International freshmen will not be able to come to campus this fall due to federal visa restrictions, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana wrote to undergraduates Tuesday afternoon.
Harvard Will Allow International Students to Study at Universities in Their Home Countries This Fall
Harvard College will allow returning international students to transfer credits from an accredited university in their home country to Harvard this fall, director of the Office of International Education Camila L. Nardozzi wrote in an email to undergraduates living outside the United States Wednesday.
Four Harvard students and four MIT students attested in sworn declarations submitted to the Massachusetts District Court on Monday that new Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules would have "devastating" and "impossible" effects on their lives.
Under the policy — which the government agreed to rescind on Tuesday — international students would have been required to transfer to a college or university offering in-person courses or leave the country. If they do not, they risk facing “immigration consequences” including “removal proceedings.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security filed their response Monday to a lawsuit brought by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology arguing that though the universities disagree with new rules, they are not illegal.
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have agreed to rescind a policy that would bar international students taking online-only courses from residing in the United States, federal judge Allison D. Burroughs announced at a hearing on Tuesday.
Ahead of a Tuesday hearing, supporters within and outside Harvard have begun to prepare and file amicus briefs in the University’s lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Undergraduate Council unanimously adopted legislation on July 12 to join an amicus brief in support of the ongoing Harvard-MIT lawsuit against immigration authorities, alongside student body representative groups from 15 other universities.
New ICE Student Restrictions, All-Remote Harvard Plan Create ‘Nightmare Situation’ For International Students
Abdullah M. Bannan ’23, a Syrian Harvard student, took a circuitous route to campus his freshman year. He drove from Syria to Lebanon, then flew to Italy, and finally transferred to the U.S. — a 30-hour trip in total.
Citing fast-approaching deadlines from ICE on the guidelines, Burroughs agreed to an expedited timeline, but questioned whether it would be “humanly possible” for her to read thousands of potential pages of briefs and issue a ruling by Wednesday.
Documents from a lawsuit Harvard and MIT filed against immigration authorities on Wednesday reveal new details about the reasons behind the decision to continue instruction in an online-only format and allow just 40 percent of undergraduates back on campus in the fall.
Authorities halted a Harvard-bound sophomore at the airport in Minsk, Belarus, lawyer and Harvard Corporation Fellow William F. “Bill” Lee ’72 said in a conference Thursday.
Harvard, MIT Sue Immigration Authorities Over Rule Barring International Students from Online-Only Universities
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit in District Court in Boston Wednesday morning against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to University President Lawrence S. Bacow.
Students attending colleges and universities operating entirely online will not be allowed to remain in residence in the United States, according to guidelines released Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
'An Entirely Different Universe’: International Students Anticipate Challenges in Returning to Campus in the Fall
As Harvard undergraduates anticipate the format of the fall semester, international students say they will likely have to navigate shifting border restrictions and visa delays.
Harvard Prohibits Non-Essential University Travel Until May 31, International Travel Cancelled Until August 31
Harvard is prohibiting all University-related international travel and non-essential domestic air travel through at least May 31. It is also barring Harvard-organized and Harvard-funded international travel scheduled to take place between now and August 31.
International Harvard College undergraduates could face uncertainty around travel, visa compliance, and immigration issues amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in a March 28 interview.
‘It Feels Like a Daydream’: International Students At Home Describe Surreal, Challenging Adjustments During COVID-19 Pandemic
International students faced a wide range of responses to the pandemic when they returned home this month — and continue to face unique challenges ahead.
Harvard sent the vast majority of undergraduates home to their childhood bedrooms last week. Julian Lee ’22, however, has spent most of his time inside of a hotel room, as he joins other quarantined undergraduates trying to shield their families from the novel coronavirus.
In the wake of sweeping federal restrictions on travel across the Atlantic, European Harvard students said they have faced considerable challenges returning home as a coronavirus pandemic spreads.
Students across campus were shocked by Harvard’s unprecedented decision to transition to virtual instruction and require students to leave campus as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. But for international students, the news was particularly worrisome.
University President Lawrence S. Bacow penned a letter on Jan. 27 to President Donald J. Trump, asserting concerns about expanding the travel ban — a policy announced in early 2017 that restricted entry to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries.
Five new counselors joined the University’s Counseling and Mental Health Services this semester, bringing the total number of new counselors this year to eight.