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BRIEFING: ICE Rescission, Remote Instruction, and International Travel Restrictions: Considerations Pertaining to International Students and Employees for the Fall

On July 6, 2020, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, rescinded a COVID-19 exemption that allowed international students on F-1 visas to remain in the United States and retain their visa status while attending college and university classes via remote instruction. Shortly after ICE rescinded the exemption, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institution of Technology filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, to prevent the rescission from taking effect so that hundreds of thousands of international students can continue to avail themselves of educational opportunities in the United States, even if their course of study is online.

ICE’s rescission of the COVID exemption is just one of many challenges colleges and universities are untangling with respect to international students and employees. As college and university leaders look towards the Fall, there are also questions about graduate assistantships abroad, faculty and staff who are unable to return to the United States due to various travel restrictions, and other issues related to online education in foreign jurisdictions, including issues related to data privacy protections. Please join us for a NACUA Briefing with Vinita Mehra, Director and Leader of the Global Business and Global Education Practice at Kegler Brown LPA and Debra Zumwalt, Vice President and General Counsel at Stanford University, who will walk us through these important issues.

This 30-minute Briefing will be audio-only and complimentary to NACUA members.