President Bollinger Applauds Reversal of Policy Restricting International Student Visas

The move came after outcry from colleges, universities, students, and other educational organizations.

July 14, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs in Boston announced that the Trump administration had agreed to rescind the policy that prevented international students from maintaining F-1 and M-1 student visas if they were enrolled in an online-only course of study in the fall of 2020. 

The decision settles a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology over the restrictions. Columbia University had filed an amicus brief in support of Harvard and MIT’s legal challenge earlier in the week. 

"Thanks to overwhelming opposition from across higher education and beyond, hundreds of thousands of international students have been spared the potentially devastating consequences of this ill-conceived government policy,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “The outcome in court today can be attributed to the nationwide outcry over a policy at odds with basic American values and basic tenets of public health. This victory should serve as a reminder of the need to loudly and swiftly oppose departures from America’s heritage of embracing the world."

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