Foreign student visa rule dropped
In a stunning reversal of policy, the Trump administration on Tuesday abandoned a plan that would have forced out tens of thousands of foreign students following widespread condemnation of the move and pressure from colleges and major businesses.
US officials announced last week that international students at schools that had moved to online-only classes due to the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country if they were unable to transfer to a college with at least some in-person instruction.
The policy prompted a string of lawsuits brought by universities and a coalition of 17 states.
Harvard University, with overseas students comprising more than 20% of the student body, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose foreign undergraduates make up nearly 30% of enrollment, were the first to file suit.
Dozens of big companies and colleges and universities filed "friend-of-the-court" briefs opposing the rule.
In a highly anticipated court hearing on Tuesday in the case brought by Harvard, US District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the US government and the two elite universities that sued had come to a settlement that would roll back the new rules.