Major Immigration Updates

-- The US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust the fees charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for certain benefit applications.  Some of the proposed fee changes that will impact international students and scholars include:
Form I-129 (for H-1B petitions):  $560  (increase from $460)
Form I-485 (adjustment of status/Permanent Residency applications):  $1,120 (+ biometrics)
Form I-539 (Application for Change of Nonimmigrant Status):  $400  (increase from $370)
Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization, including F-1 OPT/STEM OPT):  $490  (increase from $410)

The ISO will be sure to provide updates once any rulemaking is final and any fee changes have an assigned effective date.
A copy of the USCIS news release is available .
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 A copy of the full notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register is available . 

November 7, 2019 --
On September 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued new Policy Guidance to schools indicating that additional scrutiny is being placed on determination of the “direct relationship between employment and a student’s major area of study” for any employment pursued under F-1 Optional Practical Training and STEM Optional Practical Training extension.  You may read a copy of the Policy Guidance .

F-1 student visa regulations for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and STEM Optional Practical Training Extension (STEM OPT) have always required any off-campus employment be directly related to a student’s degree program at MIT.  We have already seen more cases of students receiving “Requests for Evidence” from USCIS for pending OPT, STEM OPT, and H-1B petitions asking for documentation proving that the experience/training/job duties are directly related to the degree earned. 

The ISO highlights on its website and during F-1 Employment Information Sessions, that students need to show extra care to be sure that the work/training being pursued is a direct application of the degree earned at MIT.  Questions that can help determine this are:
*How do your job/internship duties require your MIT academic degree background?
*How are you putting into practice your degree in your CPT/OPT/STEM OPT Training?
*Did the employer require individuals with education in your specific degree field for the position hired (not one subject taken during the program, or general field area, but your specific degree field – for example, for a student with a degree in Mechanical Engineering why is your degree in Mechanical Engineering needed to do this training/work; and not just requiring general engineering or mathematical background?).

Any student interested in applying for CPT or OPT are required to attend an ISO F-1 Employment Information Session, offered approximately once per week by the ISO.  Students can sign up to attend an F-1 Employment information Session on .

If students have any questions, please feel free to contact your ISO Advisor.

October 9, 2019 -- -- The MIT Office of the General Counsel issued a statement on its webpage outlining that MIT joined the "friend of the court" brief with 18 peer institutions issued on October 3, 2019.  To view a copy of the statement, click . 

June 25, 2019 -- -- MIT President L. Rafael Reif released a letter to the MIT Community addressing the important role immigration, and immigrants, play in the U.S. and at MIT.

June 19, 2019 -- -- David C. Elwell, Associate Dean and Director of the MIT International Students Office, talks about impact of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing delays impacting international students seeking to pursue summer internships in the U.S.

June 18, 2019 --

June 16, 2019 --

June 4, 2019 -- -- Effective May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of State has updated is nonimmigrant (DS-160) and immigrant (DS-260) visa applications forms for all applicants at U.S. Embassies/Consulates worldwide.  Applicants will be required to indicate all social media platforms they have used for the 5 years preceding their visa application and the handles/identifiers they used on those platforms. 
View the news release, and links to additional information, on the U.S. Department of State website, . 

June 4, 2019 -- -- The U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules, effective June 5, 2019.  Changes include ending group people-to-people travel to Cuba and ending certain US exports to Cuba. 
For a details on the changes, please see the full on the U.S. Department of Treasury website.
 

May 22, 2019 -- -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced, effect June 24, 2019, that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program fees charged to international students, exchange visitors, and SEVP-certified host institutions will increase.  A sample of the fee increases include:

  • SEVIS I-901 Fee for F-1 and M-1 visa international students will increase from US$200 to US$350.
  • SEVIS I-901 Fee for J-1 Exchange Visitor visa students and scholars will increase from US$180 to US$220.
  • A new US$1,250 Recertification Fee will be paid by every SEVP-certified school when filing its recertification petition (every two years).

To read the full notice, please see the DHS news release .

May 15, 2019 -- -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State announced that it is immediately suspending indefinitely all commercial and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela.  The indicates that if conditions in Venezuela change the suspension can be revisited. 

April 11, 2019 -- -- On April 10, USCIS completed the random selection process ("lottery") as it has received sufficient H-1B petitions for both the regular 65,000 cap and the 20,000 US-earned advanced degree (Masters degree or higher) cap for fiscal year 2020.  USCIS announced they received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period that begin on April 1, 2019.  USCIS will reject and return all unselected H-1B petitions to the employer/attorney that filed the H-1B petition.
USCIS will continue to process all H-1B petitions filed that are not subject to the H-1B cap (including those filed by U.S. colleges and universities and university-affiliated research institutes). 
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 A copy of the announcement is available on the USCIS webite, . 

April 5, 2019 -- -- USCIS announced that is has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 65,000 H-1B visa regular "cap" for fiscal year 2020.  USCIS is in process to determine that it has received a sufficient number of petitions for the 20,000 H-1B visa cap for applications requiring a US-earned advanced degree (Masters degree or higher).  The announcement has been posted on the USCIS website, . 

January 22, 2019 -- Supreme Court takes no action on Trump Administration request to review DACA termination litigation -- The U.S. Supreme Court took no action on the request by the Trump Administration to expedite review of the current court challenges to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The Supreme Court could still take up the case at a future time.  
Given this action, the DACA program remains in place and applications for renewal of DACA protections and benefits will continue to be accepted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until further notice.
To view of copy of the Trump Administration's request to the Supreme Court, click .

December 22, 2018 -- Partial U.S. Government Shutdown -- Last evening, the U.S. Congress adjourned without passing a comprehensive budget. This will temporarily impact some government agencies and immigration-related services. Please monitor the website at http://hengshengchuye.cn/immigration/imm_updates.shtml  for ongoing updates.

  • Visa processing services at US Embassies and Consulates abroad may slow down or be suspended. For specific details, please review the website of the embassy or consulate to which you are applying for a visa.
     
  • Customs and Border Protection at US airports and other ports of entry are expected continue their services, screening and admitting arriving foreign nationals.
     
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency funded by application fees, will likely continue processing petitions for work authorization documents, changes of status, extensions, and employment-based visas, as it did during the previous shutdown.
     
  • The US Department of Labor, to which applications must be submitted for certain steps in the employment-based visa process, is expected to continue functioning as long as previously appropriated funds last.

As more is known, updates will be posted at http://hengshengchuye.cn/immigration/imm_updates.shtml

MIT is currently closed for the Christmas holiday until Wednesday, December 26. For information about travel and visas, please visit the International Scholars Office website at . Emergency contact information and procedures are listed there.
International Students may contact the MIT International Students Office by email at and also reference the ISO website at http://hengshengchuye.cn.
 

November 8, 2018 -- - The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court decision blocking the Trump Administration from ending DACA, saying that the Obama Administration creating DACA was "a permissible exercise of executive discretion."  The Trump Administration argued that DACA's creation was unlawful.  DACA recipients, therefore, can contine to renew status while other court challenges continue.  The Trump Administration has already asked the U.S Supreme Court to hear its challenges to DACA.

