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ISO Newsletter
May 21, 2021
Best Wishes and Good Luck

The ISO would like to wish everyone good luck on your finals and exams!

We hope you had a successful spring semester, and we wish you a restful summer.

If you are graduating this semester, CONGRATULATIONS! We wish you all the best as you prepare for your next venture.
Warm wishes,

Check I-20 or DS-2019 for Travel Signature
If you are returning to the US in the summer or fall, please make sure you have a valid travel signature
For returning F-1 students and returning J-1 students, the travel signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 should be valid within one year when entering U.S.

This requirement does NOT apply to new students who have never entered the U.S. for their degree program at MIT

Some exceptions apply to returning students, and you may need a valid signature within the past 6 months

With the ISO working remotely, it is NOT possible to drop off/pick up your Form I-20 or DS-2019 to request a travel signature. Students will need to request a new Form via iMIT. To request a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 with travel signature:

(1) Login to iMIT 
(2) Click on the left-hand menu “(F-1 / J-1) Student Services”
(3) Click on and complete the eform “Request Replacement of Form I-20/DS-2019”, and select request reason “Travel Signature”
(4) Be sure to click “Submit” on the eform once you have completed all fields and document uploads to the eform. 

Once your new document is completed, ISO will scan/email you an electronic version that you can print/sign and carry with your previous Forms. 

*Processing time for a new document is 10 business days.

Please be sure to consult the “Visas and Travel” section of the ISO website, and specifically the “Entering the U.S." section for guidance on documents needed to travel/re-enter the U.S.
Reminder: Please update iMIT with your scheduled visa interview or visa approved information
iMIT website
In order to help track visa processing experiences at U.S. Embassies/Consulates around the world, and to help advocate for our students, we ask for your assistance in reporting when you have secured your visa interview appointment and when you receive your visa.

You can complete this reporting in iMIT with the following steps:
*Login to iMIT (
*Click on the left-hand menu “Admissions”
*Click on the button “Visa Interview & Approval”
*Select the appropriate E-Forms, complete the information, and click “Submit”

Please note that if your visa interview appointment changes, please go into iMIT and submit a new “Visa Interview Scheduled” eform.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
Zoom Break: Among Us
Thursday, May 27, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Join to play an hour of Among Us with us!

The game can be found here for Android and here for iOS.
A quick introduction video to how the game works is here!

Recurring Zoom link here

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On-Campus Graduate Housing
Self Selection Waiting List open through October 15
On-Campus Housing Self-Selection Waiting List process is currently open through October 15! This is a first-come, first-served housing selection process where students apply to enter the Self-Selection Waiting List.

Applications accepted through MyHousing and then they have the opportunity to view available units on a weekly basis and select a unit.

Visitors/Post Docs/Affiliates who are interested in living on-campus, they may express their interest in on-campus housing by submitting a Waiting List Interest Form.  Visitors may begin self-selecting an on-campus housing assignment on a weekly basis, starting June 7

Additional information about the Self-Selection Waiting List process is available on the HRS website
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MIT COOK Recipe Submission

Share your recipes by Friday, June 11, 2021
Along with MITAC and MIT Women’s League we are proud to announce the MIT COOK (Culinary Offerings from Our Kitchens) Community! Please share your family’s favorite recipe and let us know why it is special to you. MIT Endicott House’s Executive Chef will be selecting three recipes to be prepared during a live cooking demonstration. Submissions will be compiled for a printed book to be placed for sale, proceeds to go to Cambridge, MA area charity of choice.

Submission must be received prior to June 11, 2021.
Submit Here
Writing Together Online with the WCC: May Edition
Every Mon, 8:00 - 9:30 AM EDT
Every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 - 10:30 AM EDT

Register for any number of 90-minute sessions through this link
As you wrap up the spring semester, make May a month of productive writing for you. Please join the WCC in Writing Together Online to work on your writing projects starting May 1st through May 27th. Our daily 90-minute sessions create a community of writers who connect, set realistic goals, and write together to motivate each other and to make progress on their academic projects. This program is open to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, researchers, or all, who are actively writing their proposals, manuscripts, or thesis/dissertation chapters. 
Please note that those who attend at least 5 sessions in May will be automatically entered into the raffle of gift-card prizes taking place on Thursday, May 27th at 10:30am. The more you participate, the more times you will be entered into the raffle of prizes.

For more information and to register, go to this link or check the WCC website. Please spread the word and join with friends and peers.
Wellness Events & Resources
Daily Table grocery store
Central Square
No one should have to choose between their health and their budget when it comes to food. That's why Daily Table sources nutritious, delicious food at prices that every budget can afford --an average of 30% less than other local supermarkets.
MIT Community Wellness
New classes beginning in June

Available Classes:
Qigong Meditation
Family and Baby Yoga
Roll + Restore
MIT International Students Office
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Office Hours:
9:00-16:00 (M-F)
Closed (W) 10:00-11:30
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