ICE Rules Affecting International Students

On July 6, 2002, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The changes require international students at universities where all instruction is online this fall to leave the country or transfer to schools offering in-person instruction. Though the University of Illinois System universities will offer a mix of in-person and online instruction, the system believes the new rule is disruptive and unncessary to students elsewhere and to higher education. The U of I System is committed to our international students and is working agressively to legally challenge these visa restrictions.


Federal government rescinds new rule regarding international students, July 14
U of I System supports Illinois Attorney General's challenge, July 13
System statement on legal opposition to new ICE rules, July 10
Information about new visa rules announced this week, July 8 (Urbana)
Importance of our international students, July 8


Litigation filed July 13 by 18 attorneys general against the new rule
Illinois Attorney General's news release on litigation 
Amicus brief filed July 12 by U of I and 58 other institutions supporting Harvard-MIT lawsuit


APLU Statement, July 6
ICE announcement, July 6