苏州体彩网-球探比分网To read the opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals, click .

September 28, 2018 -- -- US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release reminding those in the US with H-1B petitions pending for change of status and utilizing the F-1 "Cap-Gap" that the work authorization extension provided by the "Cap-Gap" extension only allows work until September 30, 2018.  As of October 1, individuals can remain in the US until a decision on the H-1B petition is made, but must stop working as of September 30, 2018. 
Individuals with cap-subject H-1B petitions pending, and utilizing the F-1 "Cap-Gap" authorization, should be in contact with their employers who filed the H-1B petition for further guidance based on the status of their H-1B petitions.  MIT graduates currently on F-1 OPT and "Cap-Gap" can be in contact with their ISO Advisor should questions arise about their F-1 status. 
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 Please read a copy of the news release .

August 9, 2018 -- -- US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has published an updated, final policy memo related to unlawful presence penalties, and how it is calculated, based on when student (F visa), exchange visitor (J visa), or vocational student (M visa) status is not maintained by visa holders in the U.S. 
View a copy of the USCIS News Release .
View a copy of the USCIS Final Policy Memorandum . 

August 8, 2018 -- -- MIT News article can be viewed ; a direct link to the New York Times Op-Ed can be viewed .

August 3, 2018 -- The Tech -- -- The July 29, 2018 issue of The Tech included an article providing an overview of MIT response to the June 26, 2018 Supreme Court decision upholding the September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation 9645 (the third version of the "Travel Ban"). 
To view a copy of the article, click .
To view an FAQ document provided to The Tech, provided by the MIT Office of General Counsel, Admissions Office, International Scholars Office, and International Students Office, click here.

The following statement was issued by MIT President, L. Rafael Reif:
"America’s research universities have been global leaders in science and engineering because they have brought together the finest talent from around the world in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and openness. That powerful dynamic has made US universities wellsprings of discovery and powerhouses of innovation, producing profound gains for the American people in terms of economic growth, health, security and quality of life.
Indeed, fulfilling MIT’s mission of service depends on our ability to bring together on our campus a dynamic global community of discovery-seekers and problem-solvers to tackle humanity’s deepest questions and most serious challenges. In this work, the skill, insight, fresh perspective and life experience of our international students and scholars are absolutely essential; they are indispensable members of our community.
I continue to be troubled by the travel ban recently upheld by the US Supreme Court because it is so much at odds with MIT’s fundamental values of fairness, equality and openness, while imposing limits not narrowly tailored to address any threat. I believe this policy undermines US economic interests, and I am deeply concerned that, well beyond the nations specified in the ban, it is discouraging brilliant young minds from around the world from seeing the United States as the right place to invest their talent and pursue their dreams.
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 As we have since the travel ban was first imposed, MIT will continue to offer support and guidance for our students and scholars affected. And we will continue to build – and welcome with open arms – a community of magnificent learners, explorers and problem-solvers from across the country and around the world."

July 30, 2018 -- -- USCIS announced that it has returned all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the random selection process (H-1B "lottery").  Individuals selected should have received a Receipt Notice from USCIS if their H-1B cap-subject petition was selected.  Students/Scholars should contact their employers to determine if their H-1B cap-subject petition was selected.  If a Receipt Notice or returned petition is not received by August 13, then the employer should contact USCIS directly.
To view the USCIS announcement, click . 

June 27, 2018 -- -- In a , the US Supreme Court upheld the most recent version of the “Travel Ban” imposed in September 2017, and modified in 2018 to include nationals of seven countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen). The full history of the travel ban and subsequent court actions can be seen on the International Students Office “Major Immigration Updates”苏州体彩网-球探比分网 and “Communications About the Travel Ban” websites. The travel ban restrictions are described below.

  • Iran: No nonimmigrant visas, except F and M student visas and J exchange visitor visas (though those individuals will be subject to enhanced screening/vetting requirements); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Libya: No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery) visas.
  • North Korea: No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Somalia: Nonimmigrant visa applications subject to heightened scrutiny/review; No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Syria: No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Venezuela: No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2) for officials of designated Venezuelan government agencies and their family members. Other visa holders are subject to verification of traveler information. No restrictions on immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Yemen: No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

To view the September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation 9645 that implemented the most recent version of the Travel Ban for which the Supreme Court ruling is based, click .  (NOTE: Nationals of Chad were removed from the travel restrictions imposed by P.P. 9645 on April 10, 2018). 

Please note that the Supreme Court decision is on the Travel Ban (travel restrictions) only, and does NOT make any changes/limitations on other benefits available to international students -- such as F-1 Curricular Practical Training, F-1 Optional Practical Training/STEM OPT Extension, or J-1 Academic Training. 

Individuals subject to travel restrictions are advised to consult with the MIT International Students Office苏州体彩网-球探比分网 (international students) or MIT (international scholars, postdocs, and faculty), for guidance before planning any travel abroad. 

May 31, 2018 -- -- The Associated Press has reported that the U.S. Department of State will limit the length of student (F, J, M) visa duration (entry visas) to be issued to nationals of China in certain fields of study by U.S. Embassies/Consulates abroad.
An article from May 30 () indicates that the changes will begin on June 11, 2018. Of note: the current maximum duration of 5 year visas will be reduced to 1 year for students in certain programs of study.
The result of this new policy would mean that in order to re-enter the U.S. affected students would need to apply more often for student entry visas following travel abroad.
At this time, no official notification or announcement has yet been released by the U.S. Department of State or the White House. The ISO will keep the MIT Community updated once guidance is issued.

April 11, 2018 -- -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it has completed its computer selection process for all H-1B cap-subject petitions it has received for the FY 2019 filing period.  USCIS will begin processing petitions and will provide guidance in the near future regarding applications not selected. 
If your employer has filed an H-1B visa petition on your behalf, please contact your Employer for information and next steps.  The MIT ISO is not able to advise on your H-1B petition, only your employer can advise you. 
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 USCIS reported that it received 190,098 cap-subject H-1B petitions, 8,902 fewer than last year. 

Please read the USCIS news release .

April 10, 2018 -- -- On April 10, 2018, a new Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) was issued which amended P.P. 9645 of September 24, 2017 (also known as Travel Ban 3.0) which imposed travel restrictions on nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.  The new P.P. removes the visa restrictions imposed on nationals of Chad by the earlier P.P.  This change will be effective at 12:01am, Eastern Daylight Time, on Friday, April 13, 2018.  All other visa restrictions outlined in remain in effect. 
Official statement from the White House on the lifting of restrictions on Chad is available and .
Presidential Proclamation 9645 can be read , and its implementation is also referenced in our December 4, 2017 posting below.

April 6, 2018 -- -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it has received more than enough applications to reach the maximum 65,000 H-1B visas, and 20,000 H-1B visas with U.S. advanced degree exemption, for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap filing season.  
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 Please note that employer's who are U.S. colleges/universities, university-affiliated research institutes, and government-affiliated research institutes are generally exempt from the H-1B Cap "Lottery", and thus applications for those eligible employers would continue to be accepted.

If your employer has filed an H-1B visa petition on your behalf, please contact your Employer for information and next steps.  The MIT ISO is not able to advise on your H-1B petition, only your employer can advise you.  If MIT is your employer and was filing an H-1B petition on your behalf, you will need to contact the .

