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ASU, UA work to keep international students in US after ICE ruling

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PHOENIX — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ruled Monday that international students taking only online courses won’t be able to remain in the country during the fall 2020 semester.

Following the ruling, both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona issued statements telling international students that the schools are working to keep them in the U.S.

“The ICE proposal does not impact current ASU international students who are or will be enrolled in campus immersion courses at ASU,” the school said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Students attending ASU on an F-1 visa in fall 2020 will continue to participate in classroom instruction both in person and through ASU Sync, our digitally enhanced, synchronous immersive learning modality.”

Additional information regarding Arizona State University international students can be found on the school’s website.

On Monday, University of Arizona Vice Provost Brent White also issued a statement in response to ICE’s ruling.

“We have developed a range of learning modalities to provide on-campus, in-person courses for all students in the Fall 2020 semester, under modified conditions as necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19,” White said.

“We are working to provide safe on-campus, in-person courses for international students that will comply with Student Exchange and Visitor Information System requirements, so that you may remain in country.”

UArizona will be hosting multiple question-and-answer sessions on July 15.

Those interested can register on the school’s international student services page.

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