International Students Can Stay in U.S.

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A week ago, the Trump administration –in its continued use of the COVID-19 pandemic to push anti-immigration policy– said it would be enforcing international students to leave the country. COVID-19 forced most schools to go fully online. Of the schools that were fully online, the policy stated, its international students would be forced to exit the country.

Of course, this was a terrifying bit of news for many people. A huge number of international students come from countries where the infrastructure to fight COVID-19 is terrible –yes, even worse than the U.S.’ And, at bottom, –as the general public gladly realized– it is quite unethical to kick people out of the country who are simply here to get a quality education.

Thus, the good news is that this executive order has been rescinded. International students in the U.S. do not have to worry anymore. Your visa status will not be taken from you. ICE will not show up and deport you because you are taking online courses only. If your school has decided not to have in-person classes, this might be sad because you like having classes in person, but it is still good to know now that you will not lose your status in America or be deported.

Many states and many school sued the federal government over the original decision, which undoubtedly played a massive role in the rescinding of the original policy. The seriousness of this policy extended to all levels of schooling: which is to say, if it stayed in place, international students at the elementary school level would have even been deported. In the clearness of how unethical this is, it is great that the people of this country stepped up and said “no”, and in saying “no”, were heard.

Many students now have to change their plans. The original order forced many students to plan to go home. Many even went home. This has created a massive amount of confusion and inconvenience for millions of students. However, it is at least a massive victory for those of us who are pro-immigration.

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We are Gehi & Associates. We are NYC/Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Bronx/Staten Island immigration lawyers. We are here to serve our NYC/Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Bronx/Staten Island communities. We do bankruptcy, family/divorce, immigration and all forms of law. Please come to one of our Queens offices. Email us at info@gehilaw.com to set up your free initial personal consultation.

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