Please read the USCIS news release .
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 Details and guidance on the H-1B Cap can be found on the .

March 30, 2018 -- -- Due to the ordered closure of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, effective, March 31, 2018, there are no longer services provided to U.S. Citizens or foreign nationals at that location.  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain open.  These closures are in response to diplomatic sanctions taken between the U.S. and Russia, and it is unclear if or when the Consulate in St. Petersburg will re-open.  Guidance to U.S. Citizens is provided on the , and foreign nationals seeking visa appointments will need to contact either the U.S. Embassy in Moscow or U.S. Consular posts in or . 
 

March 20, 2018 --
USCIS released a notification that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap starting on April 2, 2018.  They will not accept Premium Processing (expedited processing) requests for any H-1B cap-subject applications until approximately September 10, 2018. 
USCIS will continue accept Premium Processing requests for cap-exempt H-1B petitions (including employers that are colleges/universities or university-affiliated research institutes).
Please read the full news release .
Further details are also available on the

March 1, 2018 -

February 26, 2018 -- -- With this refusal, the Supreme Court it will allow the case to first continue through the normal appeals process through the U.S. Court of Appears for the 9th Circuit.  The statement from the court included ".."It is assumed that the Court of Appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide this case..." and that an appeal to the Supreme Court could be heard in the future.  The DACA program, and the protections provided to recipients, will remain in place until the multiple cases work through the courts.  This ruling also eliminates the March 5, 2018 deadline for Congress to make an action on DACA. 

February 26, 2018 -- that the U.S. Government may not revoke DACA recipients' work permits or other protections without notice. 
A copy of the ruling is available .

February 1, 2018 - White House Immigration News Release -

January 31, 2018 -

January 31, 2018 - White House issues a series of Fact Sheets on Immigration Topics:



January 25, 2018 - White House Fact Sheet --

January 22, 2018 -- -- Late on Monday evening, January 22, 2018, President Trump signed a three-week Continuing Resolution that has ended the government shutdown.  Both the Senate and House of Representatives had passed the earlier in the day.  The Continuing Resolution allows for the government to reopen through February 8, 2018 to provide time for Congress to negotiate a final budget action. 
Please check back to the "Major Immigration Updates" webpage for continual updates as the negotiations for a final budget approval will include further debates on immigration, border security, and DACA issues. 
 

January 22, 2018 -- --  With the failure of Congress passing a budget resolution by midnight on Friday evening/Saturday morning (January 20, 2018), a federal shutdown has occurred that impacts many government functions.  The following are notes to date from multiple sources of the impact of the lapse of federal funding on certain immigration-related operations:

Services that remain operational:

* - The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which oversees the F-1 and J-1 visa programs, will remain operational as they are fee-funded.  F-1 and J-1 visa document processing, and related application processing, will continue as usual. 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网* -- The will continue to accept and process visa interview appointments and applications at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad as long as filing fees are sufficient to fund operations.  Depending on the length of the shutdown and fee funding availability, DOS could announce changes to visa processing (including suspension of all processing or limiting to emergency cases only).  It will be important to consult the for your visa for continued updates on services.  continue, though some offices may be closed if located in federal buildings that are closed during the shutdown.

* announces that the lapse in funding will not affect USCIS' fee-funded activities.  USCIS offices will remain open and applicants should attend any interviews or appointments as scheduled.  Applications filed to USCIS (including F-1 OPT, F-1 STEM OPT Extension, and J-2 work permit applications) will continue to be received and adjudicated, though processing delays could occur.  Applications that require action from other government agencies will likely be impacted by the shutdown.  that outlines services that will be impacted. 

* inspection services at U.S. borders and ports of entry will remain in operation given its essential national security role.  The CBP website, however, will not be updated during the shutdown. 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网* enforcement activities and the operations of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) will continue during the shutdown.  The ICE website will not be updated during this time. 

* will still accept and process driver's license applications, but processing may face delays due to impact of Federal government agency shutdown.  The SAVE System, a federal database used to verify immigration status of applicants for driver's licenses, will remain in operation during the shutdown. 

Services that will/have shut down:

* services will be impacted by the shutdown, including that its "website will not be updated due to the suspension of Federal government services."  DOL functions including PERM, Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), temporary labor certification or prevailing wage determination requests are NOT operational or being accepted during the shutdown (which impacts H-1B and Permanent Residency petitions, among others). 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网* will not process applications for Social Security Numbers or replacement SSN cards during the shutdown, which could delay applications for benefits including driver's license applications and certain bank accounts.  A list of services impacted are available on the and copy of the SSA contingency plan is available . 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网*:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify system will be taken offline during the shutdown, as its reauthorization was part of the federal budget being considered by Congress. Employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts, initiate E-Verify queries or resolve tentative non-confirmations, or meet other E-Verify deadlines, during the shutdown.  Employers continue to be required to fulfill all Form I-9 obligations and should not take adverse action against an employee where employment eligibility verification cannot be confirmed in E-Verify due to the shutdown.

We will continue to update this webpage as we receive updates from budget negotiations in Congress to end the shutdown. 
 

January 18, 2018 -- -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador effective September 9, 2019.  USCIS also announced procedures for nationals of El Salvador with current TPS, that want to maintain their status through the effective termination date, must re-register between January 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. 

Please consult the and . 
 

January 18, 2018 -- -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti effective July 2, 2019.  USCIS also announced procedures for nationals of Haiti with current TPS, that want to maintain their status through the effective termination date, must re-register between January 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. 

Please consult the and . 
 

January 16, 2018 -- .

January 13, 2018 -- -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a notice in response to the federal court order issued to temporarily block the ending of the DACA program.  USCIS has indicated it has resumed accepting applications to renew a grant of deferred acation under DACA.
Please read the full notice from USCIS that is available on the . 

January 9, 2018 -- -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California has issued an temporary order that will block the ending of the DACA program by the Trump Administration.  DACA was scheduled to expire on March 5, 2018.   This ruling will likely face additional appeals by the Trump Administration, so we will continue to update this webpage with an new information we receive it. 

Read a copy of the ruling in The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security .
 

January 4, 2018 -- USCBP Issues Directive on Border Searches of Electronic Devices苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) just circulated a copy of a directive from US Customs and Border Protection regarding procedures for conducting searches at borders/ports-of-entry of electronic devices.  Please find attached a copy of the directive.

In recent months, there has been heightened practice at ports-of-entry to do searches of computers, cellphones, tablets, social media accounts etc. by CBP Officers, where they ask individuals to open their devices and login to social media accounts for review.   Requests for access to social media accounts is also happening with certain visa interviews at US Embassies/Consulates abroad. 

Read a copy of the Directive here.

January 31, 2018 - - USDHS announced that in cooperation with the US Department of State the implmentation of visa sanctions on certain categories of visa applicants who are nationals of Ghana.  Students and Scholars from Ghana are advised to check the US Embassy/Consulate website in Ghana before planning any travel and applying for a US visa to confirm limitations on any student/scholar visa categories.
To read the full press release, click .   

