A Penn State student from Brazil is facing an uncertain academic future

Written by on July 13, 2020

A Penn State student from Brazil is facing an uncertain academic future

By Alanna Elder, WITF

July 13, 2020

A Penn State student from Brazil is facing an uncertain academic future.

WITF’s Alanna Elder reports new visa restrictions could keep Enzo Silva from returning to study in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Silva was finishing his second year when Penn State moved its classes online to slow the spread of coronavirus.

So, he returned to South America to stay with his family, who live in Campinas, Brazil. Just a few days ago, Silva learned all six classes he signed up for were going to be held online, but the new rule would force international students to leave the United States if their classes moved online.

Now, he’s waiting to see if he can add in-person classes to his schedule and wondering about the potential long-term impact of losing his status in the Student Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS.

“But the worst part is that if my SEVIS is terminated, that could potentially affect my OPT and CPT, which is that time that I have to work in the United States so I can practice a little bit,” said Silva.

Penn State professors have until next Wednesday to finalize their plans to hold classes online, in person, or both.

Harvard and MIT have filed a lawsuit to stop the new rule.

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