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US rescinds plan to strip visas from foreign students in online classes

Forced by Harvard, MIT lawsuits, Trump administration drops plans to deport foreign students whose courses have fully moved online

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The loss of international students could have cost universities millions of dollars in tuition and jeopardised the ability of US companies to hire the highly skilled workers who often start their careers with an American education. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Miriam Jordan & Anemona Hartocollis | NYT
In a rare and swift immigration policy reversal, the Trump administration on Tuesday bowed to snowballing opposition from universities, Silicon Valley and 20 states and abandoned a plan to strip international college students of their visas if they did not attend at least some classes in person.

The policy, which would have subjected foreign students to deportation if they did not show up for class on campus, had thrown the higher education world into turmoil at a time when universities are grappling with whether to reopen campuses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The loss of international students could have cost universities

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First Published: Jul 15 2020 | 11:29 PM IST

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