Priyankaa Krishnan, a 23-year-old international student at Iowa State University, is worried she’ll have to return to a country she barely knows. She was born in India, but hasn’t been back since she was a child and doesn’t have immediate family there.
Krishnan, who’s getting her Ph.D. in education and human-computer interaction, is one of 1.1 million international students across the U.S. affected by a new order issued by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement that says international students on F-1 visas must depart the U.S. if their colleges or universities are being conducted solely online. The students, the majority of whom come from India and China, have the option of transferring to a college or university holding in-person classes before the start of the fall semester.
The order makes exceptions only for colleges with hybrid learning models, and it has enraged students and faculty at institutions