News and Announcements

January 2020

The Tech: ISO responds to work authorization delays affecting international students’ internships
June 18, 2019

As of Sunday, 43 graduate students and two undergraduate students have filed Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization applications, David Elwell, associate dean and director of MIT’s International Students Office (ISO), wrote in an email to The Tech.

Work authorization delays interfere with international students’ summer internships
June 16, 2019

International students at MIT and many other universities who applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization are experiencing widespread government processing delays, preventing them from starting their summer internships.

US State Department to Collect Social Media Information from US Visa Applicants
June 4, 2019

Effective May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of State has updated is nonimmigrant (DS-160) and immigrant (DS-260) visa applications forms for all applicants at U.S. Embassies/Consulates worldwide.

Changes to U.S. Sanction Rules on Cuba
June 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules, effective June 5, 2019. Changes include ending group people-to-people travel to Cuba and ending certain US exports to Cuba.

May 2019

USDHS increases SEVIS Fees
May 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced, effect June 24, 2019, that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program fees charged to international students, exchange visitors, and SEVP-certified host institutions will increase.

USDHS Suspends Air Transportation between the US and Venezuela
May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State announced that it is immediately suspending indefinitely all commercial and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela.

April 2019

USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Selection Process for FY 2020
April 11, 2019

On April 10, USCIS completed the random selection process (“lottery”) as it has received sufficient H-1B petitions for both the regular 65,000 cap and the 20,000 US-earned advanced degree (Masters degree or higher) cap for fiscal year 2020.

USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap
April 5, 2019

USCIS announced that is has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 65,000 H-1B visa regular “cap” for fiscal year 2020.

February 2019

Tax Filing Resources for International Students: Now Available!
February 27, 2019

Our US Federal tax filing resources are now available.

January 2019

I-20 & DS-2019 Delays Due to SEVIS
January 28, 2019

The US DHS SEVIS system is currently experiencing significant technical difficulties which are resulting in long delays for the issuance of the Form I-20 and the Form DS-2019. Your requests for documents will be processed as soon as SEVIS is operational. Thank you for your patience and understanding.