News and Announcements

January 2021

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 02/21/2021
January 15, 2021

UPDATED 01/22/2021: USCBP USCBP has posted to its Twitter account that the Non-Essential travel restriction between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an additional period (to February 21, 2021). UPDATED 01/15/2021: Recent media reports, and an announcement from the Canadian Prime Minister, indicate that the Non-Essential travel restriction between Canada, the U.S. […]

U.S. will require negative Covid-19 tests for international travelers entering the U.S.
January 13, 2021

Under a new federal Order that will take effect January 26, 2021, air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country will be subject to new COVID-19 testing requirements.  Passengers will be required to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative […]

Trump Administration Extends Two Immigration- Related Proclamations to March 31, 2021
January 5, 2021

On December 31, 2020, the Trump administration announced the extension of the following two policies: (1) Immigrant entry restriction extended to March 31, 2021: On April 22, 2020, a Presidential Proclamation narrowly restricted entry to the U.S. of certain persons outside the U.S. who have been granted immigrant visa stamps (issued by U.S. Consulates, after […]

December 2020

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 01/21/2021
December 21, 2020

UPDATED 12/20/2020: USCBP announces via Twitter that Non-Essential travel restriction between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended. The posting is not as definitive as past notices, referring to “land border ports of entry”, but it indicates the restriction “remains in effect”. While no expiration date is indicated, we assume that the restriction is […]

Guidance on Remote Student Appointments Performed Outside the U.S. (Spring 2021)
December 7, 2020

December 2020 Update (posted 12/07/2020) On December 7, 2020, Ian Waitz, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate and Graduate Education at MIT, emailed and posted a “December 2020 Update” and FAQ for Guidance on Remote Student Appointments Performed Outside the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester. Please view the full “December 2020 Update” and FAQ online here.

Court Rulings Halt Implementation of Recent H-1B/DOL/Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rules
December 4, 2020

As a result of a court ruling on December 1, 2020, the two rules affecting the H-1B and E-3 visa programs, and PERM Labor Certifications that were described in our Update of October 21, 2020, are no longer in effect.  The rules affected are: The US Department of Labor Interim (DOL) Rule “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary […]

November 2020

USCIS Extends Validity of Certain Forms I-797 for I-9 Processing Due to Document Issuance Delays
November 23, 2020

On November 23, 2020, USCIS announced that it will further extend acceptance of certain Form I-797 Notices of Action for completing Forms I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification given delays in processing certain Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). This only applies to certain types of applications. The new deadline for use of this provision is February 1, 2021. […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 12/21/2020
November 20, 2020

UPDATED 11/20/2020: USCBP announces via Twitter that Non-Essential travel restriction between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended. The posting is not as definitive as past notices, referring to “land border ports of entry”, but it indicates the restriction “remains in effect”. While expiration date is indicated, we assume that the restriction is extended […]

U.S. Department of State Posts Update to Phased Resumption of Visa Services Announcement/FAQ
November 14, 2020

On November 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) posted to its website an update to its announcement and FAQ on “Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services“. The announcement/FAQ can be viewed here. For updates on visa services and processing at a specific U.S. Embassy/Consulate, please check the DOS website (http://usembassy.gov).

October 2020

Chinese Consulate General Posts Guidance on New Airline/Travel Requirements for Entry to China due to COVID-19
October 29, 2020

On October 29, 2020, the Consulate General of China posted on the Chinese Embassy/Consulate websites new COVID-19 testing requirements to board flights, and entry, to China. The new requirements are effective November 6, 2020. To read the full announcement, please see the posting on the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China here.