News and Announcements

May 2020

Presidential Proclamation Impacting Certain Chinese Students and Scholars: Letter to MIT International Students
May 31, 2020

On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation that may affect certain nationals from the People’s Republic of China seeking entry in F or J visa status to pursue graduate study or research at MIT.

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry to U.S. from Brazil, Iran, or China
May 24, 2020

On May 24, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation restricting travel to the US by individuals who have been to Brazil, Iran, or China within the previous 14 days.  The travel restriction takes effect at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on May 26, 2020 (NOTE: effective date amended to an early date from initial Proclamation). The travel restriction does not apply to: […]

ISO Virtual Forum: F-1 OPT/STEM OPT Extension – recording available
May 3, 2020

On Thursday, April 30, the ISO, in collaboration with the MIT Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) Office hosted a Virtual Forum on issues related to F-1 Optional Practical Training and F-1 Optional Practical Training Extensions. Special thanks to guest speaker Tianna Ransom, Career Development Specialist in CAPD, and to Dana Riechman, International Student Programming […]

April 2020

Executive Order Suspending Immigrant Visa Entry to the U.S.
April 23, 2020

Dear International Students and Scholars, We are writing to provide you with information on a new Executive Order (the Proclamation) signed by President Trump yesterday.  We hope that this information is helpful to you. Please know that we understand that this is an uncertain and challenging time, and that our offices are here to support […]

President Trump Tweets of Possible Executive Order to Suspend Immigration to the U.S.
April 21, 2020

Last night (Monday, April 20), President Trump tweeted that he will be “signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” in response to COVID-19.   Since this tweet, there has been no release of information as to what this may or may not entail.  Once any Executive Order or new official […]

USDHS Announces Extension of “Non-Essential” Travel Restriction Between Canada-U.S.-Mexico
April 20, 2020

Update 07/21/2020: Travel restriction between U.S.-Canada-Mexico extended to August 21, 2020. USDHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf released a statement that the restrictions on “Non-Essential” travel between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico has been extended for an additional 30 days (to May 20, 2020).  “Non-Essential” is defined in the notice as including “travel that is considered […]

FY H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1
April 1, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. A petitioner is only eligible to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition if the employer electronically registered […]

March 2020

Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Period Closes March 20 for Cap-Subject Employers
March 27, 2020

The initial registration period for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap-subject numerical allocations will close at noon Eastern on March 20, 2020. Registrations must be properly submitted by employers before noon Eastern on March 20 to be considered in the initial selection process. The full announcement can be read here. 

Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Period Closes March 20 for Cap-Subject Employers
March 27, 2020

The initial registration period for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap-subject numerical allocations will close at noon Eastern on March 20, 2020. Registrations must be properly submitted by employers before noon Eastern on March 20 to be considered in the initial selection process. The full announcement can be read here. 

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 states that due to COVID-19 “the 5-month temporary absence provision … will not apply for students who remain in Active status.” As all MIT students […]