In a reversal of events, the Trump Administration agreed to rescind a directive regarding F-1 students who would have been required to leave the U.S. if their schools during the Fall 2020 semester were operating entirely online. This decision was made following lawsuits made by a number of universities and states around the nation, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University.

What this means is that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will revert back to guidance that was issued back in March 2020 that allowed international students on F-1 visas (as well as M-1 vocational students) to remain in the U.S. even if their schools offered online-only classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SW Law Group will provide further updates as they become available regarding this matter.