New visa regulations which are likely to cause confusion, problems for some Indian students in the US

The new visa rules requiring foreign students in the US with an F-1 visa to take at least one course in-person or face deportation prospects are likely to “create uncertainty and difficulties” for some students, the Indian Embassy said here. The new visa regulations requiring foreign students in the US with an F-1 visa to take at least one course in person or face deportation prospects are likely to “create uncertainties and difficulties” for some students, the Indian Embassy said here.

In January of this year, there were 1,94,556 Indian students enrolled in various US academic institutions, according to a recent study from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Of those 1,26,132 were men, and 68,405 were women. Noting that higher education partnership is a key component of the strong people-to-people relations between India and the US, the spokesman said Indian students in American universities and colleges have been the harbingers of a strong partnership between the two countries’ technology and innovation sectors in the last two decades.

The new regulations, declared by the SEVP on July 6, include temporary exemptions on F-1 and M-1 visas for non-immigrant students taking online classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic for the 2020 academic year’s fall semester. “Although these reforms offer some flexibility for U.S. universities and colleges to follow a hybrid model – a combination of online and in-person classes – they also limit foreign F-1 and M-1 visa students from taking courses entirely online,” the spokeswoman said.