US Rescinds its Decision on Deporting Foreign Students

Last week, the United States of America's Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) had made an announcement aimed at deporting foreign students whose lectures were moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Following the announcement, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) threatened a lawsuit against the agency on the 8th of July, and asked the court to bar the order announced by the ICE that students must depart the country if their classes are strictly online, or transfer to a school offering in-person tuition.


After a ruling by Judge Allison Burroughs, the government has agreed to nullify the decision as well as any implementation of the directive. Foreign students with F-1 visas will take full online course loads while they retain the status of their visas.


The lawsuit described the ICE's directive as "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion." It was followed by a separate lawsuit including 17 states and DC, with support from several hundred universities.

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