Major Immigration Updates

ISO CLOSED November 24 and 25; Special Office Hours on Wednesday, November 23
In preparation for the Thanksgiving Holiday, with the ISO and most MIT offices closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2022, the ISO will hold special walk-in hours…
ISO CLOSED – Friday, November 11, 2022 – Veterans’ Day
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022 in observance of the Veterans’ Day holiday. The ISO will re-open on Monday, November 14 for…
Fall 2022 International Student Statistics are now Available!
Below are the General Statistics for the International Student body for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please click here for more comprehensive statistics.  Student Body Composition Degree Level International   US Citizen   US Perm…
Employment Information Sessions and Q&A Opportunities – Fall 2022
F-1 Students interested in pursuing off-campus employment, either during or after completion of degree, using F-1 Pre-Completion or Post-Completion Optional Practical Training, or post-completion STEM OPT Extension, will need to…
ISO/MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, October 10, 2022
The ISO, and most MIT Offices, will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022 in observance of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. The ISO will re-open for walk-ins beginning at…
ISO/MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, September 5, 2022
The ISO, and most MIT Offices, will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The ISO will re-open for walk-ins beginning at 10:00am…
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…
CDC Rescinds Order Requiring Negative COVID-19 Test Prior to Flight to U.S.; Full COVID-19 Vaccination Still Required
On June 10, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the order issued on December 2, 2021 requiring a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation…
SSN Application Procedures Updated by SSA
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the release of the Online Social Security Number Application, the first step in applying for a Social Security Number (SSN). Individuals (including students…
MIT Issues Updated Remote Appointment Guidance for 2022-2023 Academic Year
The MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC) released updated guidance on Remote Appointments effective for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. MIT will continue to expect all enrolled students to be…
DHS Extends COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Non-U.S. Travelers Entering U.S. via Land/Ferry Ports of Entry
On April 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it has extended the requirements that all non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident travelers entering the U.S. by a Land or Ferry…
New ISO F-1 CPT information Session eCourse
The ISO, with the helpful recommendations from students in recent years, has developed an F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Employment Information Session via a Canvas eCourse.  This new delivery mode…
Income Tax Return (for 2021 tax year) – Filing Deadline April 18, 2022
Just a reminder that the annual income tax return filing deadline, for those who were physically present in the U.S. during the calendar year 2021, is April 18, 2022.  Current…
USCIS Final Rule Expands Premium Processing
On March 30, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule titled Implementation of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. Of note in the new rule is expanding…
State Department Provides Important Update/FAQ on Expansion of J-1 Academic Training in STEM Fields
The U.S. Department of State has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to the bottom of their announcement of January 21, 2022 that it will expand J-1 Academic Training employment…
ISO / MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, February 21, 2022
The ISO, and most MIT Offices, will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022 in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. The ISO will re-open for walk-ins beginning at 10:00am…
USDHS Adds 22 Fields to STEM Designated Degree Program List
On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it has added 22 fields of study, and corresponding Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes…
State Department Expands J-1 Academic Training for Undergraduate or Pre-Doctoral Degree Programs in STEM
February 18, 2022: USDOS Posts Update/FAQ on Expansion of J-1 Academic Training In STEM Fields — Clarifies Limits on AT to Length of Academic Program (Please read this linked announcement)…
DOS Announces F/M/J Visa Processing Posts for Applicants in Russia
On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to limited consular operations in Moscow, Russia that multiple posts have been designated for processing certain nonimmigrant visa…
Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination Required to Enter U.S. from Canada and Mexico
On January 20, 2022, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) announced that all non-U.S. citizens entering the U.S. via land and ferry terminal ports of entry from Canada or Mexico…