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Arizona universities join lawsuit filed over US policy change for international students

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Posted at 10:14 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 13:14:46-04

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona have joined 13 other universities in filing a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement over a policy change it announced this month that would require international students to take in-person classes during the coming semester.

The change could mean huge amounts of lost revenue for the universities paid by in-person international students.

On July 6, ICE announced a change to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, saying that students who planned on taking a completely online course load would no longer be allowed to stay in the United States.

Under the rules, the students must maintain at least one in-person class during the fall semester. International students with F-1 and M-1 visas who are currently outside the country would not be allowed to return to their U.S. universities.

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