Trump admin drops plan to revoke visas of foreign students whose classes move online
ISLAMABAD-NEW YORK,US President Donald Trump's administration has rescinded its plans to deport foreign students whose courses move fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic, a rare reversal by the government on immigration policy, according to media reports.
The U-turn comes just one week after the policy announcement.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University sued the government over the plan.
District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the parties have come to a settlement.
The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March, amid the virus outbreak, which allows international students to attend their classes virtually if necessary and remain legally in the country on student visas, according to the New York Times.
Harvard announced recently that because of concerns over the virus's spread, course instruction would be delivered online when students return for the new academic year. MIT, like a number of other educational institutions, said it would also continue to use virtual tuition.
Those who had returned to their home countries when term ended in March, as the coronavirus crisis grew, were told they would not be permitted to return if their classes had since moved online.
The US said some visas could be revoked because of coronavirus, leaving students confused and uncertain.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency had said people could face deportation if they did not comply with the rules.