News and Announcements

January 2022

Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination Required to Enter U.S. from Canada and Mexico
January 24, 2022

On January 20, 2022, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) announced that all non-U.S. citizens entering the U.S. via land and ferry terminal ports of entry from Canada or Mexico […]

ISO EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER for PORT-OF-ENTRY ISSUES
January 15, 2022

If you encounter issues at your U.S. Port-of-Entry with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where additional information is requested, please contact the ISO Emergency Phone Number: 617-258-5480. This number is […]

December 2021

ISO Travel Guidance – Fall/Winter Break 2021-2022
December 29, 2021

UPDATE 12/29/2021: Effective December 31, 2021, the travel restrictions to the U.S. from the 8 countries of Southern Africa will be revoked. For details, please click here. ALL travelers must […]

USCBP Lifts U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions at Land/Ferry Border Crossings, Requires Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination
December 29, 2021

On December 23, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) announced that it has lifted the restrictions on “Non-Essential Travel” (e.g., for tourism purposes) for fully vaccinated individuals traveling through […]

USDOS Extends Discretion for Consulates to Waive In-Person Visa Interviews For Certain Nonimmigrants Through End of 2022
December 29, 2021

On December 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced that it has extended authorization to consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants – […]

Travel Restrictions to the U.S. from 8 Countries of Southern Africa REVOKED, effective December 31, 2021
December 29, 2021

On December 28, 2021, U.S. President Joseph Biden issued a Proclamation that revokes the prohibition on entry to the U.S. by non-U.S. citizens who had been physically present in 8 […]

ISO Update – December 29, 2021
December 29, 2021

CONTENTS Travel Restrictions to the U.S. from 8 Countries of Southern Africa REVOKED, effective December 31, 2021 USDOS Extends Discretion for Consulates to Waive In-Person Visa Interviews For Certain Nonimmigrants […]

ISO CLOSED for Winter Break; Operate VIRTUALLY During First Weeks of IAP
December 23, 2021

The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed for the Winter Holiday Break. The ISO will be closed, starting on Thursday, December 23, 2021 (3:00pm Eastern U.S. Time). The […]

MIT Announces COVID-19 Response Update for IAP (January 2022)
December 23, 2021

On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, MIT announced changes in operations for IAP 2022. Highlights of the announcement include the following: Omicron is rapidly changing the situation, and MIT is responding.  January IAP will […]

USDOS Publishes Revised Policy on Determining Nonimmigrant Intent for Student Visa Applicants
December 20, 2021

On December 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) providing guidance to visa officers on assessing “nonimmigrant intent” by student visa applicants (F-1 and […]