International students concerned about future in the U.S. with new DHS directive

As if keeping up with school lessons wasn’t hard enough amid the pandemic, international students in the U.S. now have to deal with a new directive from the Department of Homeland Security.

Under the new directive for the fall semester — international students attending a full online course cannot remain in the U.S.

They will neither be issued visas, nor be allowed to enter the country.

Active students currently in the U.S. enrolled in such programs must leave the country or transfer to another school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status.

“As an international student, it’s really stressful for me and for most of my friends ‘cause we’re not, um, U.S. citizen and we don’t know where we can go. We feel we really have no future,” said Krischelle Bolivar, an international student at Brigham Young University.

Critics of this new directive have called this an effort by the Trump administration to pressure universities into reopening – despite rising COVID-19 cases all over the country.

And for school officials — this could mean losing international students — that are paying big bucks to get a U.S. education.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed $45 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018. And losing them because of this new DHS directive could result in budget cuts for universities.

Top universities like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration on Wednesday over this new directive.

As they await their fate, these Filipino international students are scrambling to find more information and help.

There are currently more than 1 million international students in the U.S.

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  • Mario
    9 July 2020 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    TRUMP policy on FOREIGN STUDENTS will win votes, Foreign Students, bring out US technology, or steal US technology, and they can NOT VOTE. Local students have more chance now of getting into College. US University and Colleges earn $45 Billion a year. Money first, from Foreign Nationals versus student loans from American students. Foreign students were also given work permits as part of their on the job or summer job training. Since they were gone summer jobs are given to local kids. FBI caught Harvard University head of Dept.of Chemistry PROFESSORS working for China. giving a thesis. reports plans on latest and future technology, inventions by students. Foreign students caught by FBI trying to steal COVID VACCINE research formula from US laboratory.