nonimmigrant students pursue academic coursework and M-1 nonimmigrant students pursue vocational coursework while studying in the United States.



Source of Information:

CBS News, 7/6/20, YouTube Video: ICE releases guidelines for international students for fall semester

The Wall Street Journal Reporter, Melissa Korn is interviewed! The Video explains in more detail and gives some great examples of the consequences of the rule change.


ICE (, 7/6/20, News Release:

SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester

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