Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have filed a lawsuit against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) latest rule that bars international students from staying in the United States unless they attend at least one in-person course.
The suit follows new guidance by ICE that said students on F-1 visas would no longer be allowed to stay in the US unless they had in-person classes to attend.
The order means students taking only online-only courses would have to transfer to courses with some in-person instruction or leave the country. Students enrolled in online-only courses who are in other countries would be denied permission to enter the US, according to a press release by ICE.
The elite universities are seeking to block enforcement of the new policy. They also asked that it be halted permanently and declared invalid.