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Trump Administration Bans International Students From US If Their Universities Are Online-Only

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International students cannot live in the United States if their universities move to online-only courses in the fall, a new temporary rule by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement states.

U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement has issued a new temporary rule banning international students from returning to or remaining in the United States if their colleges move to online-only instruction this fall.

As more colleges and universities announce their COVID-19 adaptation plans for the fall semester, an increasing number are deciding to continue online instruction models first introduced in the spring. Universities are already beginning to push back against the policy, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which are both seeking a temporary restraining order that would put the regulation on hold for 14 days. Host Anita Rao talks to Emma Whitford, reporter for Inside Higher Ed, about what this could mean for students with visas.

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