The White House’s about-face on student visas is just its latest immigration policy reversal

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The US will not, after all, deny visas to international students at US universities forced to take online classes as a preventive measure against Covid-19.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reversed the guidance issued July 6, which required foreign students must take live, in-person classes in order to stay in the country. Students of universities that moved all classes online due to Covid-19 would have to transfer to another university, or leave the country.

The administration was sued by nine universities, including MIT  and Harvard, who represent a higher education industry at risk of losing as much as $45 billion in tuitionand fees from foreign students. Yesterday, the DHS backed down and dropped the guidance—before it even appeared in front of a court.

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