Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) 7/6 Guidance Rescinded
On 7/14/2020, a judge presiding over the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT against U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Massachusetts announced that DHS had agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy directive. Per the judge's announcement, “the government has agreed to…return to the status quo as established by the 3/9/20 policy directive and the addendum issued on 3/13/20,” allowing continuing international students to maintain valid F-1 status within the U.S. and overseas with full-time online enrollment for the fall term.
The Harvard/MIT case was one of many lawsuits that was filed against U.S. Department of Homeland Security to challenge the 7/6 SEVP guidance. Both the University of California (UC) the State of California also filed lawsuits in the Northern District of California against U.S. Department of Homeland Security, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief of enforcement of the 7/6 policy directive.
In light of the announcement that the 7/6 policy directive was rescinded, both UC and the State of California agreed that their preliminary injunction motions are no longer needed at this time, but they will continue to monitor the federal government's implementation of the rescission and are scheduled to report back to the judge on July 21. As noted in the University's press release, the University of California stands ready to take further action if needed.
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