On Tuesday, July 14, against eight federal lawsuits and objections from hundreds of universities, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Donald Trump administration repealed a rule that required international students transfer or leave the country if their educational institutions held classes fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Solution was announced at the beginning of a federal lawsuit in Boston brought by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said federal immigration officials had agreed to overturn an order from July 6.
New international students, including college freshmen, will not be able to take only online courses as long as they live in the United States, the administration clarified Wednesday. The number of new students from abroad is expected to drop significantly this year, but based on past years' data for undergraduate, graduate and university programs, the policy could affect more than 200,000 students who have already committed to attending U.S. universities just weeks before the start of the fall semester.
The U.S. president has imposed restrictions on visa programs that provide a pathway for students to stay in the U.S. long-term, including the sought-after H-1B visa program for skilled workers, writes VOX. It is a kind of "pipeline" for foreign talent, especially in computer science, engineering, education and medicine, the material says.
This policy applies to F-1 and M-1 visa holders for academic and vocational students. The State Department issued 3,88839 F visas and 9,518 million visas in fiscal year 2019, according to the agency.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed $45 billion to national economy In one 2018.