International students facing deportation this fall following Monday's federal ruling

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 08:07:59-04

BOISE, Idaho — Students on F-1 or M-1 visas are facing deportation should their universities transition to only online learning this fall.

International students here in the Gem State worry about their future as it lies in the hands of the coronavirus. Idaho News 6 reached out to Boise State University and learned that BSU would be offering as many face-to-face courses as possible. The university will also take steps to ensure its protocols fall in line with the CDC’s latest guidelines.

When asked how the university feels about this federal ruling, Greg Hahn, a spokesperson for Boise State, says, “Our experts in the Center for Global Education have reached out to all international students to help them assess their individual circumstances. Since the order only applies to entirely online students and we plan to offer a range of in-person, hybrid, and remote classes, we think that international students in Boise should be able to remain here and on track in their programs.”

Universities are encouraged to update their information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System within ten days should courses move on or offline. We will continue to update how other local colleges and universities plan to cope with the order in the coming days.