MIT Reviewing USDHS Guidance/FAQ for Fall 2020

MIT Reviewing USDHS Guidance/FAQ for Fall 2020

As a follow up to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Guidance on COVID-19 and procedures impacting international students for Fall 2020, issued on July 6, USDHS on July 7 issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Guidance.

The issuance of the FAQ has added to a number of existing questions related to visa status, course instruction, travel issues, and new Form I-20 issuance for international students for the Fall 2020 semester.

As referenced in President Reif’s email on July 8 in support of our international community, MIT joined Harvard in filing a lawsuit to prevent USDHS and ICE from enforcing the new guidance and declaring it unlawful.

While court actions move forward, the ISO and other MIT offices have been reviewing both the initial guidance and the FAQ to be prepared to assist students should the USDHS guidance implementation be required.  We plan to provide on Monday, July 13 some initial responses to common questions we have received to assist the MIT community.

We will email all MIT international students and the community once our own Frequently Asked Questions document is posted on the ISO Updates and the “Major Immigration Alerts and Updates” webpages.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to speaking with you soon.