Student Exchange and Visitor Program Update
July 14, 2020
Institutional Response on Student Exchange and Visitor Program
LIM College is pleased to share the news that the federal government has abandoned a plan to strip visas from international students if their courses are all virtual.
The recent changes to the Student Visitor and Exchange Program prompted an immediate lawsuit from multiple universities, and, as is being reported by news outlets today, the government and those universities have reached a resolution.
Their agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gives international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas. This means that students may begin their studies completely online, and in the event that we are forced to move to remote instruction only because of the pandemic, they will be able to legally stay in the country.
Once again, we vehemently support international students' ability to choose their modality of instruction and make decisions around their safety and education at a time when flexibility is paramount. Going forward, we will continue to closely monitor all regulatory developments to ensure our international students are able to continue their studies without interruption and do everything we can to support the international students who make up a vital part of our College community.