News and Announcements

July 2020

U.S. Travel Restriction from Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland Lifted for Certain Visa Types
July 17, 2020

On July 16, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs officially announced that individuals traveling to the U.S. from the Schengen area, United Kingdom, and Ireland in certain visa statuses may enter the U.S. with a “National Interest Exception” to the Presidential Proclamations that created the 14-day travel restrictions from these countries. Student […]

USDOS Provides Details on Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services
July 15, 2020

On July 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has posted on its website more detailed information, and an FAQ, on the phased resumption of routine visa services at U.S. Embassies/Consulates ( Students are advised to monitor the U.S. Embassy/Consulate website ( for confirmation of when services will resume at their […]

MIT President Op-Ed: I’m the President of MIT. America Needs Foreign Students
July 14, 2020

Following the lawsuit filed by MIT and Harvard University, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) rescinded their July 6 guidance that would have dramatically impacted international students in the U.S. MIT President L. Rafael Reif wrote an op-ed that was published in The New York Times on July 14 reflecting on the importance of the […]

Presidential Proclamation Eliminating U.S. Differential Treatment of Hong Kong
July 14, 2020

On July 14, 2020, the White House published “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization”, which eliminates differential treatment of Hong Kong in relation to U.S. law as it relates to the People’s Republic of China. As stated in the Proclamation, the action is taken in response to a determined change “in Hong Kong’s […]

USICE Rescinds July 6 Guidance on International Students and Online Learning
July 14, 2020

On July 14, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) rescinded its guidance issued on July 6, 2020 on international students in F and M visa status and limits to online learning for the Fall 2020 semester. MIT and Harvard had filed a lawsuit against the […]

U.S. Department of State Twitter Indicates Embassies/Consulates Begin Phased Reopening July 15, 2020
July 13, 2020

While we do not see an official posting on the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) webpage, the official Twitter page for the USDOS Bureau of Consular Affairs posted this morning (9:57am, Monday, July 13, 2020) the following: “US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy […]

USDHS Guidance for Fall 2020 – Current Updates – Awaiting Court Decision
July 13, 2020

We are all anxious about the recent USDHS guidance, and, as I indicated on Friday, we had hoped to be able to provide you with some answers to your questions today.  However, we are continuing to monitor developments, including a decision in the lawsuit MIT and Harvard filed, which we expect on Wednesday, July 15.  Once we […]

MIT Reviewing USDHS Guidance/FAQ for Fall 2020
July 11, 2020

As a follow up to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Guidance on COVID-19 and procedures impacting international students for Fall 2020, issued on July 6, USDHS on July 7 issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Guidance. The issuance of the FAQ has added to a number of existing questions related to visa status, […]

MIT Reviewing USDHS Guidance for Fall 2020
July 6, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has today issued its guidance on procedures that will apply to international students for the Fall 2020 semester in response to COVID-19.  We understand that USDHS plans to release an additional “Frequently Asked Questions”, but it is uncertain when this will be published. MIT is currently reviewing this initial release and […]

June 2020

Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspending Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants in H, L, and J Status
June 23, 2020

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation titled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak. The Proclamation will take effect on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. EDT. The Proclamation suspends entry to the U.S. by foreign nationals in certain J-1 categories and […]