Major Immigration Updates

U.S. to Allow Fully Vaccinated Travelers to Enter from Canada and Mexico via Land Border and Ferry Ports of Entry
On October 12, 2021, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security announced that, beginning in November 2021, non-essential travelers (for example, tourists, friends and family visitors) who have been fully vaccinated…
ISO Closed – Monday, October 11, 2021
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.The ISO will re-open on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. ISO Staff…
U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 10/21/2021
UPDATED 09/22/2021: 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…
USDOS Expands of In-Person Visa Interview Waiver Eligibility for F, M, and J academic visa types
On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced an expansion of the ability for consular officers to waive in-person interviews, under certain criteria, for F, M, or J…
MIT Vaccine Information
MIT Medical has posted a Vaccine Information FAQ, including specific questions received from international students. Please be sure to return to this site for continuous updates throughout the summer and…
U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 09/21/2021
UPDATED 08/23/2021: 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…
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…
USDOS Updates NIE Guidance and FAQ
On August 12, 2021, the U.S Department of State has updated their website posting on National Interest Exemptions (NIE) with some additional frequently asked questions (FAQ). Of specific interest is…
Senators Ask USDOS To Speed Up Student Visa Processing
On August 6, 2021, a group of U.S. Senators, led by Senator Alex Padilla of California, sent a letter to Secretary Anthony Blinken at the U.S. Department of State to…
U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education Release Joint Statement in Support of International Education
On July 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education released a “Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education” at the 2021 EducationUSA Forum.…
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…
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,…
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…
American Council on Education Letter to USDOS Regarding PP10043 Suspending Entry of Students/Researchers from China
On June 10, 2021, the American Council on Education (ACE) sent a letter, co-signed by a number of higher education associations, to the U.S. Department of State outlining concerns about…
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…