US government cancels new regulations for student visas

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17 U.S. states and Washington, DC, 13 filed a lawsuit with the Federal District Court in Boston on new immigration and customs law enforcement regulations for student visas, accusing the government of “cruel, abrupt, and illegal actions to expel in an epidemic” International Students”. The Boston District Court opened the case on the afternoon of the 14th. Judge Berlaus said that the government agreed to cancel the July 6 directive and the relevant rules will be restored to the March 13 directive. At that time, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau stated that during the epidemic, restrictions on online courses would be lifted. Under normal circumstances, in order to ensure that students do not use student visas to maintain their legal status in the United States, international students are not allowed to participate in more than one online course per semester.

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau of the US Department of Homeland Security issued an instruction on July 6 stating that international students will not be able to obtain online courses only during the fall semester of 2020 Visa to the United States or maintain the current visa. According to U.S. media reports, the U.S. consulates overseas have received instructions to refuse to issue visas to school students who only plan online classes in the fall.

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The Wall Street Journal 14 No. 1 was the first to quote people familiar with the report that the White House is considering reducing the new visa regulations for international students. The report pointed out that because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau has not officially released the new regulations, it may still make changes to the regulations. One option disclosed by people familiar with the matter is that the rules will only apply to students who have just entered school. This approach ensures that international students who are already in the United States do not have to leave the United States suddenly. However, as a result of the final court hearing, the government completely cancelled the new regulations.

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US National Policy Foundation A report released on the 13th shows that if the government implements new regulations on student visas, coupled with several other immigration policy changes, it may result in a 63%drop in the number of new international students at American universities this fall. In the 2018-2019 school year, there were nearly 1.1 million international students in American universities, including those working on student visas after graduation. The decline in enrollment may cause huge economic losses to the school.

Source:Phoenix TV’s Wang Youyou and Bai Fan Washington Report