Major Immigration Updates

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 08/21/2021
UPDATED 07/21/2021: USDHS/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…
USCIS Announces New Policy Guidance on Change of Status Applications to F-1 Student Status
On July 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to…
USDOS Announces NIE Issued By US Embassy/Consulate Valid for Entry to US for 12 Months, Multiple Entries
On July 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced an Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the…
ISO Updates
ISO Update: June 24, 2021 Content(1)  ISO Virtual Forums – next session on June 25, 2021(2)  Virtual Webinars/June Orientation Sessions Posted(3)  MIT Medical Survey for Students Unable to Get Vaccinated…
U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 07/21/2021
UPDATED 06/21/2021: USDHS/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…
Requirements for In-person Learning and Campus-based Student Appointments for the Fall 2021 – Letter from Vice Chancellor
The following information was emailed to MIT students on June 15, 2021 from Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz. The letter can also be accessed directly on the Office of the Vice…
USDOS Publishes Update on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions (National Interest Exemptions)
Dated June 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated its posting regarding the current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and eligible exceptions/exemptions. To view the posting, click here. The June 1,…
USDOS Provides Clarification on NIE for China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, India effective 08/01/2021; applies to travel on F-1 OPT/STEM OPT Extension
On May 13, 2021 (and again updated on May 27, 2021), U.S. Department of State posted an update to its posting on April 26, 2021 eligibility for National Interest Exemption…
U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 06/21/2021
UPDATED 05/24/2021: 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…
MIT Vaccine Information
June 18, 2021: MIT Medical has formulated a brief survey for international students or U.S. nationals living outside the U.S. to provide insight in who may not be able to…
India, COVID, and our Global Community
On May 7, 2021, MIT President Rafael Reif sent a letter to the community regarding the continued suffering due to the pandemic around the globe, and specifically the recent surge…
Suspension of U.S. Consular Services in Russia
The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia website indicates that routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services have been suspended. No date is given regarding the possible resumption of services. This follows a…
USDOS Provides Updated Guidance on National Interest Exemptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and India
On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced that certain individuals (including those in F and M student visa status and certain J exchange visitor categories) traveling to…
Executive Order Imposing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions to U.S. adds India
On April 30, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation/Executive Order adding India to the list of countries subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions for entry to the U.S. within 14…
ISO EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER for PORT-OF-ENTRY ISSUES
If you encounter issues at your U.S. Port-of-Entry with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where additional information is requested, please contact the ISO Emergency Phone Number: 617-258-5480. This number is…
Limits to U.S. Visa Services in India
On April 27, 2021 the U.S. Department of State announced that all in-person and interview-waiver visa appointments are cancelled at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and the Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad,…
USICE/SEVP Issues Enrollment Guidance for Academic Year 2021-2022
On April 26, 2021, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that their international student enrollment guidance will remain the same for…
U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 05/21/2021
UPDATED 04/22/2021: 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…
USCIS Announces I-765 Applications for F-1 OPT, STEM OPT Can Be Filed Online; Awaiting Clarifications on Photo Procedures
On April 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training Extension (STEM OPT), using Form…
U.S. State Department Issues Visa Services Update
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…