The Administration Withdraws Directive Banning International Students

  • Just eight days after the directive was issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it was rescinded in response to a lawsuit from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and others.
  • The directive was going to prevent international students from remaining in or coming to the United States if they were attending universities with an online-only instruction for the fall.
  • ACE President Ted Mitchell said in a statement, the action “demonstrates the importance of international students to the United States and shows that together with one voice, all of higher education, the business community, and many others across our nation are making it clear that these students continue to be welcome here.”
  • The government is reverting back to the guidance issued in March by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program allowing international students to maintain their visa statuses, even if they study online for the duration of the pandemic.