News and Announcements

March 2021

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 […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 03/21/2021
February 20, 2021

UPDATED 02/20/2021: 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 March 21, […]

USCIS Update Regarding Applicants Filing Form I-765 for F-1 OPT/STEM OPT
February 18, 2021

On February 18, 2021, USCIS issued an update regarding applicants who have long-pending Form I-765 applications for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (STEM OPT). […]

USDOS Updates National Interest Exemption for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
February 12, 2021

On February 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of State issued an update on the National Interest Exemption for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The guidance […]

January 2021

Biden Administration Revokes Trump Administration “Travel Bans”
January 26, 2021

On January 20, 2021 President Biden issued a Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States. This Proclamation revokes the following Executive Orders issued by the Trump […]

ACE Sends Letter to USCIS Addressing OPT/STEM OPT Processing Delays
January 26, 2021

On January 26, 2021, the American Council on Education (ACE) sent a letter to USDHS addressing the ongoing concerns of the higher education community on the OPT/STEM OPT processing delays […]