A day after 17 states and the District of Columbia sued to block the Trump administration policy targeting international students, the policy has been rescinded. California, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology had also filed lawsuits targeting the policy. The now-rescinded policy stated that foreign students could not stay in the United States on a student visa if their college or university was providing 100 percent online learning this fall.
The defunct policy, announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week, was seen as a counterproductive way to limit legal immigration during a global pandemic. It had the potential to affect many of the 1.1 million foreign students currently attending university in the country, but it is not known how the lawsuits against the policy would have ended. The Trump administration received significant push back on this immigration policy as it could have negatively affected so many people without having any perceivable benefits.
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Under more normal times, international students are limited to how many online courses they can take, but these limits were temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The limits will now remain suspended for the time being.
United States immigration policy remains extremely uncertain. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth continues to monitor any potential changes in immigration law to better help its clients seeking visas, green cards, and citizenship. For a free immigration consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.