A new rule announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has foreign students scrambling to find a way to stay in the United States this fall. The rule, announced just weeks away from the beginning of fall semester at many colleges, states that students will not be able to keep their visas if their classes are online-only. At a time when many schools and universities are moving to online-only instruction in order to stop the spread of a deadly virus, the new rule could mean thousands of foreign students will not be able to remain in the United States.

The move has angered many academic leaders. The University of California has announced that it will file suit against the new rule. Many colleges and universities depend upon the tuition paid by foreign students.

On a more personal level, the new rule has left thousands of foreign-born students, including many at Bay Area schools, unsure what they are going to do. Some are the children of parents who are themselves in the United States on work visas, and it is unclear where they will go if they cannot remain in the United States.

It is no secret that the past few years have been very difficult for foreign-born people who want to build lives for themselves and their families in the United States. Now, more than ever, it is important for these families to seek out advice and advocacy from attorneys with experience in immigration law. A good immigration lawyer can guide clients through the intricacies of the immigration system, advise them of their options and the legal strategies that are most likely to help.