U.S. gov't rescinds student visa rules

Added On July 15, 2020

 The U.S. government has rescinded a new rule that could have denied international students their stay in the country if they only attend online courses in the coming fall semester.

News Hour has the details.
A federal judge announced the decision on Tuesday at a hearing on a lawsuit filed last week by Harvard and the MIT against the new visa rules for foreign students. 
The judge said the government and the universities had reached a settlement and things will return to the status quo.
The settlement applied to higher education institutions nationwide.
The number of international students studying in the U.S. surpassed 1 million in the 2018-19 academic year, about 5.5 percent of the total U.S. higher education population.
Data from the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that international students contributed nearly 45 billion U.S. dollars to the U.S. economy in 2018.