MIT Monitoring Potential Presidential Proclamations

MIT Monitoring Potential Presidential Proclamations

Dear Students:

There is speculation that the White House may soon announce an executive action temporarily restricting entry to the US by certain nonimmigrant visa holders, possibly including H-1B workers and certain categories of J-1 exchange visitors. No details have been released by the government, but MIT is closely monitoring all sources of information and will inform the community as soon as reliable information becomes available.

Some students and scholars have asked if they should avoid travel outside the US if they are already here, or if they should travel to the US sooner, if possible, if they are currently abroad.  At this point, we can offer only speculative advice based on rumors about potential executive action.

However, out of an abundance of caution, we would encourage those currently here to avoid international travel if possible.  For those abroad, we understand that there are numerous travel restrictions that might limit your ability to return now. For current students or scholars who are not subject to those restrictions and are able to return, we encourage you to do so.  As always, if you have imminent plans to travel, please contact your ISO Advisor

We continue to monitor developments on further U.S. immigration matters, including additional guidance on the Presidential Proclamation impacting certain Chinese Nationals in F or J status (originally issued on May 29, 2020) as well as ​potential action concerning F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).  As soon as any official information is released, we will provide updates on the MIT Major Immigration Updates & AlertsInternational Students Office (ISO), and International Scholars Office (ISchO) News web pages.


David C. Elwell
Associate Dean and Director
International Students Office
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building E18-Room 219 (E18-219)
Cambridge, MA  02139
Phone:  (617) 253-3795
Fax:  (617) 258-5483

ISO Remote Office Hours:  Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm Eastern Time; Closed Wednesdays from 10:00am-11:30am Eastern Time.

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