You may have read that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses.
This ruling does not affect CATS Academy Boston students as we will be opening for face-to-face tuition this September.
From September we are safely welcoming students back to campus to maximize learning and address students’ holistic needs. This is in line with guidance from The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which recommends a full range of measures to protect school communities.
For students who are unable to arrive for the start of the academic year, we will provide online learning to allow for the seamless transition to campus at various entry points before January 2021. Click here to see our transition points from online to face-to-face learning as well as our wider plan for school reopening.
Student Exchange Visa Program (SEVP) has issued new guidance for schools who have students coming to the United States this September. As a result of this new guidance we will be issuing each student with an updated I-20 to certify that CATS Academy is not operating entirely online. Students will receive their updated I-20 by email by Aug 4, your I-20 will have an electronic signature which is valid for entry.
If you are a returning student to CATS Academy this September, you will need to return to campus for face-to-face classes to maintain your I-20 status. Students who do not return to campus by October 1st will be reported to SEVP as a non-returning student and their I-20 will be cancelled by CATS Academy as per SEVP guidance. You will be re-issued a new I-20 to return to campus in January 2021 and will need to complete the first semester of classes online.
If you are concerned or have any questions regarding your I-20 status with CATS Academy please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Amber Gunther (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Giving students the opportunity to learn, study abroad and prepare for their future is at the heart of what we do. In the current environment, we want our students to feel safe and confident about starting their studies with us in September.
For students who are unable to arrive for the start of the academic year, we will provide online learning to allow for the seamless transition to campus at various entry points before January 2021.
We understand how important it is to know your child will be safe with us throughout their studies at CATS Academy. As we look towards the new academic year, our academic and support teams are focused on the health and well-being of our students, and that is our biggest priority between now and September. We want our students to feel safe and confident about learning and living on our campuses.