News and Announcements

April 2020

USCIS Temporarily Suspends In-Person Services at Field Offices; No Change to USCIS Service Centers and Mail Lockbox Centers.
March 20, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the temporary closure of in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to combat the spread of COVID-19.  The temporary service suspension is from March 18-April 1, 2020. This suspension does NOT currently apply to USCIS Service Centers or USCIS Mail Lockbox […]

ISO Office Hours
March 19, 2020

The ISO will be OPEN today, Thursday, March 19, from 10:00am-3:00pm for document pickup/dropoff only. As of Friday, March 20, the ISO will operate virtually (no staff physically in the office) until further notice in line with MIT’s COVID-19 response. ISO Advisors are available by email, phone, or by scheduling a WebEx appointment (request appointment […]

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY21 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions
March 16, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Petitioners filing FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions will not be able to request premium processing when USCIS begins accepting cap-subject petitions on April 1, 2020. A copy of the USCIS release can be […]

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland added to Europe Travel Restriction to U.S.
March 14, 2020

As a further extension of Presidential Proclamation 9984, the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland have been added to the list of European countries from which travel to the U.S. has been suspended for 30 days.  The restriction of travel of foreign nationals who have been in the United Kingdom and Ireland within the past […]

ISO Resources related to MIT Spring 2020 Semester/COVID-19
March 13, 2020

Dear International Students, We all read President Reif’s letter yesterday, March 10, announcing the transition of course instruction from on-campus to online, with both the understanding of the health concerns to our community and also the unexpected change in plans for our Spring 2020 semester.   This is indeed a unique situation, one that I have […]

Entry to U.S. from Most European Countries Suspended for 30 Days
March 11, 2020

The United States Government announced that it is suspending entry into the United States for certain foreign nationals who have been physically present in the Schengen area (which includes most European countries) in the 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.  This restriction goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. EST […]

MIT Medical Resources on Coronavirus
March 10, 2020

MIT Medical has a dedicated webpage on resources and links for guidance on Coronavirus, including a helpful FAQ.  This webpage will continue to be updated so it is recommended you check back regularly.Continued Updates will be provided at http://web.mit.edu/covid19/ Please also see important community-wide communications on the Coronavirus below: March 11, 2020 – Update to MIT Students: Time-sensitive information about […]

MIT Coronavirus Resources
March 10, 2020

MIT Medical Resources on CoronavirusMIT Medical has a dedicated webpage on resources and links for guidance on Coronavirus, including a helpful FAQ.  This webpage will continue to be updated so it is recommended you check back regularly. Continued Updates will be provided at http://web.mit.edu/covid19/ Please also see important community-wide communications on the Coronavirus below: March […]

November 2019

USCIS Proposes to Adjust Fees to Meet Operational Needs
November 8, 2019

The US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust the fees charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for certain benefit applications.

USDHS Guidance on Additional Scrutiny of F-1 OPT/STEM OPT and Relationship to Degree Field
November 7, 2019

On September 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued new Policy Guidance to schools indicating that additional scrutiny is being placed on determination of the “direct relationship between employment and a student’s major area of study” for any employment pursued under F-1 Optional Practical Training and STEM Optional Practical Training extension.