Back to Top skip to main content
GandS U.S. Immigration Logo
Jul 14, 2020

Trump Administration Rescinds Ruling against Foreign Students

Emily M. Cohen

We previously reported  that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced plans to severely modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking courses during the Fall semester that would result in international students enrolled in online programs being stripped of their visas, denied entry to the united States, or forced to depart the country if already here.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and Harvard filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration that sought a temporary restraining order and an injunction that prevents the government from enforcing the policy. It emphasized the challenges this will pose to students’ mere weeks before the start of the 2020 Fall semester, leaving students with an inability to transfer and with the threat of deportation.

Today the two parties have come to a resolution and the government has agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy and will return to the March 13, 2020 policy which allowed nonimmigrants students to take more online courses than usually permitted by Federal regulations.

This is welcome news for the roughly 1.21 million F-1 and M-1 students enrolled and registered at more than 8,700 SEVP-certified schools across the United States as of March, 2018. Should you have any questions or concerns about this resolution please do not hesitate to reach out to our Office.

Related Team

E Cohen Team Page

Emily M. Cohen

267.930.6411

267.930.6411

email Emily

Philadelphia (Walnut Street)

Full Biography

Emily M. Cohen

Recent Blogs

Oct 15, 2021

For the Vaccinated, Travel Restrictions Will End on November 8th

The Biden Administration has designated November 8, 2021, as the official end of the COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals. Noncitizens will be able to travel to the U.S. via land, sea, and air from November 8th onward. Follow-up information will be necessary as the specific requirements for testing and procedures for those who are not vaccinated is published. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 05, 2021

Diversity Lottery Registration to Open October 6, 2021

The Department of State announced on their website that the online registration for the 2023 Diversity Visa Program is set to open on Wednesday October 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon, (EDT), and will close on Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 12:00. The Department has also published its website the DV-2023 Program Instructions. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 01, 2021

Croatia Becomes Newest Nation to Participate in Visa Waiver Program

Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement on Tuesday announcing Croatia as the newest participant in the Visa Waiver Program. Learn more in this blog.