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US gov’t rescinds policy to send home foreign college students taking online-only classes

Students from the British Virgin Islands who are studying in the United States will no longer be forced to leave America if their universities switch to online-only courses due to COVID-19.

This is according to international media reports which confirmed that the President Donald Trump administration had rescinded its July 6 immigration policy that sought to bar nonimmigrant international students who take online-only courses from staying in the US.

The repeal of the policy was declared by US District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts on Tuesday after Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had brought a lawsuit against the US government over the plan. 

Following the announcement, MIT President L Rafael Reif said: “This case also made abundantly clear that real lives are at stake in these matters, with the potential for real harm.”

“We need to approach policymaking, especially now, with more humanity, more decency not less,” he added.

Reverted to March policy

The policy, which received large-scale backlash from several universities and colleges across the US, will now be replaced by a previous policy which was implemented back in March.

That March policy allows international students to attend their classes virtually, if necessary, and remain legally in the country on student visas. 

Days before the US government rescinded the plan which would have affected roughly a million international tertiary students in the country, the H Lavity Stoutt Community College said it was offering auxiliary services to accommodate local students who would have been affected.

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  1. Haha says:

    Some people have no common sense. If you send home the higher paying students, what happens to the universities’ revenues and profits? What happens to the employed Americans?


    • @ Haha says:

      The intent was to send them home (while taking classes on-line from home).

      In other words they would still have to pay.

      Nonetheless, it has been rescinded which is a good thing.

    • @Haha says:

      Your offspring bring no value to any real school of higher learning. Your offspring at the so called “pay for play” schools can hardly keep up with a US schooled 6th grader. You send them, they receive loans or grants for these schools and then they leave and don’t pay. The US is better off without these so called students. Educate them in the BVI. You all claim your the best at everything.

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      • BVI Pride says:

        You are such an evil and jealous person….. it can be heard loud and clear throughout your comment. #BVI Pride FOREVER

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  2. 2cents says:

    the point was if the students are taking class on line then they could do that from any location including their home country. They still need to pay tuition to do that.

  3. Yep says:

    The US was hit with some law suits so they had to rethink that.

  4. Good thing says:

    With the internet service here they wouldn’t be able to get anything done !

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