ICE Rescinds Rule Barring Foreign Students From Online-Only School This Fall

ICE Rescinds Rule Barring Foreign Students From Online-Only School This Fall

The amicus brief supports a lawsuit filed last week by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeking to block the new policy from U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement. On Monday, Ferguson also requested that a judge issue a temporary restraining order to stop the rule.

The ICE decision would require students now in the United States to leave the country if their universities choose to conduct classes only online. Although Notre Dame will be holding classes in-person this fall, the injustice of the policy compelled the University to join the brief.

"Nonimmigrant students within the United States are not permitted to take a full course of study through online classes", ICE said in a press release. More information may be added as it becomes available. Federal officials say they are providing leniency by allowing students to keep their visas even if they study online from overseas this fall.

Worldwide students in the United States on academic visas are typically not permitted to take all-online course loads, But ICE's March guidance allowed for an exception to that rule as universities across the country shifted away from holding classes in-person.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a federal judge to put a halt to a plan by the Trump administration to make worldwide students return to their home countries if their colleges go to all-online instruction.

Weiser's office said that data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education said that the University of Denver, for example, would lose more than $40 million if all worldwide students dropped out there.

"This heartless policy interferes with colleges' ability to do what's best for their students, faculty and staff and could lead to universities rushing to reopen despite public health guidance", wrote Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein.

If your university is only offering online learning in the fall, the only way you can stay in the USA is if you attend in-person classes.

ICE recommends that students who are affected by the new rule change switch to another school that has physical education, if they want to keep their residence permit.

The U.S. District Court in Boston will hold a hearing on the Harvard and MIT case Tuesday.

Fifty-nine schools, including Stanford and Duke, filed a brief Monday in support of the suit, saying the new guidelines forces schools to "choose between opening their campuses regardless of the public health risks, or forcing their global students to leave the country", The Associated Press reported.

"Students now in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction".

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