Trump administration rescinds order barring foreign students studying online

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Iran sanctions in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2019. (AFP)

The Trump administration on Tuesday abandoned its attempt to force foreign students to leave the United States if all of their classes will be taught online this fall, in a dramatic reversal from a policy announced just days ago.

US District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the US government and Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who sued over the measure had come to a settlement that would make the rule moot.

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The government said it would drop the plan amid a legal challenge brought by universities. But a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said the administration still intended to issue a regulation in the coming weeks addressing whether foreign students can remain in the United States if their classes move online.

Last Update: Wednesday, 15 July 2020 KSA 07:29 - GMT 04:29