The Trump administration has withdrawn from plans to revoke visas for international students studying in the United States whose schools wanted to go online exclusively due to the coronavirus pandemic in the fall.
The reversal takes place because over a dozen universities and colleges have threatened legal action against the administrative order. The multifaceted effort was also led by attorneys general in 17 states, including DC, under the direction of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
On Tuesday, Harvard and MIT had a remote hearing to share an ICE rule case that would have put millions of international students at risk. Within minutes of the hearing, the homeland security agency agreed to withdraw its original plans that international students be allowed to stay in the country only if they were taking classes personally.
The new guide, based on the March 9 guidelines, will only benefit students who are currently enrolled. As a result, new students or individuals will come to the US in the fall.
The rule, which was announced last Monday, was largely angered by the academic community. Yale Law School dean Heather Gerken made a statement against the rule. A professor said that “I will teach outside in the snow if I have to”
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