New Federal Guidance Would Force International Students to Lose Visas

Monday, July 13, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Deepasha Debnath, 22, was born in India but has lived in the United States for all but eight years of her life. Originally, she was a dependent of her parents, who are in the country on work visas. But a year ago, she had to obtain a student visa to remain.

She is now in her last semester at San Francisco State University, where she is completing a bachelor’s degree in visual communication design. But her department has switched to all online classes for the fall semester.

The new guidance means that she would have to return to her country of birth, which she left when she was a little girl, and leave her family behind.