Career Tips for International Students

ICE Announcement: F-1 Students (Resources to help you cope with this unpleasant situation)

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Great News!

ICE rule on international students is rescinded! According to Sevis Savvy, an international student advisor, below is the list of defendants and what Harvard and MIT asked for in the lawsuit. As you can see, Chad Wolf, who has proposed anti-immigration policies, is accused, and Harvard-MIT wanted to have defendants to cover the fees. Small things but fun to know:

A list of 4 defendants:

  1. United States Department of Homeland Security
  2. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security)
  3. Chad F. Wolf, who is the Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security
  4. Matthew Albence, who is the Acting Director of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A list of what Harvard-MIT asked for:

  1. A temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief preventing Defendants from enforcing the policy announced in ICE’s July 6 Directive, or promulgating it as a Final Rule;
  2. An order vacating and setting aside the policy announced in the July 6 Directive and reinstating the March 13 Guidance;
  3. A declaration that the policy announced in the July 6 Directive is unlawful; 
  4. An order awarding Plaintiffs their costs and attorney’s fees; and
  5. Any and all other such relief as the Court may deem appropriate. 

Background story from our blog published on July 7, 2020:

On Monday, July 6, 2020, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that International Students in the United States whose schools have ruled for online-only classes in the Fall 2020 semester must leave the United States. Otherwise, they may face immigration consequences.

We have been following a conversation via the NAFSA’s International Student Advising Network. Even though there are still some uncertainties, and many colleges and universities are trying to find ways to cope with this unpleasant situation, there are a few helpful resources that we’d like you to check out:

1. SEVP: In-person Classes must for F1, M students. If not, leave the US. No Visas

According to, OPT, CPT, STEM OPT Students can continue normally. SEVP said that current F1 students engaged in approved practical training like CPT during their program of study or working on OPT, STEM OPT that is done after degree program can remain in active status and continue their practical training.

2. Facebook LIVE by Immigration Lawyers: F-1 Changes for online learning

3. If you are negatively impacted by ICE’s announcement regarding F-1 and M-1 students and have to depart the US; if your university only offers online courses in the fall semester; AND you are interested in talking to reporters about your situation, check this tweet from an immigration attorney.

4. Possible action plans for students by Sevis Savvy

5. Broadcast Message: COVID-19 and Fall 2020 to SEVIS users

6. Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about Guidance for the Fall 2020 Semester (Last Updated: July 7, 2020)

7. Sign a petition to request that ICE rescind their decision to force international students back to their home countries in the midst of a pandemic.


International Career Advisory, Inc. (ICAway) and all resources above do not have any business relationships. Therefore, ICAway assumes no liability as regards to any membership investment or product/service purchase with the above vendors, lawyers or websites. In no event will ICAway be liable for direct, indirect or incidental, special or consequential damages resulting from your participation or involvement or contacts with the above services.

This is meant to be a general guide and is not a substitute for the advice of an immigration attorney or a student’s specific International Student Office.

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