Editor's Note: On the afternoon of July 14, 2020, a federal judge announced that ICE will rescind its policy that would bar international students taking online-only courses from residing in the U.S. ICE will instead revert back to the guidance it issued in March that allows students taking online courses to reside in the United States on F-1 visas.

Posted 7-14-20 at 8 a.m.: There has been a lot of concern and conversation surrounding the guidance U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released last week requiring international students studying at institutions operating entirely online to depart the U.S. or transfer to another institution offering in-person instruction in order to maintain their immigration status.

To the 30 international students currently enrolled at CUAA, as well as prospective students potentially looking to attend, rest assured of two facts:

  1. You are still eligible to attend classes at Concordia thanks to the university’s blended academic delivery format (i.e. Classes are offered in person and online).
  2. You are welcome at Concordia! We value your presence on our campus and we want you here!

Concordia’s international community is vital to our university and the uncommon achievement of our mission. For decades, we have welcomed thousands of students from around the world to our campuses, many of whom sacrificed much to come and study as part of our community. The diversity of our global student population enriches the experiences of each and every Concordian.

However, while our campus is not directly impacted by ICE’s recent announcement, we remain concerned by it. This policy stands to negatively impact countless international students across the U.S. The timing of this policy is particularly concerning as it comes in the midst of a global health pandemic when universities need the autonomy and flexibility to adopt nuanced, multi-faceted models of instruction, while preserving the health, safety, and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.

Know that we are strongly advocating against this policy and are working closely and collaboratively with higher education colleagues and consortia across the nation. We are also speaking with our elected representatives to ensure our voice is heard.

Please know that if you have any lingering questions or concerns, our International Team is ready and eager to help. Send any questions to Robin Kuzu, Concordia’s principal designated school official (PDSO), at Robin.Kuzu@cuw.edu. We will do everything possible to ensure your path to graduation remains viable and strong.

* Concordia will continue to keep its international population in mind as the requirements for a safe and COVID-free classroom continue to evolve to ensure students can continue to learn at CUAA. Any changes in course status and international students’ eligibility will be promptly communicated. 

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