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FBI Warns of Scams Targeting Chinese Students/Scholars at U.S. Universities
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a warning about a current scam targeting Chinese communities in the U.S., including Chinese students attending U.S. colleges and universities. The scam…
ISO / Most MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, May 27, 2024
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The ISO will close for walk-ins beginning at 3:00pm…
U.S. Suspends Visa Services in Haiti
On April 15, 2024, the U.S. Department of State announced that the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has suspended routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interview appointments until further notice.  The…
ISO / Most MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, April 15, 2024
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, April 15, 2024 in observance of the Patriots’ Day holiday. The ISO will close for walk-ins beginning at 3:00pm…
MIT Tax Workshops for International Students and Scholars – first workshop on February 22, 2024
The MIT ISO and Vice President for Finance Office (VPF) will be hosting a series of Tax Workshops for international students and scholars to provide resources on how to complete…
Immigration Attorney Presentation on “Post-Graduation Work Visas & Permanent Residence Options” – Slidedeck and Recording Available on ISO Website
The ISO hosted on February 8, 2024 a presentation by Boston-based immigration law firm Iandol Desai & Cronin, PC on “Post-Graduation Work Visas and Permanent Residence Options”.  A copy of…
ISO / Most MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, February 19, 2024
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024 in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. The ISO will close for walk-ins beginning at 3:00pm…
USCIS Announces Application Fee Increases, Effective April 1, 2024
On January 31, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a Final Rule to adjust fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit applications, effective April 1, 2024.  As indicated…
ISO / Most MIT Offices CLOSED on Monday, January 15, 2024
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The ISO will close beginning at…
USCIS Premium Processing Fees to Increase Effective February 26, 2024
On December 28, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Premium…
USDOS Extends Again Discretion on Waivers of In-Person Visa Interviews for Certain Nonimmigrants
On December 21, 2023, the U.S. Department of State announced that it has again extended authorization to consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants…
ISO / Most MIT Offices CLOSED December 25, 2023 through January 1, 2024
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed for a holiday break on Monday, December 25, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024. The ISO will close beginning at 3:00pm…
ISO Closed on Thursday-Friday, November 23-24, 2023 for Thanksgiving Holiday
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2023 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Veterans’ Day. The ISO will close…
REMINDER: Obtaining Travel Signatures on Form I-20/Form DS-2019
*NOTE: You can leave the U.S. without a travel validation signature, but you will need one to re-enter. Travel validation signatures on the Form I-20 (F visa holders) or Form…
Potential Impact on International Students and Scholars of a U.S. Government Shutdown
On November 16, 2023, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the stopgap two-step spending bill, passed passed by the U.S. Congress, into law. The spending bill extends funding until Friday, January…
ISO Closed on Friday, November 10, 2023
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans’ Day. The ISO will close to walk-ins beginning at 3:00pm on Thursday, November…
ISO EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER for PORT-OF-ENTRY ISSUES
If you encounter issues while traveling, and specifically at your U.S. Port-of-Entry with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where additional information is requested by CBP officials, please contact the…
U.S. Visa Services Suspended in Israel
On October 13, 2023, the U.S. Department of State posted the following notice on the U.S. Embassy-Israel website concerning nonimmigrant (NIV) and immigrant (IV) visa processing in Israel: “Due to…
ISO Closed on Monday, October 9, 2023
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  The ISO will close to walk-ins beginning at 3:00pm on Friday,…
Potential Impact on International Students & Scholars of a U.S. Government Shutdown
September 30, 2023: The U.S. Congress this evening passed a continuing resolution to allow the government to remain funded for the next 45 days, avoiding a shutdown.We will continue to…