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SEPtember 3, 2021
Clearing Immigration Hold for Class Registration: MIT international students required to do Fall 2021 Online Check-in

New and Continuing students should upload documents on iMIT

View short video explaining the process

If you get an immigration hold notice when trying to register for classes, please log into iMIT to be sure you have finished the Online Check-In. Once students have completed all Online Check-In Requirements, the hold will be removed within 1 business day. Students do not need to come in-person to the ISO, but can call/email ISO if questions arise.

We are asking ALL MIT International Students (New AND Continuing) to complete the Online Check-In Procedure. *Note: You can complete eforms 1 and 2 before your arrival to the US.

The Online Check-In process should be completed in iMIT as follows: 

  • Login to iMIT ( Select “Upon Arrival” menu, then Select “Fall 2021 Online Check-In” 
  • ALL Students: Complete section “1. Student Status” and section “2. Student Category” (New/Transfer or Continuing Student) now, even before arrival to the U.S.
  • New/Transfer Students (arriving to the U.S. to begin in-person study in Fall 2021):  Complete section “3. Online Check-In Forms” only AFTER your arrival in the U.S.
  • Continuing Students (pursued in-person coursework in the U.S. at MIT in Spring 2021 or earlier): Complete section “3. Online Check-In Forms” either AFTER your arrival in the U.S.

If any questions arise, please feel free to contact the ISO ( Thank you for your assistance and we look forward to the Fall semester with you.

MIT Updates Vaccine Information and Returning to Campus Guidance
MIT continually updates its guidance on vaccine information and guidance for return to campus (including testing, masking, dining, indoor activities, and related issues) for the Fall 2021 semester for students, faculty and staff. 

Please be sure to review the updates on the MIT Now website:

The MIT Medical vaccine information page has also been updated, including updates to the FAQ (including a specific section on commonly asked questions from international students). Please review the Vaccine Information page/FAQ
Reporting in iMIT Your Scheduled Visa Interview AND Visa Approval Information
Report on iMIT 
Don't forget to update once visa is approved
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.
J-1 Students Working On-Campus in Fall 2021- request authorization in iMIT
ISO verification for J work authorization is required every year
A reminder to all students in J-1 status (Form DS-2019) who will be working on-campus in Fall 2021 (including research and teaching assistantships, fellowships, other on-campus positions), you need to request an updated authorization from the ISO in SEVIS. J-1 regulations require that the ISO verify each year if a J-1 student is working on-campus.

The process to request the J-1 On-Campus Employment authorization is very easy:
(1)  Login to iMIT (
(2)  Select the left-hand menu “J-1 On-Campus Work Authorization”
(3)  Read the instructions and complete the eform  (start date for RA/TA/Fellowships will be 09/01/2021 unless your job starts at another designated date)
(4)  Click “Submit”The ISO will complete the notification in SEVIS and send you a letter via email for your records.If any questions arise, please feel free to contact your ISO Advisor.
Thank you for your assistance.
Limited In-Person Office Hours for Fall Semester at ISO
The ISO has resumed limited in-person office hours for the Fall 2021 semester beginning Monday, August 9. In-Person services will be primarily to support emergency issues only

*ISO Advisors will continue to conduct appointments remotely via Zoom, and can be reached by email and by phone.  

**Visa documents will continue to be requested and processed online via iMIT, and the documents will be sent to students electronically (if possible) or via express mail. 

***Most orientation and programming will be offered online, with limited in-person events as allowed.

In-Person/Walk-In Office Hours (emergency situations):
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesdays: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Please continue to consult the ISO website ( for extensive resources and guidance, and instructions on online/remote support services. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ISO by email ( or by phone (617-253-3795) or contact your ISO Advisor directly. 

We look forward to joining you back on campus this Fall!
ISO Closed Monday, September 6, 2021
Closed for Labor Day Holiday
The ISO will re-open on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 10am.

Please see our Contact Us page for our office hours:
Zoom Break: Skribbl
Thursday, September 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join your fellow students and have some fun playing Skribbl!
Recurring Zoom link here
Sign Up requested for new participants
Co-sponsored by ISO and Postdoc Association (PDA)
Networking in the American Context: Where, When, What, Why, & How
Thursday, September 23
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Does the idea of networking stress you out? Or worse, do you avoid it because it sounds so unpleasant? In this workshop, we’ll lay out the basics of networking, informational interviewing, and the expectations for professional relationships in the U.S. You’ll learn why a strong basis is crucial for your career first steps and how to go about mastering the art of networking in the US. 

This workshop is a collaboration of the International Students Office (ISO) and Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD), as part of the Career Exploration Series in CAPD.  
Sign up required on Handshake:

Join the MIT Language Conversation Exchange
Open to the entire MIT community

SAVE THE DATE: Kick-off event is Sept 22
LCE connects people across MIT for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.
How to find a conversation partner at MIT so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker.

