The subsequent e-mail was sent to the MIT local community now from MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

To the customers of the MIT community,

On Monday, in a surprising advancement, a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it will not allow worldwide college students on F-1 visas to just take a entire on-line program load this drop though learning in the United States. As I wrote yesterday, this ruling has likely critical implications for MIT’s international college students and people enrolled at institutions throughout the country.

This morning, in response, MIT and Harvard jointly submitted match versus ICE and the US Division of Homeland Safety in federal court docket in Massachusetts. In the lawsuit, we talk to the court to stop ICE and DHS from enforcing the new advice and to declare it unlawful.

The announcement disrupts our international students’ lives and jeopardizes their academic and investigation pursuits. ICE is not able to supply the most fundamental solutions about how its plan will be interpreted or executed. And the guidance will come following many US schools and universities possibly introduced or are readying their remaining decisions for the slide – choices designed to progress their academic mission and shield the well being and security of their communities.

Our global pupils now have lots of questions – about their visas, their overall health, their households and their capacity to continue on performing towards an MIT diploma. Unspoken, but unmistakable, is a single much more issue: Am I welcome?

At MIT, the reply, unequivocally, is certainly.

MIT’s toughness is its individuals – no subject where they appear from. I know firsthand the anxiety of arriving in this nation as a college student, enthusiastic to progress my instruction, but separated from my family by hundreds of miles. I also know that welcoming the world’s brightest, most gifted and motivated learners is an vital American energy.

When we go after legal protections for our worldwide college students, we will go on to continue to be in near contact with them by electronic mail and updates on the Worldwide Learners Office’s site. If you have inquiries, you may generate to the ISO at


L. Rafael Reif