In some great news for international students, the Trump Administration indicated in Federal Court that they are rescinding the new rule making it unlawful for international students to remain in status if their university chooses to offer only on-line learning this fall. It is believed that the numerous lawsuits filed by colleges and universities throughout the U.S. along with several states convinced the Trump administration that they were acting unlawfully and severely damaging US educational institutions by their action. As with most bully’s they backed down when confronted.
In the latest move designed to lessen the amount of legal immigration in the U.S., the Trump Administration has announced that international students who are currently enrolled in US colleges and universities must depart the U.S. and abandon their studies if the school they are attending continues with on-line instruction only for the fall semester. As many schools have yet to announce their fall plans, this latest announcement leaves 1000’s of students in a tenuous and uncertain situation. The attacks against this short-sighted policy have come quickly and from multiple sources but, as with other immigration policies, the White House is tone deaf. Here is a nice summary on the impact to international students.
The State of California has also filed suit on behalf of its entire university system and the over 100,000 international students currently enrolled.
A group of U.S. Universities has provided formal comments to the USCIS in opposition to their proposed rule which would change the unlawful presence rules for international students. A copy of the letter is provided here.