NewsFlash! Judge to Decide on July 15th Whether to Block Rule Requiring F-1 Students to Attend In-Person Classes

As previously reported by MurthyDotCom, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an effort to block the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from ending the temporary rule that allows schools to have F-1 and M-1 students take courses exclusively online. Today, the federal judge hearing the case agreed to allow oral arguments on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, and then issue a decision Wednesday, July 15th.

However, the judge rules that it is possible his decision will be appealed. Therefore, his ruling will not necessarily be the final word on the fate of the in-person classes requirement. Still, it at least may determine whether the rule is enforceable in the short-term.


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