A significant number of Kenyans studying in the U.S. may be forced to return home.
This follows a directive by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities who switch to online-only courses will have to leave the country or risk deportation.
Under the directive, the ICE expects foreign students in the U.S. to either transfer to an in-person instruction to remain in lawful status or leave the country.
This is because the department of homeland security’s student and exchange visitor programme normally limits the number of online classes a non-immigrant student can attend under the student visa programme.
The new order by the U.S immigration body has now removed that exemption.
Consequently, Kenyan students whose classes were switched to online-only due to COVID-19, now risk losing fees paid in advance in case their student’s visas are revoked.
Kenya ranks third among the Sub-Saharan African countries in the number of students enrolled in U.S colleges and universities.