Trump administration cancels visa denial to foreign students

The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday revoked a new rule that would deny visas to international students who were transferred to the distance learning mode in connection with the pandemic.

The introduction of the US entry restrictions last week triggered a wave of litigation, starting with a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by California state colleges and then a coalition of 18 states.

Judge Ellison Burroughs, judge of the federal district in Boston, who was expected to preside over the oral arguments in the Harvard-MIT case, made an unexpected announcement that the parties had decided to restore the status quo. This means that the government will continue to issue visas to foreign students, regardless of the format of study.