• Fri, 01/27/2017

    Given media reports about possible Executive Orders under consideration pertaining to potential visa application and travel restrictions for individuals from certain countries, the ISO feels it is important to reach out to the community. (Please note that, as of this writing, the White House has taken NO official action on these matters.)

    In light of continued review of current and prospective actions that could be taken by Presidential action, individuals with citizenship, nationality, or birth in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen currently in the United States (U.S.) should consider postponing any travel outside of the U.S. until official Executive Orders and further government agency guidance on potential visa/immigration changes has been issued. Individuals from these countries who are currently outside of the U.S. should evaluate timing for re-entry to the U.S. at the earliest possible time in consideration of potential bars to entry that could be implemented by Executive Order at any time.

  • Wed, 01/25/2017

    I know many of us awoke this morning to a number of reports in the media providing predictions on prospective visa limitations that may be enacted by Executive Order this week by President Trump. We understand from official White House reports that announcements about actions within Homeland Security will be likely announced within the next couple of days.

  • Tue, 01/10/2017

    We are reaching out to all international students who received an email from MIT Student Financial Services on December 28, 2016 regarding the reporting of Form 1098-T Tuition Statement and need for the U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). A copy of the MIT SFS email is provided below (not everyone received this email).

  • Thu, 12/01/2016

    For applications received on or after December 23, 2016, F-1 Optional Practical Training, F-1 STEM OPT, and J-2 work permission application fees will increase. See USCIS Announcement for more details.

  • Tue, 09/22/2015

    The ISO has received inquiries regarding the news on August 12, 2015 that the United States District Court for the District of Columbia had ruled that the STEM OPT extension being vacated (eliminated), effective as of February 12, 2016. 

  • Mon, 08/31/2015

    David C. Elwell has been named Associate Dean and Director of the ISO. [Read more]

  • Fri, 07/10/2015

    Beginning June 26, 2015, any new Form I-­20 that is produced will be in new redesigned format. All F-­1 students and F-­2 dependents will be required to have a new version of the form by July 1, 2016.

  • Thu, 11/06/2014

    We are writing to you to share some very sad news that our dear Director and Associate Dean, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, died last night, surrounded by her family.  Danielle was devoted to each and every one of you. Despite her serious illness, Danielle worked relentlessly at what she loved most - serving international students, and making a difference in their lives. She was an example to us all, and we will continue in her footsteps in our devotion to you all.