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Proposed student visa policy raises concerns among Connecticut lawmakers

Connecticut lawmakers will speak out today against President Donald Trump's proposed student visa policy that could revoke students’ visas if their universities choose to only offer classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jul 13, 2020, 10:58 AM

Updated 1,440 days ago

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Connecticut lawmakers will speak out today against President Donald Trump's proposed student visa policy that could revoke students’ visas if their universities choose to only offer classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UConn officials say the policy could keep 2,000 students from returning to their campuses in the fall.
Under the proposal, international students on a F-1 visa can only stay in the country if at least one class is taken in person on campus.
Students have the option of transferring to a school that will offer in person learning in order to keep their visa.
Connecticut Attorney General Wllilam Tong, Gov. Ned Lamont and UConn's vice president of global affairs are just a few who will speak today at the state capital.
In a tweet, UConn provost and Executive Vice President Carl Leshway says the destructive directive came without compassion or warning.
Quinnipiac University in Hamden also released a statement which reads, "We stand firm in our commitment to support our international community because Quinnipiac knows no borders, and everyone at the university benefits from international students, faculty and staff."
Lawmakers will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Hartford.


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