Trump administration rescinds recent ICE guidelines for online courseloads

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Amid several lawsuits between higher education institutions and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Trump administration agreed to rescind a recent policy that would have pushed international students out of the United States if they were taking an online courseload.

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The Trump administration agreed Tuesday to rescind a July 6 policy directive that would have forced international students in the United States to return to their countries if they were taking a fully online course load.

In the midst of several lawsuits between higher education institutions and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the administration agreed to rescind both the July 6 policy and a July 7 FAQ on the policy, as well as its implementation of the policies. In light of this, the government will return to the March 9 and March 13 policies, which required the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to be notified of schools’ updates to their emergency plans and allowed international students to participate in online learning and remain active in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

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