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COVID-19: Trump rescinds rule barring international students from attending online classes

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Following nationwide outrage, the Trump Administration has revoked its July 6 rule that prohibited issuing student visas to international students taking online classes during the coronavirus pandemic. The rule required students to take at least one in-person course in order to maintain their visas.

The rule was challenged in court by many prominent US universities, such as Harvard and MIT, leading IT companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, as well as many US states.

The administration will now return to the more flexible policy that it enacted in March, which permits remote learning.

If you have any questions about this policy change, please contact Ayla Adomat at



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