Major Immigration Updates

April 2021

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

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

January 2021

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 […]

Executive Order Extending Travel Restriction to U.S. from Iran, China, Brazil, Europe/Schengen Countries (including United Kingdom and Ireland); adding South Africa
January 26, 2021

On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order to maintain the COVID travel restrictions for entry to the U.S. within 14 days of being physically present in Brazil […]