Major Immigration Updates

MIT Announces COVID-19 Response Update for IAP (January 2022)
On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, MIT announced changes in operations for IAP 2022. Highlights of the announcement include the following: Omicron is rapidly changing the situation, and MIT is responding.  January IAP will…
USDOS Publishes Revised Policy on Determining Nonimmigrant Intent for Student Visa Applicants
On December 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) providing guidance to visa officers on assessing “nonimmigrant intent” by student visa applicants (F-1 and…
U.S. Updates Travel Requirements –Negative COVID-19 Test within 1 Day of Travel to U.S.
On December 2, 2021, U.S. President Biden announced new actions to combat COVID-19, which included an update that all travelers to the U.S. must have proof of a negative COVID-19…
U.S. Announces Travel Restrictions From 8 Countries of Southern Africa
UPDATE: 12/29/2021: Effective December 31, 2021, the travel restrictions to the U.S. from the 8 countries of Southern Africa will be revoked. For details, please click here. ALL travelers are…
ISO CLOSED – November 25-26, 2021 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The ISO will re-open for walk-ins on…
MIT Remote Appointment Guidance For Spring 2022
The Office of the Vice Chancellor announced that MIT guidance on in-person learning and remote appointments for Fall 2021 will continue for the Spring 2022 semester.  Students are expected to…
ISO CLOSED – November 11, 2021 in observance of Veterans Day
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. ISO staff will respond to emails as soon as possible…
USDOS Issues Final Rule Updating NAFTA with USMCA; Visa Classifications Remain Unchanged
On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced a final rule that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), effective…
USDHS Announces Fully Vaccinated Travelers Permitted to Enter U.S. at Land and Ferry Border Crossings, Effective November 8, 2021
On October 29, 2021 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that travelers providing documentation confirming they are fully vaccinated for COVID will be able to enter the U.S. for…
2021 – 2022 International Student Statistics are now Available!
Below are the General Statistics for the International Student body for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please click here for more comprehensive statistics.  Student Body Composition Degree Level International   US Citizen   US Perm…
Presidential Proclamation Lifts Travel Bans and Establishes Vaccine/Testing Requirements For Air Travel to U.S., Effective November 8
UPDATE 12/03/2021: U.S. Updates Travel Requirements – Negative COVID-19 Test within 1 Day of Travel to U.S., effective December 6, 2021; vaccination requirements remain unchanged from Presidential Proclamation effective November…
U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 01/21/2022
UPDATED 10/21/2021: 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…
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…
Higher Education Associations Request White House/CDC Flexibility on Travel Policy for International Students and Scholars
On October 14, 2021, the American Council on Education (ACE), along with a number of higher education associations, wrote a letter to the White House Coordinator of COVID-19 Response and…
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…
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…