Yesterday, the federal authorities agreed to rescind in full its July 6, 2020 Scholar and Change Customer Program (SEVP) modification, and revert to the unique emergency COVID-19–associated worldwide scholar steering it had beforehand issued in March. The March steering (which now stays in impact) permits worldwide college students to legally stay in america even when their school or college opts for online-only instruction as a result of pandemic.
As indicated in our latest weblog put up, final week the SEVP abruptly introduced modifications to the pandemic-related short-term exemptions that had been granted to nonimmigrant college students learning in america. The modification said, partly, that F-1 and M-1 college students wouldn’t be legally allowed to stay in america in scholar standing whereas pursuing a course of research solely on-line.
Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern College filed a lawsuit difficult the July 6 modifications, and a federal district court docket choose in Massachusetts introduced the federal government’s rescission of their new coverage yesterday, on the outset of what was anticipated to be a preliminary injunction listening to. Mintz was honored to play a job on this litigation and to share the views of impacted overseas college students with the court docket. The sudden place reversal by the federal authorities comes not solely following the lawsuit by Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern but in addition after related fits had been filed by a number of different universities and seventeen states.
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