US rescinds order denying visas for foreign students
Published: 09:24 AM, 15 July 2020
The United States government rescinded its controversial decision to revoke foreign student visas whose courses move online due to coronavirus, a federal judge said Tuesday.
The universities of Harvard and MIT with the support of a number of other institutions, teachers' unions and at least 18 US states had taken legal action against the move that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on July 6.
"The government has agreed to rescind" the decision as well as any implementation of the directive, Judge Allison Burroughs said in a brief hearing.
Judge Allison said that under the new decision, the United States would not send back foreign students from any institution that took online classes.
Earlier on July 6, the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that foreign students from educational institutions that decided to take all classes online due to Covid-19 would be sent back to their countries. Immediately after this, there was intense criticism on the issue.
According to US media sources, the White House is considering imposing various restrictions on new foreign students instead of those staying in the United States.