December 28, 2017 -- -- On December 28, both the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC issued statements indicating the full resumption of visa services for nationals of both countries.
A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is available .
A statement from the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC is available .
Both Turkish nationals applying for U.S. visas, and U.S. nationals applying for visas to Turkey, should consult the appropriate embassy/consulate website to confirm visa application procedures.
 

December 8, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- On the evening of December 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of State posted on its guidance and frequently asked questions concerning the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow the travel restrictions enacted through the Presidential Proclamation issued on September 24, 2017 to go into effect while court appeals continue.

To read the guidance, please visit the posting on .
 

December 4, 2017 -- U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Travel Ban – Travel Restrictions Implemented in Full While Appeals Are Pending
On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling staying preliminary injunctions issued by U.S. District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland that had partially blocked the third version of the travel ban.  A copy of the stay granted by the Supreme Court is available (for the case pending with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland) and (for the case pending with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).
 
This ruling allows the travel ban ( issued on September 24, 2017) to go fully into effect while the legal challenges against it continue.
 
A link to a summary on the Presidential Proclamation, issued on September 24, 2017, and links to related resources, is available on the “Major Immigration Updates” page (see entry on September 24, 2017):
http://hengshengchuye.cn/immigration/imm_updates.shtml

苏州体彩网-球探比分网Please read the Questions and Answers (link below on MIT International Scholars Office website), in order to understand what the Supreme Court has allowed to go into effect: 

Again, individuals subject to travel restrictions are advised to consult with the MIT International Students Office (international students) or (international scholars, postdocs, faculty), for guidance before planning any travel abroad.
 
A summary of the restrictions from the Presidential Proclamation are as follows:
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 * Nationals of all eight designated countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen) are subject to country-specific travel restrictions, unless exempt or granted a waiver, as described below;

*Nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. are subject to the restrictions and limitations;
 
*Visa appointments at U.S. Consulates will not be canceled for foreign nationals subject to restrictions based on the Proclamation, and new interviews can be scheduled. During visa interviews, consular officers will determine whether those applicants qualify for an exemption or waiver.
 
Under this new [Section 2], certain nationals of the eight designated countries are subject to travel restrictions as summarized below unless exempted or if granted a waiver:
 
Chad:  No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
Iran:  No nonimmigrant visas, except F and M student visas and J exchange visitor visas (though those individuals will be subject to enhanced screening/vetting requirements); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
Libya:  No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery) visas.
 
North Korea:  No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
Somalia:  Nonimmigrant visa applications subject to heightened scrutiny/review; No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
Syria:  No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
Venezuela:  No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2) for officials of designated Venezuelan government agencies and their family members.  Other visa holders are subject to verification of traveler information.  No restrictions on immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
Yemen:   No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
 
The MIT “Major Immigration Updates” website will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
 

November 13, 2017 -- -- The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an Emergency Motion to Stay the ruling of the district court that barred the implmentation of the Presidential Proclamation ("travel ban") issued on September 24, 2017. This Emergency Stay will remain in effect until December 6, 2017, when the 9th Circuit will hear arguments of the federal government's appeal of the lower court ruling in Hawaii that had effectively blocked the travel ban instituted by the Presidential Proclamation.
This decision allows the federal government to impose travel restrictions to the U.S. by nationals of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad who do not have a "bona fide connection to the United States". Nationals of North Korea and Government Officials/Family members of Government Officials of Venezuela, who were designated as subject to the travel ban issued on September 24, remain subject to the travel ban.
Updates will be provided to this webpage following the Trump Administration appeals that will be heard on December 6 in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Hawaii) and on December 8 in the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (Maryland).

November 9, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- Effective November 9, the Trump Administration has issued new rules that limit travel to and trade with Cuba. Published in the are a follow up to a ". For U.S. Citizens, indiviual tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited, while nonacademic educational travel is only allowed through a tour group licensed by the U.S Treasury Department. While non-U.S. Citizens traveling to Cuba are not subject to the same restrictions, such travelers can face additional questions at port-of-entry upon return to the U.S. about the nature of their travel. International students and scholars should consult with the MIT International Students and MIT International Scholars Office in advance of any travel to Cuba.

November 7, 2017 -- -- The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey have resumed issuance of nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens on a limited basis, with updates on the procedures available on the . The Turkish Government has similarly announced it will process visas for U.S. Citizens at its Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.

November 2, 2017 -- (MIT News Office)

October 23, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- In USCIS' new policy memo, it advises its adjudicators that they can and should review the basis of any initial granting of an employment visa status when adjudicating an application for extension of that status. Past practice on review of extension petitions focused only on any significant changes to the previously approved petition or any instances of material error or fraud. This could impact processing times for many employment visa petitions (such as H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1), and may result in an increasing volume of Requests for Evidence (RFE) being issued by USCIS before adjudicating the petitions. Be sure to work closely with your employer to insure proper filing of petitions and planning for longer processing times.

October 18, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- On October 17, 2017, a federal judge blocked, via a temporary restraining order, the implementation of the , signed on September 24, 2017. The Proclamation was due to take effect on October 18, and created new travel restrictions on nationals of eight countries. See our prior announcement and summary of the Proclamation below (dated September 24, 2017).  The judge’s ruling blocks implementation of the ban on nationals from all but two countries (North Korea and Venezuela). We anticipate that U.S. Consulates and border officials will be given guidance about appropriate processes and procedures following this court decision and we will post updates on this site as information becomes available.  In addition, the government has stated that it and we anticipate future court rulings may affect this decision.  We will keep you updated about the results of any appeal.

Individuals from countries designated in the Presidential Proclamation, who do not have current valid visas for return to the US, are advised to exercise caution when planning any travel, and encouraged to meet with their advisor at the MIT International Students Office or MIT International Scholars Office prior to finalizing any travel plans abroad. 

All international students and scholars, even from countries not designated in the Proclamation, are advised that any visa application at a US Embassy/Consulate will likely face heightened scrutiny and processing times may be impacted.

To view a copy of the temporary restraining order issued by U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, click .

苏州体彩网-球探比分网Statement from U.S. Department of Homeland Security on planned appeal of judge's decision, click .

October 9, 2017 -- -- On October 9, 2017, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey posted a statement and video to the U.S. Embassy in Turkey website notifying of the suspension of visa services to Turkish nationals at all U.S. Consulates in Turkey until further notice. The following are the key points communicated:
(1) The suspension applies to “consideration of new visa applications” at U.S. Embassy/Consulates in Turkey.
(2) The suspension of visa services “is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens”. Individuals who hold currently valid U.S. visas in their passports are eligible to continue to travel and enter the U.S. within the validity dates of the visa for the appropriate visa status.
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 (3) Turkish nationals are eligible to apply for a new visa at a U.S. Consulate outside of Turkey during this time.

苏州体彩网-球探比分网A copy of the Ambassador’s written and video statement is available .

苏州体彩网-球探比分网It is important to note that Turkey has also similarly suspended visa services to U.S. Citizens seeking visas to Turkey. has been posted on the U.S. Embassy in Turkey website.

苏州体彩网-球探比分网We will be sure to update you if additional information is provided by the U.S. Department of State.

