News and Announcements

July 2020

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.

October 2019

MIT Joins Peer Institutions in Filing an Amicus Curaie Brief in US Supreme Court in Support of the DACA Program
October 9, 2019

The MIT Office of the General Counsel issued a statement on its webpage outlining that MIT joined the “friend of the court” brief with 18 peer institutions issued on October 3, 2019.

July 2019

SCAM ALERT: SSN status, Calls from Government, Courier companies
July 30, 2019

There are recent reports of new scams targeting international students: 1) scammers posing as an officer from their home country Consulate or police through social media or phone; 2) Calls to Chinese students claiming to be Chinese Government officials; 3) scammers posing as package courier companies by phone; 4) Caller ID of scam using legitimate government agency phone numbers.

Update on OPT Processing Delays
July 4, 2019

The ISO continues to monitor F-1 Optional Practical Training processing times as approval timelines have been delayed as compared to previous years. These processing delays are affecting all OPT applications processed around the U.S.

June 2019

President Reif: Immigration is a Kind of Oxygen
June 25, 2019

MIT President L. Rafael Reif released a letter to the MIT Community addressing the important role immigration, and immigrants, play in the U.S. and at MIT.

SEVP Announces Changes to Program Fees
June 20, 2019

On May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools.

3Q: Supporting MIT international students experiencing processing delays this summer
June 19, 2019

David C. Elwell, Associate Dean and Director of the MIT International Students Office, talks about impact of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing delays impacting international students seeking to pursue summer internships in the U.S.