Major Immigration Updates

July 2020

Entry to U.S. from Most European Countries Suspended for 30 Days
March 11, 2020

The United States Government announced that it is suspending entry into the United States for certain foreign nationals who have been physically present in the Schengen area (which includes most […]

November 2019

USCIS Proposes to Adjust Fees to Meet Operational Needs
November 8, 2019

The US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust the fees charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for certain benefit applications.

USDHS Guidance on Additional Scrutiny of F-1 OPT/STEM OPT and Relationship to Degree Field
November 7, 2019

On September 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued new Policy Guidance to schools indicating that additional scrutiny is being placed on determination of the “direct relationship between employment and a student’s major area of study” for any employment pursued under F-1 Optional Practical Training and STEM Optional Practical Training extension.

October 2019

MIT Joins Peer Institutions in Filing an Amicus Curaie Brief in US Supreme Court in Support of the DACA Program
October 9, 2019

The MIT Office of the General Counsel issued a statement on its webpage outlining that MIT joined the “friend of the court” brief with 18 peer institutions issued on October 3, 2019.

June 2019

President Reif: Immigration is a Kind of Oxygen
June 25, 2019

MIT President L. Rafael Reif released a letter to the MIT Community addressing the important role immigration, and immigrants, play in the U.S. and at MIT.

3Q: Supporting MIT international students experiencing processing delays this summer
June 19, 2019

David C. Elwell, Associate Dean and Director of the MIT International Students Office, talks about impact of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing delays impacting international students seeking to pursue summer internships in the U.S.

The Tech: ISO responds to work authorization delays affecting international students’ internships
June 18, 2019

As of Sunday, 43 graduate students and two undergraduate students have filed Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization applications, David Elwell, associate dean and director of MIT’s International Students Office (ISO), wrote in an email to The Tech.

Work authorization delays interfere with international students’ summer internships
June 16, 2019

International students at MIT and many other universities who applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization are experiencing widespread government processing delays, preventing them from starting their summer internships.

US State Department to Collect Social Media Information from US Visa Applicants
June 4, 2019

Effective May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of State has updated is nonimmigrant (DS-160) and immigrant (DS-260) visa applications forms for all applicants at U.S. Embassies/Consulates worldwide.

Changes to U.S. Sanction Rules on Cuba
June 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules, effective June 5, 2019. Changes include ending group people-to-people travel to Cuba and ending certain US exports to Cuba.