Us cancels new student visa policy
The Trump administration on July 14 reversed a policy that had forced tens of thousands of international students to leave the US. Previously, the plan was widely condemned by people from all walks of life and came under pressure from universities and large enterprises.
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.