The two Cambridge universities, bolstered by amicus briefs from hundreds of other schools and many tech companies, had sued the administration after Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which oversees student visas and exchange programs, announced the new restriction last week.
Generally speaking, worldwide students must not take more than one online course if they want to maintain their legal status.
The Trump administration has abandoned an order to force out foreign students in the aftermath of widespread condemnation of the move and pressure from colleges and major businesses.
On Tuesday Judge Allison Burroughs, a federal district judge in Boston who was expected to preside over oral arguments in the Harvard-MIT case, made the surprise announcement that the case had been dropped and the government had backed down.
Worldwide students will now be allowed to stay in the U.S. even if their colleges only provides online classes in the Fall.
Over 59 public and private colleges including all the Ivy League institutions, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Duke University and Emory University supported the lawsuit. "The fight is not yet over". ICE's stated mission is to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. It was very likely that the judge in that case would issue an injunction on enforcing the rule, but the department of justice, representing ICE, beat her too it.
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Reuters is also reporting that a DHS official has said that "the details of any future regulation on this issue remain under discussion", and that "officials are still deciding whether to treat students already in the United States differently than students seeking to enter the country for the first time".
However, due to the new coronavirus epidemic, the federal government granted a temporary exemption to this rule in March this year. The agreement will, however, mark a return to ICE's March policy directive.
The lawsuit alleged that the new rule imposes a significant economic harm by precluding thousands of worldwide students from coming to and residing in the U.S. and finding employment in fields such as science, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, business and finance, and education, and contributing to the overall economy.
Sauders said the university will continue with its hybrid plan in the fall with most classes online but allowing some classes, such as occupational therapy or engineering, to be taught face-to-face. MIT and Harvard went after the agency, claiming its reversal violated federal administrative law.
"Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall".
During 2014-15, 974,926 foreign students came to study in the U.S, which is nearly double the population from 2005.
This will make it impossible for a large number of worldwide students to participate in the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) programmes.
"Rescinding the rule announced last week benefits everyone-international students, universities, and the United States as a whole", said Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern. Prudent planning may also have caused financial losses to the school.