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New Restrictions on International Students Starting This Fall

Kauff McGuire and Margolis LLP
New York, NY
July 8, 2020

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On July 6, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that F-1 and M-1 international students must attend classes in person beginning this fall, or else depart from the United States. Specifically, ICE is establishing the following rules for the Fall 2020 semester:

This cruel and inflexible policy from the Trump administration is yet another example of the government’s attempt to restrict all immigration to the United States. It will force international students into an extremely difficult position: having to choose between risking their own health and safety (and that of others) in the midst of a global pandemic, or return home and deal with all the logistical challenges of attending school from a different country, all while continuing to pay full tuition to “attend” college or graduate school “in the US.”

On July 8, Harvard and M.I.T. filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block the changes from being implemented. The schools argue that the new policy was designed to pressure universities to re-open for in person instruction regardless of the health and safety concerns of students, faculty and others.

We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.