If you have any questions, or have been considering travel outside the US, or entry to the US, in the near future, please contact your ISO Advisor.

October 3, 2017 --

September 24, 2017 – – On September 24, the White House released a Presidential Proclamation that created new travel restrictions on specific nationals of 8 countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  These travel restrictions are the result of a U.S. government review of visa issuance and security procedures undertaken as a result of the previous Executive Order 13780 issued on March 6, 2017. 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网The designations have been based upon many factors outlined in the Proclamation, including, among other security factors, the failure of the countries to (1) provide sufficient exchange of information on its nationals in visa procedures to determine if they pose national security threats to the U.S., (2) meet established standards for identity documentation, and (3) receive from the U.S. their nationals who are designated for deportation. 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网Please read a copy of the Proclamation .

Individuals subject to travel restrictions are advised to consult with the MIT International Students Office苏州体彩网-球探比分网 (international students) or (international scholars, postdocs, faculty), for guidance before planning any travel abroad. 

Effective on September 24, 2017 (3:30pm Eastern Daylight Time):

苏州体彩网-球探比分网* Nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen are subject to restrictions if they were covered by the previous Executive Order/travel ban, unless they have a bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States, are eligible for an exemption, or are granted a waiver. 

苏州体彩网-球探比分网* Nationals of Sudan are no longer subject to restrictions.

Effective beginning on October 18, 2017:

* Nationals of all eight designated countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen) are subject to country-specific travel restrictions, unless exempt or granted a waiver, as described below;

*Nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. are subject to the restrictions and limitations;

苏州体彩网-球探比分网*Visa appointments at U.S. Consulates will not be canceled for foreign nationals subject to restrictions based on the Proclamation. During visa interviews, consular officers will determine whether those applicants qualify for an exemption or waiver.

Under this new [Section 2], certain nationals of the eight designated countries are subject to travel restrictions as summarized below unless exempted or if granted a waiver:

Chad苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

Iran:  No nonimmigrant visas, except F and M student visas and J exchange visitor visas (though those individuals will be subject to enhanced screening/vetting requirements); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

Libya:  No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery) visas.

North Korea苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.

Somalia苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  Nonimmigrant visa applications subject to heightened scrutiny/review; No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

Syria:  No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.

Venezuela苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2) for officials of designated Venezuelan government agencies and their family members.  Other visa holders are subject to verification of traveler information.  No restrictions on immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

Yemen:   No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

The Proclamation also provided the following updates on two countries designated by the previous Executive Order:

Iraq:  Nationals of Iraq are no longer subject to travel restrictions, but will be subject to additional scrutiny/review when applying for U.S. visas at U.S. Consulates and upon entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Sudan苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  Has been removed from list of countries subject to travel restrictions, but will be subject to additional scrutiny/review when applying for U.S. visas at U.S. Consulates and at ports-of-entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

The following foreign nationals are NOT subject to the travel restrictions set forth by the [Section 3(a)-(b)]:
* U.S. lawful permanent residents;
* Dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-restricted country;
* Foreign nationals who were in the United States on the applicable effective date, regardless of their immigration status (can remain in the U.S. but would face difficulty returning to U.S. if they do not already have a valid visa in their passport);
* Foreign nationals who have a valid visa on the applicable effective date (can still enter the U.S. from abroad);
* Foreign nationals admitted or paroled into the United States on or after the applicable effective date;
* Any foreign national who has a document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document) that is valid on the applicable effective date or issued thereafter, that permits them to travel to the U.S. and seek entry or admission;
* Foreign nationals traveling on a diplomatic/diplomatic-type visa, NATO, C-2, G-1, G-2, G-3 or G-4 visa (except certain Venezuelan government officials and their family members travelling on diplomatic type B-1, B-2, or B1/B2 visas);
* Any foreign national who has been granted asylum by the United States;
* Any refugee who has been admitted to the United States; and
* Any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole or protection under the Convention Against Torture.

While the Proclamation outlines that waivers [Section 3(c)] to visa issuance under these new restrictions will be considered on a case-by-case basis at time of visa application at U.S. Consulates, there are no guarantees that such waivers will be granted.  Some examples of cases that may be considered relevant to international students and scholars, include (please see for full list):
* “(A)  the foreign national has previously been admitted to the United States for a continuous period of work, study, or other long-term activity, is outside the United States on the applicable effective date under section 7 of this proclamation, seeks to reenter the United States to resume that activity, and the denial of reentry would impair that activity;”
* “(B)  the foreign national has previously established significant contacts with the United States but is outside the United States on the applicable effective date under section 7 of this proclamation for work, study, or other lawful activity;”
* “(C)  the foreign national seeks to enter the United States for significant business or professional obligations and the denial of entry would impair those obligations;”
* “(D)  the foreign national seeks to enter the United States to visit or reside with a close family member (e.g., a spouse, child, or parent) who is a United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, or alien lawfully admitted on a valid nonimmigrant visa, and the denial of entry would cause the foreign national undue hardship;”
* “(I)  the foreign national is traveling as a United States Government-sponsored exchange visitor;”

苏州体彩网-球探比分网The Proclamation also states that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will conduct periodic reviews of all countries to determine if current restrictions will be continued, modified, or terminated, and if additional countries will face travel restrictions.  The restrictions will remain in place unless and until such a determination is made.

Again, individuals subject to travel restrictions are advised to consult with the MIT International Students Office苏州体彩网-球探比分网 (international students) or (international scholars, postdocs, faculty), for guidance before planning any travel abroad. 

The “Major Immigration Updates”苏州体彩网-球探比分网 website will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. 

Additional Resources:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases
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White House Press Releases
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 * September 24, 2017 - September 24, 2017 - September 24, 2017 -

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
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September 13, 2017 -- -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State (USDOS), announced that visa processing will be halted in Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone until it is determined that these countries are "accepting the repatriation of their citizens to the satisfaction of the United States."  Authority is provided under the .  The announcement indicates that USDOS can change covered visa categories as warranted at any time.  The announced sanctions, effective September 13, 2017, are as follows: 

Cambodia苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has discontinued the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure) for Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees, with the rank of Director General and above, and their families.

Eritrea:  The U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea has discontinued the issuance of all B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure).

Guinea苏州体彩网-球探比分网:  The United States Embassy in Conakry, Guinea has discontinued the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure), and F, J, and M visas (temporary visitors for student and exchange programs) to Guinean government officials and their immediate family members. 

Sierra Leone:  The United States Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone has discontinued the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure) to Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and immigration officials.

Please read a copy of the of September 13, 2017. 
 

September 11, 2017 -- -- On September 11, 2017, just days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that certain classes of refugees would be exempt from the ban on entry to the U.S. if the refugee "have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program ("USRAP") through the Lautenberg Amendment", the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the 9th Circuit's ruling. This will allow for the "travel ban" to remain in place even for those refugees that have the "formal assurances" relationship with the resettlement agencies in the U.S. The Supreme Court plans to hear arguments on the full Executive Order/"travel ban" case (Trump v. Hawaii, et al.) when it reconvenes in early October.

To view a copy of the Supreme Court's Order (No. 17A275), click .

