News and Announcements

December 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.

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.