News and Announcements

April 2021

USCIS Announces I-765 Applications for F-1 OPT, STEM OPT Can Be Filed Online; Awaiting Clarifications on Photo Procedures
April 14, 2021

On April 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training Extension (STEM OPT), using Form […]

U.S. State Department Issues Visa Services Update
April 8, 2021

On April 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of State issued and announcement and FAQ to provide an update on the status of visa services at U.S. Embassies/Consulates abroad that have […]

March 2021

Update on Remote International Appointments for Summer and Fall 2021
March 26, 2021

The following information is included in a series of notes from the Vice Chancellor about important information about remote international appointments for the Summer and Fall 2021.  We are sharing […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 04/21/2021
March 20, 2021

UPDATED 03/19/2021: USCBP has posted to the Federal Register that the Non-Essential travel restriction at land ports of entry between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an […]

Supporting our Asian community in a difficult time — Letter from President Reif
March 18, 2021

The ISO joins the entire MIT community in our shock and outrage at the rise in anti-Asian violence being experienced in the U.S. and abroad.   On March 18, 2021, MIT […]

President Reif: Supporting our Asian community in a difficult time
March 18, 2021

On March 18, 2021, MIT President L. Rafael Reif released a letter to the MIT Community addressing the surge in anti-Asian violence and discrimination, and voicing solidarity with the MIT […]

Tax Filing Resources for MIT International Students
March 1, 2021

(emailed to all MIT international students on March 1, 2021) Dear MIT International Students, Our Federal tax filing resources are now available at no cost to all MIT international students […]

February 2021

USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT
February 26, 2021

On February 26, 2021, USCIS issued a news release “USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT“, providing some support for international students who filed Form I-765 […]

USDOS Announces New Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services
February 25, 2021

On February 24, 2021, the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) announced additional updates to the phased resumption of routine visa services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. The announcement indicates […]

President Biden issues Proclamation revoking immigrant visa ban
February 24, 2021

On February 24, 2021, President Biden released a Proclamation revoking the prior administration’s suspension of immigrant visas due to the 2019 corona virus outbreak (Proclamation 10014, section 1 of Proclamation 10052 and section 1 […]