September 7, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- On September 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued an opinion that modified the preliminary injunction on Executive Order 13780 that affirms the broader definition of "close relationship to a U.S. person" to include "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of persones in the U.S." Individuals from the 6 designated countries (Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen) with these familial relationships would now be exempt from the ban of entry to the U.S. as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. The Court's ruling also indicates that certain classes of refugees would also be exempt from the ban of entry to the U.S. if the refugee "have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program ("USRAP") through the Lautenberg Amendment."

A copy of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion is available .

A link to a history of the filings with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the Hawaii v. Trump, Modification of Injunction Appeal ("Travel Ban") 17-16426 is available .

September 5, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration will be rescinding the Presidential Memorandum issued by former President Obama that established Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In the official announcement, President Trump stated that the effective date of rescission will be in 6 months (March 5, 2018), providing time for Congress to enact legislation to determine the future of the DACA program.

For the official announcement from the White House, click .
Read an additional statement from President Trump .

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MIT International Students Office (ISO) Notices/Resources

  • April 13, 2017 - MIT Community Briefing On Immigration Laws and Policies -- from 5:00pm-6:30pm in 4-270
    The Community Briefing, co-sponsored by the and the Offices of the Chancellor and General Counsel, will present the community with an opportunity to hear from MIT’s Vice President and General Counsel Mark DiVincenzo and nationally-recognized immigration attorney Dan Berger about today’s immigration landscape. ISO Associate Dean and Director, David C. Elwell, will also be on hand along with other staff who support international students and scholars. Please RSVP , where you can also submit general questions and comments about immigration issues (please note panelists will not be able to address questions pertaining to specific individual cases).
  • March 7, 2017 -
  • February 23, 2017 - Statements by the White House indicate that the new Executive Orders regarding travel ban and visa restrictions will be released the week of February 27.
  • February 17, 2017 -
  • February 6, 2017 - (as of February 5, 2017)
  • January 28, 2017 - Update on Executive Order regarding entry ban to the U.S. for individuals from certain countries
  • January 27, 2017 - Travel Alert regarding prospective Executive Order
  • January 25, 2017 - Awaiting announcements of Executive Orders on immigration/visa issues
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Presidential Executive Orders (Official)

  • June 14, 2017 -- -- President Trump issued a memorandum today indicating that the effective date for Executive Order 13780, which included the 'Travel Ban' will go into effect "within 72 hours" after the current court injunctions are lifted. This announcement comes as the White House and U.S. Department of Justice await a decision from the Supreme Court if it will hear the case and allow the travel ban to be implemented in the interim period before the Supreme Court would officially hear the case.
    If a decision is made by the Supreme Court to lift the injunctions, additional guidance will be needed from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on implementation timelines and procedures.
    The ISO will update this webpage once additional information is available.
     
  • April 18, 2017 -- -- The White House issued a new Executive Order that calls for reforms of the H-1B visa and other employment-based immigration programs. The Executive Order directs a comprehensive review of the employment-based visa programs to be undertaken by the appropriate government agencies and to propose recommendations for revisions to program rules and guidance. Recommendations will likely include tougher eligibility criteria for the H-1B visa, ways to replace the H-1B lottery system, and heightened immigration enforcement to prevent fraud and abuse of the U.S. immigration system. Please click to read the full text of the Executive Order.
     
  • March 6 2017 --
    • Applies to foreign nationals currently outside of the U.S. who do NOT have a valid visa issued by a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad.
    •The Order suspends the issuance of any new immigrant or nonimmigrant visas to a citizen or national of 6 countries – Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen – for 90 days.  Iraq is no longer included in the list of countries impacted by the Order, but may face enhanced security screening and visa processing times.
    •The Order does NOT apply to individuals of these 6 countries with valid visas in their passports issued by a US Consulate abroad.  While the previous Order of January 27 provisionally revoked valid visas, this new Order confirms that the valid visas are no longer considered revoked and are valid for entry to the U.S. for the period of the visa.

    •The Order does NOT apply to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents (individuals who hold Green Cards, but not those with pending applications for U.S. Permanent Residency with USCIS), individuals granted Asylum, or an individual already admitted to the U.S. as a Refugee.
    •Dual nationals (individuals who hold a valid passport in one of the 6 designated countries and a passport issued by another country that is not one of the 6 designated countries) are NOT subject to the entry restrictions of the Order if they are traveling to the U.S. on their passport issued by the non-designated country.
    •Waivers on the suspension of entry (or obtaining a new visa) to the U.S. may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  We look forward to receiving more guidance on the process to request such Waivers and if it will be applicable to our international students.
    •Mandates the development of a new screening program; rescinds the visa interview waiver -- all visa applications now require an in-person interview at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad.
    • Refugee Program is suspended for 120 days.
    • Maximum of 50,000 refugees would be allowed to enter the US in FY 2017.
    • Reduces by half the number of allowed refugee admissions - capped at 50,000.
    • Mandates the expedited completion of the biometric entry-exit tracking system.
    • Mandates a review of all the visa reciprocity agreements to ensure actual reciprocity of benefits.

  • March 6, 2017 --
     
  • January 27, 2017 --
    Provisions include:                                                                                 
    • Directs DHS and State to review info needed from any country to adjudicate a visa, and to ensure that the applicant is who they say they are, and has no harmful intentions to the US. Report to the President any country that does not provide required information, and ban citizens of that country form entering the U.S. (Within 90 days).
    • Both immigrant and non-immigrant entry to the U.S is suspended for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. This ban maybe extended based on the first provision above.
    • Mandates the development of a new screening program; rescinds the visa interview waiver -- all visa applications now require an in-person interview.
    • Refugee Program is suspended for 120 days. After that, admission will be prioritized for regions-based prosecution. The person's religion must be a minority religion in their country.
    • Bans all refugee admissions for citizens of Syria.
    • Reduces by half the number of allowed refugee admissions - capped at 50,000.
    • Mandates the expedited completion of the biometric entry-exit tracking system.
    • Mandates a review of all the visa reciprocity agreements to ensure actual reciprocity of benefits.
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Court Cases / Guidance

To view a copy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii Temporary Restraining Order, click .

苏州体彩网-球探比分网To view a copy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Memorandum Opinion, click ; and to view the Temporary Restraining Order, click .

  • September 7, 2017 -- -- On September 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued an opinion that modified the preliminary injunction on Executive Order 13780 that affirms the broader definition of "close relationship to a U.S. person" to include "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of persones in the U.S." Individuals from the 6 designated countries (Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen) with these familial relationships would now be exempt from the ban of entry to the U.S. as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. The Court's ruling also indicates that certain classes of refugees would also be exempt from the ban of entry to the U.S. if the refugee "have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program ("USRAP") through the Lautenberg Amendment."

    A copy of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion is available .

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网A link to a history of the filings with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the Hawaii v. Trump, Modification of Injunction Appeal ("Travel Ban") 17-16426 is available .

  • June 26, 2017 -- -- The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling today that places a stay on lower court injunctions that prevented implementation of the March 6, 2017 Executive Order that included a travel/entry ban on individuals from 6 designated countries. This ruling will allow for components of the travel ban to go into effect until the Court will hear the case during its session in Fall 2017.
    苏州体彩网-球探比分网 We are awaiting additional details from the White House, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security regarding implementation and timeline. This website will be updated soon with additional information.

