Posted on July 15, 2020

Trump Rescinds Policy Forcing Foreign Students to Attend In-Person Classes

Danielle Haynes, UPI, July 14, 2020

The Trump administration on Tuesday dropped its rule denying visas to international students attending classes entirely online, a federal judge in Boston announced.

The decision means foreign students won’t have to choose between returning to their home countries or transferring to a school holding in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs made the surprise announcement ahead of a hearing on a lawsuit brought by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology challenging the rule.

“I have been informed by the parties that they have come to a resolution,” she said at the start of proceedings. “They will return to the status quo.”


Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the new policy July 6 and was shortly met by multiple lawsuits, including one from a coalition of 17 states.