The government has agreed to rescind its policy of denying international students’ visas if the schools they attended only offered online classes, US District Judge Allison Burroughs said Tuesday.

Burroughs, who was joined by attorneys for Harvard, MIT and the government in a hearing conducted via Zoom, said the agreement between parties would make a July 6 directive rescinded “on a nationwide basis.”

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration over its guidance not allowing foreign students to take online-only courses in the US this fall semester.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said last week that students who fall under certain visas “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” adding, “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

Source: CNN


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