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Marianas Variety: US rescinds proposed rule on foreign students (July 16, 2020)

THE federal government has rescinded a proposed immigration rule that would have affected foreign students in the U.S., including those in the CNMI.

Northern Marianas College said it received an update from the American Association of Community Colleges or AAC regarding the issue on Wednesday.

NMC is a member of AACC.

In effect, approximately 50 international students of NMC may be enrolled in online classes, and this will not affect their student visas.

“We are relieved to hear that the federal government has rescinded the new rule announced last week regarding international students,” NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico said.

Had the policy been implemented, he said it would have caused disruption among NMC students.

In an email to NMC students, Eliptico said the college will continue to share updates from the U.S. government “and provide assistance to all our students.”

According to Reuters, U.S. officials announced last week that international students at schools that had moved to online-only classes due to the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country if they were unable to transfer to a college with at least some in-person instruction.

The government said it would drop the plan amid a legal challenge brought by universities, Reuters added.

“But a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security official said the administration still intended to issue a regulation in the coming weeks addressing whether foreign students can remain in the United States if their classes move online.”

Reuters said there are more than a million foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities, and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students, who often pay full tuition.

“In a highly anticipated court hearing on Tuesday in the case brought by Harvard, U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the U.S. government and the two elite universities that sued had come to a settlement that would roll back the new rules and restore the previous status quo. The hearing lasted less than four minutes,” Reuters reported.

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