Thursday, July 16, 2020

Nolan Rappaport: Foreign students still in danger of losing visas, despite settlement



In response to a lawsuit and mass resistance, the Trump administration rescinded its policy that would have required international students to return home if their universities were providing exclusively online instruction.   Universities breathed a sigh of relief.  However, Nolan Rappaport on the Hill ("Foreign students still in danger of losing visas, despite settlement") warns that the Trump administration may come back through proper procedures to restrict student visas.  Only time will tell what the administration will do.


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It the administration wanted to restrict student visas, they wouldn't have done anything. Federal regulations already provided severe restrictions. 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) provides that nonimmigrant students can’t count more than one three credit online course a semester towards fulfilling the “full course of study” requirement. The administration tried to make it possible for foreign students to count more online courses towards meeting the full course of study requirement.

Posted by: Rappaport Nolan | Jul 16, 2020 10:26:25 AM

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