    To view a copy of the Supreme Court ruling, click .

  • June 12, 2017 -- -- On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a ruling that upholds the injunction from a lower court (State of Hawaii v. Trump) that prevents implementation of the entry ban on individuals entering the U.S. from Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, as well as all refugees.

    A copy of the Court’s opinion is available .

    Of additional note, the Court did vacate part of the injunction that prohibited the Federal government from conducting a review of U.S. visa application procedures and security check policies at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.  The Court affirmed that the Federal government does have such authority to conduct such reviews. 

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网The impact of the 9th Circuit’s decision is that, as of now, the Entry Ban is not being enforced and foreign nationals who were the subject of the proposed elements of the Executive Order are still eligible to apply for visas at U.S. Embassies/Consulates abroad and enter the U.S. as long as they are otherwise eligible to enter the U.S.

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网The Trump Administration has filed a request to the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the injunction in this case, and in a case filed in Maryland, regarding the Executive Order of March 6, 2017.  We will be sure to provide updates once we hear if the Supreme Court will decide to hear this case. 

    The ISO does recommend that any student from one of the 6 designated countries (Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen) to meet with your ISO Advisor before considering any plans of travel outside the U.S. or returning to the U.S.

  • June 1, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- Trump Administration files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Executive Order Injunction -- Notification of the action by the Trump Administration was made in a number of news reports. Links to official documentation will be provided to this site soon.

  • May 25, 2017 -- -- On May 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Maryland declined to reinstate the components of the Executive Order of March 6, 2017 that would prevent entry to the U.S., and bar to apply for visas to the U.S., for 90 days for individuals from 6 designated countries (Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen).  The Executive Order also would have suspended entry for 120 days of all refugees unless they qualified for a waiver to the suspension. 

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网A copy of the Court's opinion is available .

    This ruling means that individuals from the 6 designated countries are eligible to apply for visas at U.S. Embassies/Consulates abroad and enter the U.S., as long as they are otherwise admissible to the U.S.

    It is important to note that another appeal by the Trump Administration to reinstate the Executive Order is pending review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.  A ruling from the 9th Circuit is expected within the next month. 
    苏州体彩网-球探比分网 We will be sure to provide an update once we receive any updates. 

    The ISO does recommend that any student from one of the 6 designated countries (Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen) to meet with your ISO Advisor before considering any plans of travel outside the U.S. or returning to the U.S.
     

  • March 16, 2017 – Two federal courts have issued orders blocking enforcement of the travel ban in the second Executive Order on immigration issued by President Trump on March 6, 2017. The court orders apply nationwide and prohibit the Trump Administration from acting on the portions of the March 6 Executive Order that would have barred entry into the U.S. of nationals of six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – for 90 days. Because these court rulings will be subject to additional court review, members of the MIT community from those six countries are encouraged to consult with the International Students Office or International Scholars Office before traveling outside the U.S.

  • March 15, 2017 - against the Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017.
  • March 15, 2017 - U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and agains the Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017.
  • February 9, 2017 - that the Temporary Restraining Order against the travel ban instituted by the Executive Order remains in place. Additional appeals are expected.
  • February 3, 2017 -- Court Order suspending implementation of Executive Order -- [PDF]
  • February 3, 2017 -- Denial of Extension of Temporary Restraining Order issued by U.S. District Court of Massachusetts; restraining order to expire on February 5, 2017.
  • February 2, 2017 -- Temporary Restraining Order [PDF] issued by U.S. District Court of Massachusetts to provide temporary stay in visa revocation and entry ban to Massachusetts, valid until February 5, 2017.
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Guidance

USDHS oversees all immigration related functions and regulatory implementation within the U.S., including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS), and the U.S. Border Patrol.

  • April 3, 2017 -- US Department of Homeland Security, in a motion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (in the case of Save Jobs USA v. DHS), have indicated DHS' intention to review the H-4 visa employment authorization document program. H-4 spouses can still apply for work permission if eligible, but the DHS review may lead to changes in or termination of the H-4 employment authorization document program.
     
  • March 21, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网– U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted on its news webpage a Q&A regarding new security procedures at certain airports abroad, titled “.”

    The statement from DHS indicates that, under this directive, “all passengers flying through and from these locations (to the U.S.) will have to place electronic devices that are larger than a cell phone/smart phone in their checked bags regardless of the passenger’s citizenship.”  DHS states that airlines have been notified that they have 96 hours from March 21 to implement these new measures (by 8:00am on March 25, 2017).  These security measures, according to the DHS posting, will be in effect indefinitely and subject to review and evaluation based on intelligence resources, and the statement does not rule out adding additional airports to the current list of 10 airports. 

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网These new measures will affect passengers flying to the U.S. from one of the 10 airports listed below:

    Jordan: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
    Egypt: Cairo International Airport (CAI)
    Turkey: Ataturk International Airport (IST) 
    Saudi Arabia: King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah
    Saudi Arabia: King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh
    Kuwait: Kuwait International Airport (KWI) 
    Morocco: Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
    Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) 
    United Arab Emirates: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
    苏州体彩网-球探比分网 United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

    The is a helpful resource, so we encourage our international community to read the announcement in its entirety.

     The ISO will continue to provide updates on the as we receive additional information. 

  • February 20, 2017 -- USDHS has released two Implementation Memos to DHS staff providing guidance related to the recent Executive Orders on border security and enforcement of immigration laws. The two memos can be accessed on the :
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  • February 3, 2017 --
    USDHS has suspended an actions implementing portions of the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” in accordance to recent court ruling. DHS Press Release – Statement on Compliance with Recent Court Order
  • January 29, 2017 -- USDHS issued both a from DHS Secretary John Kelly and a that provides confirmation that U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) are not subject to the entry restriction under the Executive Order. Permanent Residents are advised, however, to speak with their immigration attorney to clarify any issues prior to any travel outside of the U.S.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Guidance

Processes immigration benefit applications at USCIS Service Centers within the U.S.; including change of status applications, F-1 Optional Practical Training, J-2 work permission, and H-1B petitions.

  • April 17, 2017 -- - USCIS announced that, as of April 7, 2017, they have received enough H-1B petitions to fulfill the H-1B cap for the Fiscal Year 2018. USCIS announced that they received over 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period and have completed the computer-generated random selction process (lottery) to confirm a sufficient number of petitions have been received. To read the full release, please click .
    (Please note that the cap-subject filings do not apply to employers who are colleges/universities, university-affiliated research institutes, or government-affiliated research institutes)
    If you have an employer who filed an H-1B petition on your behalf, it will be important to be in contact with your employer to guide you as they await notification if your petition has been selected by USCIS.
  • April 7, 2017 -- -- USCIS announces that they have received sufficient H-1B petitions to meet the maximum number of H-1B visas available for FY 2018.
  • April 3, 2017 -- -- USCIS announced today in a news release that it will engage in additional targeted visits to H-1B petitioners and the worksites of H-1B employees to investigate and prevent "fraud and abuse" of the H-1B visa program. It also announced a new email address for the public to report potential abuses or violations of the H-1B visa.
  • March 31, 2017 -- USCIS issues rescinding guidance memo on H-1B visas for computer-related positions. This memo would lead to more strict review of H-1B petitions filed for positions that are for computer/computer programming positions. Individuals should be in contact with their employers/immigration attorneys for more guidance on how this may impact their H-1B petition filing.