Visit our website:
• Search and contact native speakers of languages you want to practice for one-on-one conversation held at your convenience
• Watch this video to learn how our website works
• Join our new Slack Space:
• Join or create channels for the languages you are interested in
• Practice your writing skills while meeting other people at MIT who share your language interests

Get in touch with the LCE at
Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE
MIT Digital Diplomas
Deadline is Wednesday, September 22
All graduating students are eligible to receive a digital version of their diploma at no cost. Look out for an email from the Registrar’s Office inviting you to download the Blockcerts Wallet app on your mobile device and add MIT as an issuer. You must complete these steps by September 22 to ensure that you receive your digital diploma as soon as it is available. Learn more here.
Please note the following:
  • Digital diplomas are not a replacement for MIT’s traditional paper diploma. Everyone will also receive a physical diploma.
  • Please go to the degree application to update your mailing address and delivery preference. We will begin sending paper diplomas the week of September 27.
Volunteer ESL Tutors Needed
The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor evening and night shift Facilities Dept. service employees one hour/week or to fill in for the regular weekly tutors as needed.
No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement. All tutoring is done remotely at this time.

Evening tutoring takes place between the hours of 5:30-7pm and night tutoring is from 11:00pm - midnight.  The semester runs through the week of Dec. 13.
This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference.
Please contact
MIT Sandbox: Info Sessions
Friday, September 10
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MIT Sandbox applications for new teams open on September 1st – join an info session to learn more
Did you know that MIT Sandbox provides funding and mentorship to help you explore your innovative idea as an entrepreneur?  Join us for an information session where you will learn more about the program and how Sandbox provides up to $25K in seed funding, mentorship, and training to support your entrepreneurial journey!
  • Not a competition
  • Open to all MIT undergraduate and graduate students from all schools
  • Focused on student-driven entrepreneurship
  • Supports students at all stages of the start-up process - from idea to launch
  • Applications are due by September 15th
Register for a virtual info session:
Learn more about the program
MITaly Welcome Aperitivo
Saturday, September 11 at 4:00pm
MIT Lobby 10 (front of the main dome)
Dear MITalians, join us for our annual Welcoming Reception for the beginning of this new academic year. We will meet at Killian Court (Lobby 10 if it rains) from 4:00pm onwards to introduce you to the activities of our club, get your feedback on past events and suggestions for the future... And, obviously, free food won't be missing! If you are interested, please fill in the form (the form is mandatory to participate) and please, if you have any question, contact us! We hope to see you all there!

RSVP here
Introducing ELS Classes For Fall 2021

Fall Classes With Incarcerated Students
From The Educational Justice Institute @ MIT (TEIJ). All classes this semester will be taught remotely with incarcerated students in New England Correctional Facilities. Open to undergrads and if there is room, grad students can also sign up.
Wellness Events & Resources
Fall Unwind Classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm/ 5pm
Next week from Community Wellness at MIT Medical:
Fall Unwind
Noon Unwind – Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-12:15 pm starting September 7
5PM Unwind – Tuesdays and Thursday 5-5:20 pm starting September 7
These live, virtual classes combine simple stretches to release tension in the body and guided meditation to release tension in the mind. Register for free anytime this fall, attend as often as you wish, and feel free to invite others to register as a self-care routine.
You can find other upcoming courses from Community Wellness. Click here and go to the Mind – Live Classes menu to sign up for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Koru Mindfulness 4-week course, a virtual mini-retreat, and more.
Online Zumba Classes With Liz
Mondays at 7:30 PM ET

Westgate is offering Zumba classes for the MIT community. The classes are online and free of charge. We would like to thank the MIT GSC Funding Board for sponsoring this event.

Mondays at 7:30 PM, starting on July 19 and ending on October 4, 2021.

Please sign-up to receive the Zoom link.

Online Yoga Classes With Neha
Thursdays at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

Westgate is offering Yoga classes for the MIT community. The classes are online and free of charge. We would like to thank the MIT GSC Funding Board for sponsoring this event. Thursdays at 7:30 PM, starting on August 12 and ending on October 28, 2021.

Please sign-up to receive the Zoom link.

SOME: Acronym for self-care
Sleep, Outside, Mindfulness, Exercise

Instead of an “all-or-nothing” approach to self-care, you can choose SOMEthing from the list and do SOME of it today. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to work for you. SOME activities signal to your body and mind that you are listening to, appreciating, and taking care of yourself. 

S is for Sleep: Sleep experts recommend creating a bedtime routine that allows the body and brain to slow down and prepare for sleep. Bedtime Unwind is a 13-minute routine which includes three simple stretches to relax before bed - or anytime you could use a mind-body break. 
Check out Bedtime Unwind here.

O is for Outdoors: An outdoor walk can boost creativity and focus. A study has found that both walking and being outside could lead to more creative thinking. While the association is not well understood, it is an easy-to-implement strategy.

M is for Mindfulness: Mindfulness practice: You have to eat anyway - might as well enjoy it mindfully! To start, simply look away from any technology and look directly at your food for a moment. Notice color and texture. Next, take in aroma. Finally, take one mindful bite and chew slowly and mindfully. Pay extra attention to the genius of your tongue.

E is for Exercise: You've probably heard this one a lot, but let this be another sign for you to workout while watching TV. You can do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and squats while focusing on your show. Want an extra nudge? Bring your jump rope, dumbbells, resistance bands, or any other fitness tools near your TV to help remind you to use them.

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