July 6, 2020: Guidance Rescinded
On July 6, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced proposed guidance on online course limits for international students on F-1 visas for Fall 2020. We know this announcement has caused stress and frustration for many in our campus community. At the International Students & Scholars Office (ISS), our priorities are responding to individual student questions, updating the campus community, and advocating against these new guidelines.
On July 14 it was announced that ICE is rescinding this guidance . This was a result of the lawsuit initiated by Harvard University (pictured above) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ISS is continuing to follow the situation and will continue to update our campus community as the story develops.
We stand with those who are speaking out against regulations that endanger the health and safety of our international students. NAFSA: Association of International Educators declared that this guidance from ICE is harmful to international students, and the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration also condemn the new guidelines, stating “we call on ICE to reverse course and provide greater flexibility.”
The University of Montana community cares about our international students and their experience on and off campus. We are working to limit the disruption this new guidance and consequent revocation of this guidance has caused new and current students. Upon announcement of the rules, many faculty and staff reached out to inquire as to the impact of the changes and how the campus could respond. We are very proud that the University stands in solidarity with our international students, and values their perspectives and involvement.