Hyderabad: A day after the US government indicated that foreign students enrolled in online classes may have to return back. The directive has been altered, foreign students can continue studies.

In an official communication,  The Department of Homeland Security has announced its plan for temporary modifications to F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visa requirements for the fall 2020 semester. This will allow a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework to meet the requirements for nonimmigrant student status. This temporary accommodation provides greater flexibility for nonimmigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses across America.

According to the Homeland security department, International students will still have to obtain the appropriate visa and may still be subject to other visa processing or travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country.

As per US Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, India sent more than 202,000 students to the US in 2018-19 for various levels including undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, and research.

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