News and Announcements

July 2020

ISO Updates: Spring 2020/Summer 2020
August 23, 2020

ISO Update: August 23, 2020 New Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) available and effective August 25, 2020 As a reminder, a new version of the Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (version 08/25/2020), used for applications for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), F-1 STEM OPT Extension, and J-2 work permit applications, will become effective on […]

New Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) available and effective August 25, 2020
August 23, 2020

As a reminder, a new version of the Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (version 08/25/2020), used for applications for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), F-1 STEM OPT Extension, and J-2 work permit applications, will become effective on August 25, 2020 The current Form I-765 (ver. 12/26/2019) can be used only if postmarked August 24 […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 09/21/2020
August 14, 2020

On August 14, 2020, USDHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf released a statement via Twitter that the restrictions on “Non-Essential” travel between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico has been extended for an additional 30 days (to September 21, 2020).  In the original announcement released by USDHS on April 20, 2020, “Non-Essential” is defined in the notice […]

Remote Student Appointments Performed Outside the U.S.
August 14, 2020

Letter from the MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor

July 2020

USCIS Announces Final Fee Rule Effective 10/02/2020
July 31, 2020

On July 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced a final fee rule that will adjust fee amounts for certain applications filed with USCIS. The new fee levels will be effective October 2, 2020. New fee costs will impact applications filed with Form I-129 (including H-1B and O petitions), Form I-765 employment authorization […]

USDOS Publishes National Interest Exceptions To Presidential Proclamations Limiting Entry to U.S. by Immigrant and Certain Nonimmigrant Employment Statuses (H, L, and certain J categories)
July 30, 2020

On July 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) published a list of National Interest Exceptions to the Presidential Proclamations that suspended visa issuance and travel to the U.S. for immigrants (P.P. 10014) and certain nonimmmigrant statuses including H, L, and certain J categories (P.P. 10052) that “present a risk to the U.S. Labor […]

USDHS/USICE Continues March Guidance for Fall 2020 Term
July 29, 2020

On July 24, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), issued a Broadcast Message and FAQ confirming that their March 2020 guidance regarding international students and online instruction for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms will continue to be in effect for the Fall […]

ISO EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: 617-258-5480
July 29, 2020

If you encounter issues at your U.S. Port-of-Entry with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where additional information is requested, please contact the ISO Emergency Phone Number. This number is NOT to be used to report a successful entry to the U.S., only if you encounter problems at the port-of-entry. For non-Port-of-Entry inquiries, please contact the […]

USDHS Rescinds July 6 Guidance; Review Of March 2020 Guidance Impact on Fall 2020
July 18, 2020

On July 14, 2020, following a legal challenge by MIT and Harvard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) rescinded its July 6 directive and July 7 FAQ on F-1 students and online learning.  As a result of this decision USDHS’s March 2020 guidance and Spring term FAQs will continue to apply.  Based on the Spring […]

U.S. Travel Restriction from Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland Lifted for Certain Visa Types
July 17, 2020

On July 16, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs officially announced that individuals traveling to the U.S. from the Schengen area, United Kingdom, and Ireland in certain visa statuses may enter the U.S. with a “National Interest Exception” to the Presidential Proclamations that created the 14-day travel restrictions from these countries. Student […]