Jamaica: Student Deportation Fears

Hundreds of Jamaican students who pursue tertiary studies in the United States could find themselves at risk of being deported if their universities switch to online-only courses, according to a statement from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yesterday.

It was revealed that it may affect thousands of foreign students.

The US mainstream media have quoted ICE as saying that students who fall under certain visa categories “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States”.

The report further added that the State Department will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programmes that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.

Universities across the US are beginning to transition to online courses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jamaican-American immigration attorney Dahlia Walker-Huntington told The Gleaner yesterday that the measures will impact some students’ studies.

“Some colleges and universities have not yet even figured out what they are doing for the fall as yet.


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