Before you apply: America’s visa uncertainty
Before you apply for your F-1 visa, be mindful that visa rules have been highly changeable under the Trump administration.
The US has temporarily banned the issuing of H-1B visas for foreign workers and the L-1 visa, which allowed foreign employees of American companies to relocate to the US.
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing many American institutions to move their classes online, the Trump administration also announced changes to F-1 visa requirements which meant that international students completing their courses exclusively online would not be able to stay in the country for the fall semester, from late August.
Foreign students make up a high percentage of US business schools’ enrolment, however, and business schools did not take this lying down. Just two days after the announcement on July 8, Harvard and MIT filed suit to block the revision.
On July 14, the day after another suit was filed by 17 states and the District of Columbia, the proposed visa changes were cancelled.