News and Announcements

February 2022

State Department Provides Important Update/FAQ on Expansion of J-1 Academic Training in STEM Fields
February 18, 2022

The U.S. Department of State has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to the bottom of their announcement of January 21, 2022 that it will expand J-1 Academic Training employment […]

ISO / MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, February 21, 2022
February 18, 2022

The ISO, and most MIT Offices, will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022 in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. The ISO will re-open for walk-ins beginning at 10:00am […]

January 2022

USDHS Adds 22 Fields to STEM Designated Degree Program List
January 27, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it has added 22 fields of study, and corresponding Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes […]

State Department Expands J-1 Academic Training for Undergraduate or Pre-Doctoral Degree Programs in STEM
January 27, 2022

February 18, 2022: USDOS Posts Update/FAQ on Expansion of J-1 Academic Training In STEM Fields — Clarifies Limits on AT to Length of Academic Program (Please read this linked announcement) […]

DOS Announces F/M/J Visa Processing Posts for Applicants in Russia
January 24, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to limited consular operations in Moscow, Russia that multiple posts have been designated for processing certain nonimmigrant visa […]

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 […]

December 2021

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 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 […]