ICE has stated that if classes are online only this fall, foreign students cannot be issues their student visas. This could affect all foreign student athletes. Specifically in football, our beloved Oscar Bradburn.
Foreign students attending U.S. colleges that will operate entirely online this fall semester cannot remain in the country to do so, according to new regulations released Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As college students across the United States and around the world contemplate what their upcoming semester might look like, the federal guidance limits options for international students and leaves them with an uncomfortable choice: attend in-person classes during a pandemic or take them online from another country.
And for students enrolled in schools that have already announced plans to operate fully online, there is no choice. Under the new rules, the State Department will not issue them visas, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not allow them to enter the country.
"Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status," read a release from ICE's Student and Exchange Visitor Program. "If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings."
Additionally, if a school changes to online only, schools must update their status within 10 days. Which I believe means they must start the process of leaving the US to go home.
School reopening plans may be subject to change because of the evolving nature of the pandemic, especially with daily case totals continuing to break records in parts of the country.
In acknowledgment, the agency instructs schools to update their information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System within 10 days of making the switch to online-only classes.
With a lot of schools planning to change to online only after Thanksgiving, it looks like foreign students will have to go home even if their sports season is not over. This will could greatly impact basketball at the start of the season and could impact football, specifically kicking and punting, at the end if we reach bowl season. Other sports may be hurt even more.