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Jamaican student athletes facing uncertain future in the United States

Jamaican student athletes who currently attend US colleges may have to consider other options if their universities switch to online only courses in light of COVID-19.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that such students will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities go the route of delivering their courses strictly online.

Many universities are already making that transition because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release on Monday, ICE said that students who fall under certain visas "may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States," adding, "the US Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester, nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.

The agency suggested that students currently enrolled in the US, consider other measures, like transferring to schools with in-person instruction.

There's an exception for universities using a hybrid model, such as a mix of online and in-person classes.



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