ICE won’t ban international students taking online classes after colleges, Big Tech push back
International students, and the universities where they study, can breathe a little easier.
ICE and the Department of Homeland Security will no longer require international students taking an entirely online course load in the fall (thanks to coronavirus) to leave the country.
Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the government agencies after they announced on July 6 that foreign students taking online only classes would have to leave the country or transfer to a new school with in-person learning. The universities were later backed by a slew of tech companies.
Many big tech companies, including Google and Facebook, filed a court letter in support of the universities. They argued that making it more difficult for international students to study in the U.S. would negatively impact business, as well as the heavily international STEM workforce these companies rely upon. Read more…