ICE will reverse rule for foreign students, government tells court

Burroughs said the government and plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT had reached an agreement, rendering the case, one of the several challenges against the policy, moot.Tuesday announcement’s was a fast reversal for the Trump administration, and a significant victory for a spirited campaign of opposition mounted by colleges, universities, states and students. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would have prohibited foreign students from taking online-only coursework in the fall, walking back an announcement that elicited a flurry of lawsuits and withering criticism from schools, lawmakers and states. who were planning to attend colleges or universities that will only offer online classes in the fall would have needed to transfer to other schools providing in-person instruction, leave the country or face potential deportation. 

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If they departed the U.S., the students would have been able to continue the remote instruction in their home countries. Students could also have participated in hybrid semesters as long as their schools certified that not all of their classes were online. if they intended to take only online classes in the fall.ICE said foreign students already in the U.S. District Court in Boston said ICE had agreed to scrap the directive. But in March, ICE issued an exemption to these requirements for the spring and summer semesters as a result of the worsening coronavirus public health crisis.On July 6, ICE announced that the exemption would not remain in place during the fall semester, saying in a message to students and schools that F-1 and M-1 visa holders would not be allowed to enter or remain in the U.S. First published on July 14, 2020 / 3:46 PM ICE will reverse rule barring foreign students from taking online-only classes this fall, government tells court

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

July 14, 2020 / 3:46 PM
/ CBS News

The Trump administration on Tuesday said it would rescind guidance issued by U.S. During a hearing Tuesday afternoon in which he was expected to rule on whether to block the recent guidance for student visas, Judge Dale Burroughs of the U.S. They had accused the administration of failing to consider the challenges faced by schools and students during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Regulations that govern the Student and Exchange Visitor Program generally bar foreigners on F-1 and M-1 visas — which are for academic and vocational students, respectively — from participating in online-only school semesters.