US DROPS PLAN TO DEPORT FOREIGN STUDENTS WHOSE CLASSES HAVE SHIFTED ONLINE
Foreign students in the US can heave a sigh of relief as the Trump administration has dropped an earlier decision to deport foreign students whose colleges have shifted to online classes due to COVID 19 concerns.
On July 6, a new regulation released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stated that “Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.”
The universities of Harvard and MIT, alongside other institutions of learning promptly, took legal actions against the move that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a week ago, asking the court to block the order announced by ICE.
District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts told newsmen that the parties have come to a settlement.
“The government has agreed to rescind” the decision as well as any implementation of the directive, Judge Allison Burroughs said.
Globally, universities are beginning to transition to online courses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
ICE earlier decision was seen as a move by President Donald Trump administration to put pressure on educational institutions which generate revenues from the international students that studies in their universities.
Over a million international students are currently studying in the US.