Major Immigration Updates

July 2020

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Following the lawsuit filed by MIT and Harvard University, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) rescinded their July 6 guidance that would have dramatically impacted international students in the U.S. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MIT Monitoring Potential Presidential Proclamations
June 14, 2020 Dear Students: There is speculation that the White House may soon announce an executive action temporarily restricting entry to the US by certain nonimmigrant visa holders, possibly including H-1B […]

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 […]