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  • March 3, 2017 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that , starting on April 3, 2017. This will apply to all H-1B petitions, cap-subject and cap-exempt. Individuals whose employers will be filing H-1B petitions on their behalf should be in contact with their employers (human resources offices or immigration attorney handling their visa applications) for guidance on how this may impact your H-1B petitions.
  • February 3, 2017 -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Implementation of January 27 Executive Order [PDF]
    USCIS has announced, counter to previous reports in the press, that there is no current “hold” on processing applications for immigration benefits filed with USCIS that does not “directly confer travel authorization” (including change of status (I-539), F-1 Optional Practical Training (I-765), J-2 work permission (I-765), H-1B petitions (I-539), etc.). Applications can be filed with USCIS, receipted, and processed.  Please note that the status of application processing could change at any time in response to pending court decisions.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Guidance

Oversees all ports-of-entry to the U.S., including international airports and land crossings

  • February 1, 2017 -- USCBP on action related to Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. Includes a Frequently Asked Questions section about the Executive Order.
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U.S. Department of State (USDOS) Guidance

Oversees U.S. Embassies and Consulates Abroad

  • August 23, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- - On August 21, 2017, the US Department of State announced that it is suspending U.S. nonimmigrant visa operations at all U.S. Embassy/Consulate posts in Russia from August 23 to August 31, due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia.

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网Beginning September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will resume but will be conducted only at the US Embassy in Moscow.

    An additional notation in the announcement informs that applications for U.S. nonimmigrant visas from residents of Belarus will no longer be accepted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow or U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. Residents of Belarus will need to schedule visa interviews at either the U.S Embassy in Warsaw (Poland), Kyiv (Ukraine), or Vilnius (Lithuania).

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网 For more information, please see the US Department of State’s Fact Sheet .

    Anyone planning to travel to Russia who would need a new visa to return to the U.S. should contact the MIT International Students Office (all students) or the MIT International Scholars Office (international faculty, researchers, scholars, postdocs) as soon as possible.

    It is unknown at this time when nonimmigrant processing at other consular locations will resume. Please monitor the U.S. Embassy website and this website for developments.

    June 30, 2017苏州体彩网-球探比分网 -- -- According to a copy of the U.S. Department of State Cable obtained and posted by Reuters, the Executive Order travel ban impacting individuals from 6 designated countries (Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen) went into effect worldwide on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The implementation takes into account the , and will be in effect until the Supreme Court hears the full case in its next judicial session (which begins in October 2017).

    Key provisions of the implementation include:
    *Does NOT apply to: U.S. Citizens; U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders); individuals who are not nationals of the 6 designated countries; dual nationals traveling on a passport and visa documentation from a country other than the 6 designated countries; individuals current in the U.S.
    *Does NOT apply to individuals with existing valid visas to the U.S. issued by a U.S. Embassy/Consulate (no visa revocation was implemented)
    *U.S. Embassies/Consulates will continue to schedule visa interviews and proces visa applications for individuals from the 6 designated countries who have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S."苏州体彩网-球探比分网 This would include individuals who are admitted to and/or attending an academic program at MIT on an F-1 or J-1 visa (and their F-2 and J-2 visa dependents), as well as individuals with approved authorization for post-degree-completion F-1 OPT and J-1 Academic Training with a valid job offer with a U.S. entity for the training.

    The ISO has issued a letter to all international students, including newly admitted students, current students, and individuals on authorized post-degree-completion F-1 OPT and J-1 Academic Training, to provide further information. A copy of the ISO letter can be read here.

    Individuals from the 6 designated countries are advised to contact their ISO Advisor苏州体彩网-球探比分网 if they are planning any travel outside the U.S. and will be needing to apply for a new vias at a U.S. Consulate abroad. If any student has any questions about travel and the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling and the Executive Order, they are also advised to contact the ISO.

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网A copy of the U.S. Department of State unclassified cable, posted by Reuters, is available .

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has posted a "Frequently Asked Questions" page (dated June 29, 2017) on the Executive Order/travel ban to its website .

    Additional information provided by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available. Please be sure to check back to this webpage often.

    June 2, 2017 -- U.S. Department of State Adding Additional Visa Application Questions for Security Vetting Procedures
    苏州体彩网-球探比分网 On June 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of State provided to Consular Officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad guidance on additional questions that could be asked to provide clarification on security issues in order to make a decision on the visa application.  The new visa questions are not required of all visa applicants, but the Consular officer has discretion to request the additional information to assist in processing the visa application.  It is understood that factors including country of citizenship/residence/birth, area of study or research (such as STEM fields), travel history, and other security considerations will influence if the additional information will be requested.

    The initial implementation of these visa questions are part of new vetting initiatives for the next 6 months, but can be extended.  Additional questions may include:
    * Social media account information, email addresses, and phone numbers of the applicant for the past 5 years;
    * All previous passport numbers;
    * Residential addresses, Employment history, and Travel history (including funding source for the travel) for the past 15 years;
    * Names of all children, siblings, and current and former spouses.

    A sample of the has been posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. 

    An unclassified copy of the State Department memo to US Embassies/Consulates can be viewed here.

    苏州体彩网-球探比分网As has been recommended in previous communications from the ISO, students are advised to provide as much time as possible for U.S. Embassies/Consulates to process your visa applications, and that visa applicants should expect longer processing times at all U.S. Embassy/Consulate posts.  Further details are available on the where you would apply for a new visa while abroad.  

  • February 4, 2017 --       Based on U.S. District Court in the State of Washington order, the provisional revocation on visas issued to individuals from 7 countries designated in Executive Order is lifted and individual eligible to travel to the U.S. if otherwise eligible.
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Draft Executive Orders (Unofficial)

ISO is aware of a number of links to prospective Draft Executive Orders that have been widely reported in the press and verified by other sources as unofficial drafts leaked to the press. These are NOT official documents and they have NOT苏州体彩网-球探比分网 been enacted. Given the discussion in public forums on this document, the ISO is making the link to the document available to view actual document wording. ISO will be sure to notify MIT International Students as official documentation becomes available on any new Executive Orders that are signed and official.

*UNOFFICIAL DRAFT (released by press only - Vox.com and addressed in other media outlets) - January 23, 2017 -
苏州体彩网-球探比分网 Draft includes reference to review of all employment visas and visa categories with employment benefits. After review, as indicated any recommended regulatory changes must go through the normal government rulemaking process - official publication of proposed rule, public comment period, review by the Office of Management and Budget, publishing of revised proposed rule, publication of final rule and implementation/effective date.

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DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

  • September 5, 2017 --
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Letters/News from MIT

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Other MIT Resources

  • MIT International Scholars Office ()
    For MIT International Visiting Scholars/Faculty/Researchers/ Postdocs

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Other Resources

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators –  *                                          *
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