Major Immigration Updates

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…
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,…