The United State government said it would not grant a visa to international students enrolled in a school whose program is fully online for the fall semester.
It said students in the country on F-1 or M -1 nonimmigrant visa would be asked to leave the country if they are unable to switch to another school where they can take physical classes.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced some US universities to convert in-person classes to online.
“Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take an online course load and remain in the United State,” the Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) said on Monday.
It predicted deportation as the most likely outcome for students on F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visas.