The Supreme Court of the United States Upholds Travel Ban -- In a June 26th decision, the US Supreme Court upheld the most recent version of the “Travel Ban” imposed in September 2017, and modified in 2018 to include nationals of seven countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen).
On Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm EDT, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will begin the national rollout of the SEVP Portal, a website that allows F-1 visa status students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT to review and update data pertaining to student OPT information. Using the SEVP Portal is optional and not required by federal regulations. The MIT International Students Office strongly recommends that MIT students and alumni continue to use iMIT.mit.edu to complete OPT/STEM OPT reporting requirements at this time.
*** Updated on March 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm : All Services have been restored and are fully functional at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we made adjustments to our systems! ***
***UPDATED AT 10:46 pm on March 20, 2018: iMIT Services have been restored for ALL Students!***
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USCBP Issues Directive on Border Searches of Electronic Devices -- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) just circulated a copy of a directive from US Customs and Border Protection regarding procedures for conducting searches at borders/ports-of-entry of electronic devices. Please find attached a copy of the directive.
Below are the General Statistics for the International Student body for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please click here for more comprehensive statistics.
On the evening of December 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of State posted on its website guidance and frequently asked questions concerning the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow the travel restrictions enacted through the Presidential Proclamation issued on September 24, 2017 to go into effect while court appeals continue.
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Travel Ban – Travel Restrictions Implemented in Full While Appeals Are PendingWed, 12/06/2017
December 4, 2017 -- U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Travel Ban – Travel Restrictions Implemented in Full While Appeals Are Pending
We are reaching out to all international students as we have received reports of recent phone scams of individuals posing as officers from U.S. Government agencies [in this recent case involving an MIT international student, the caller indicated they were from U.S.
U.S. 9th Circuilt Court of Appeals Issues Decision to Temporarily Allow Travel Ban to Go Into EffectMon, 11/13/2017
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an Emergency Motion to Stay the ruling of the district court that barred the implmentation of the Presidential Proclamation ("travel ban") issued on September 24, 2017. This Emergency Stay will remain in effect until December 6, 2017, when the 9th Circuit will hear arguments of the federal government's appeal of the lower court ruling in Hawaii that had effectively blocked the travel ban instituted by the Presidential Proclamation.