Trump administration repeals ruling barring international students from taking entirely virtual courses

The University of Minnesota supported a lawsuit against the ICE directive.

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Hailee Schievelbein

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Abbey Machtig

The Trump administration has overturned the ruling stating that international students taking all virtual classes were at risk for deportation.

This ruling was made in a court hearing held Tuesday. According to judges overseeing the case, the universities and government were able to agree on a resolution to the ruling, reported The New  York Times. 

Now, international students have the flexibility to take completely online courses and reside in the country under their student visas.

The initial guidance issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 6 required international students to take at least one in-person class to remain in the country. In response, several universities filed lawsuits against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including the University of Minnesota. 

Advocacy groups representing international students and technology companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter also came out in support of the lawsuit against ICE.

“America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students,” the companies said in court papers.

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