By: Maria Schneider

The Trump administration is rescinding its new guidance blocking international students from staying in the United States while taking only online classes.

The U.S. District Court Judge announced July 14, 2020 that the government and plaintiffs had reached a resolution in a lawsuit brought by Harvard University and MIT.

The Trump Administration will rescind its July 6 rule that said foreign students on F-1 visas would need to take at least some in-person courses in order to legally remain in the U.S. for the fall 2020 semester.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia had sued the Trump Administration over the guidance. The Trump Administration received heavy criticism from both colleges and universities as well as members of Congress for the policy. Late last week 99 members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Customs Enforcement urging the agencies to withdraw the new guidance.