News and Announcements

April 2020

USDHS/ICE Guidance: In Response to COVID-19, F status 5-month Temporary Absence Rule Will Not Apply
March 24, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), which oversees the F visa regulations, posted on March 23, 2020 an updated “Frequently Asked Questions” to its website.  In this new guidance, USICE […]

Beware of Scams
March 24, 2020

The ISO has received new reports of some common scam phonecalls that are targeting international students (though some of these calls have also been received by ISO Staff).  We have […]

SCAM ALERT: SSN status, Calls from Government, Courier companies
March 23, 2020

The ISO has received new reports of some common scam phonecalls that are targeting international students (though some of these calls have also been received by ISO Staff).This includes a […]

U.S. Federal Tax Filing Deadline Changed to July 15, 2020
March 21, 2020

To follow up on our posting yesterday, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that they are officially changing the income tax filing deadline […]

Updating Address Information if Moving in the U.S. or Abroad
March 21, 2020

International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to continually update SEVIS about any address changes within 10 days of any move.  The following guidance will assist the ISO […]

MIT International Scholars Office posts Q&A on COVID-19 Guidance Impact on International Scholars/Researchers
March 20, 2020

The MIT International Scholars Office (ISchO) issued this Q&A on the COVID-19.  This information was shared directly with MIT international scholars as well as Department, Lab, and Center HR administrators. […]

U.S. State Department Suspends Routine Visa Services in Most Countries
March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of State has announced that, effective March 18, 2020, it is suspending routine visa services “in most countries”.  The official announcement is available on the State Department […]

USDHS Announces Restriction on “Non-Essential” Travel Between Canada-U.S.-Mexico
March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued joint statements with the Governments of Canada and Mexico that “Non-Essential” travel between the countries will be temporarily restricted […]

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 […]

U.S Tax Payment Deadline Changed to July 15, 2020; Tax Return Filing Deadline Still April 15, 2020
March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that individuals who owe tax as part of the income tax filing process this year can defer payment […]