Right Now Times : The administration of US President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to deport foreign students whose educational activities have become completely online due to Corona.
The U-turn comes just a week after the US government announced its new policy.
Right Now Times : Earlier, on July 6, the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it was illegal for foreign students studying at US universities whose classes were completely online to stay in the country. Will
Right Now Times : The department said students must either leave the United States, and if they want to stay in the United States during the Fall 2020 semester, they must take a course where offline classes are conducted.
Leading US universities Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have filed lawsuits against the government over the project.
Right Now Times : Now Massachusetts District Judge Allison Bruce says a settlement has been reached.
According to the New York Times, the agreement will reinstate the policy that was implemented in March after the outbreak, according to which foreign students can take their classes online if needed, and at the same time the country on student visas. I can stay legally.
Right Now Times : Remember that every year a large number of students from all over the world go to the United States for higher education, which is a significant source of income for the universities there.
Right Now Times : Harvard recently announced that courses would be offered online from next academic year due to the spread of the virus, while MIT, like other educational institutions, said it would continue to offer online education.
Foreign students were informed that they would not be allowed to remain in the United States if they did not enroll in a course that required personal attendance in the fall semester this year.
What was in last week’s policy?
Right Now Times : Foreign students were informed last week that they would not be allowed to stay in the United States if they did not enroll in a course that required personal attendance in the fall semester this year.
For students who returned to their home countries at the end of the school year in March, the announcement stated that they would not be allowed to return if their classes were fully online.
Right Now Times : The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program initially allowed foreign students to take online classes while living in the United States in Spring and Summer 2020.
However, on July 6, the agency said that students who are not enrolled in a course that requires personal attendance could face deportation.
Which visas were affected?
Right Now Times : These regulations were to be applied to holders of F-1 and M-1 visas issued to students and persons undergoing vocational training.
According to the US State Department, the department had issued 388,839 F-visas and 9,518 M-visas in fiscal year 2019.
According to the US Department of Commerce, foreign students benefited the US economy by 45 45 billion (ارب 36 billion) in 2018.
What was the reaction of the universities?
Right Now Times : Two days later, Harvard and MIT filed a lawsuit seeking the repeal of the government’s directive. Dozens of other universities also signed court documents in support of him.
The 59 universities said in their supporting document that “the real purpose is not to ensure enrollment of students in full courses or to maintain the reputation of the student visa program, but to put pressure on universities to reopen.”
Right Now Times : In addition, the Attorney Generals of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, went to court against the government’s decision.
President Trump is pressuring universities and schools to ensure students return to their classrooms in the new school year.
Right Now Times : According to him, after several months of chaos and emergency, this will be a sign of improvement in the situation which may pave the way for his re-election in November.
But many educators have concerns about student health and want to continue to adhere to social distance rules during the epidemic.