News and Announcements

July 2021

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 08/21/2021
July 21, 2021

UPDATED 07/21/2021: USDHS/USCBP has posted to the Federal Register that the Non-Essential travel restriction at land ports of entry between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an additional period (to August 21, 2021). This travel restriction has been in place since March 21, 2020. A copy of the Federal Register Notice on […]

USCIS Announces New Policy Guidance on Change of Status Applications to F-1 Student Status
July 21, 2021

On July 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student to submit an additional “Bridge petition” while their initial F-1 COS application is pending. Under the previous policy, applicants needed to maintain status […]

USDOS Announces NIE Issued By US Embassy/Consulate Valid for Entry to US for 12 Months, Multiple Entries
July 9, 2021

On July 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced an Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India. The extension applies to travelers subject to Presidential Proclamations restricting travel from or through China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the […]

June 2021

ISO Updates
June 24, 2021

ISO Update: June 24, 2021 Content(1)  ISO Virtual Forums – next session on June 25, 2021(2)  Virtual Webinars/June Orientation Sessions Posted(3)  MIT Medical Survey for Students Unable to Get Vaccinated Prior to Arrival to U.S.(4)  USDOS Issues Update on Travel Restrictions and National Interest Exemptions(5)  Requesting an Expedited Visa Interview(6)  Reporting in iMIT Your Scheduled […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 07/21/2021
June 21, 2021

UPDATED 06/21/2021: USDHS/USCBP has posted to the Federal Register that the Non-Essential travel restriction at land ports of entry between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an additional period (to July 21, 2021). This travel restriction has been in place since March 21, 2020. A copy of the Federal Register Notice on […]

USDOS Publishes Update on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions (National Interest Exemptions)
June 15, 2021

Dated June 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated its posting regarding the current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and eligible exceptions/exemptions. To view the posting, click here. The June 1, 2021 is a follow-up to earlier postings to clarify eligibility for National Interest Exemptions (NIE) to the 14-day travel restrictions to the U.S. for individuals […]

Requirements for In-person Learning and Campus-based Student Appointments for the Fall 2021 – Letter from Vice Chancellor
June 15, 2021

The following information was emailed to MIT students on June 15, 2021 from Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz. The letter can also be accessed directly on the Office of the Vice Chancellor website. TL;DR: MIT anticipates returning to full on-campus academic and research operations this fall and, with limited exceptions, all undergraduate and graduate students will […]

May 2021

USDOS Provides Clarification on NIE for China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, India effective 08/01/2021; applies to travel on F-1 OPT/STEM OPT Extension
May 27, 2021

On May 13, 2021 (and again updated on May 27, 2021), U.S. Department of State posted an update to its posting on April 26, 2021 eligibility for National Interest Exemption (NIE) to the 14-day travel restriction to the U.S. for certain travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland (including […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 06/21/2021
May 24, 2021

UPDATED 05/24/2021: USCBP has posted to the Federal Register that the Non-Essential travel restriction at land ports of entry between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an additional period (to June 21, 2021). This travel restriction has been in place since March 21, 2020. A copy of the Federal Register Notice on […]

MIT Vaccine Information
May 12, 2021

June 18, 2021: MIT Medical has formulated a brief survey for international students or U.S. nationals living outside the U.S. to provide insight in who may not be able to get fully vaccinated before arrival to the U.S.  This information will assist MIT in guiding students who may need to get vaccinated before arrival to […]