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Trump Government Rescinds Deportation Rule - Foreign Students should not Return

Trump Government Rescinds Deportation Rule

Trump government had rescinds the deportation plan sanctioned last week to deport international students whose courses move fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic and has withdrawn a request for foreign students to return from the United States. Classes at American universities are now becoming online. It is in this context that Trump issued such an order. 

Foreign students were told last week that they would not be allowed to stay in the US this autumn unless they switched to a course with in-person 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.

On July 6, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) universities, with the support of several other institutions, took legal action against the move announced by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Trump has since reversed his stance. The Institute of International Education reports that last year there were more than one million foreign students in the United States.

District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts says 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.

Large numbers of foreign students travel to the US to study every year and are a significant source of revenue for universities.

The policy applied to holders of F-1 and M-1 visas, which are for academic and vocational students. The state department issued 388,839 F visas and 9,518 M visas in the fiscal year 2019, according to the agency's data.

According to the US commerce department, international students contributed $45bn (£36bn) to the country's economy in 2018.

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