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ISO Newsletter
May 14, 2021
Important Updates

(1)  MIT Vaccine Information/FAQ - including guidance for international students
(2)  USDOS Provides Clarification on National Interest Exemptions for China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, India effective 08/01/2021; applies to travel on F-1 OPT/STEM OPT Extension 
(3) Suspension of U.S. Consular Services in Russia

Visa Interview Appointments Being Scheduled at U.S. Consulates in China
The U.S. Department of State has confirmed that visa interview appointments are now being scheduled at consular posts in China. While there are still restrictions and limitations based on staffing and resourcing at certain posts, students who need to schedule visa interview appointments at a U.S. Embassy/Consulates in China should check the website of your local consular post for instructions.
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.
Final Reminder: Tax Resources for Monday, May 17 deadline
Tax Workshop: Recording & Slides available here 
Students are required to file income tax returns for all who had been physically present in the U.S. during the 2020 calendar year. Students physically inside the U.S. during 2020, whether they worked or not, are required to file an income tax return. The usual deadline is April 15 of each year; however, the deadline for federal and Massachusetts state income tax forms for year 2020 was extended to Monday, May 17, 2021.

A brief overview of the available tax resources are as follows:

Tax Guidance for Non-Resident Tax Filers
The MIT Office of the Vice President for Finance, in cooperation with the International Scholars Office (ISchO) and the International Students Office (ISO), created a website for foreign nationals to provide resources and links related to receiving payments from MIT and guidance on income taxes. This is the best place to start with any questions about taxes and filing your income tax returns. 

MIT Tax Workshops Presentation Recordings/Slidedecks
On March 2, 2021, MIT hosted Tax Workshops for MIT students and scholars regarding the filing the 2020 calendar year income tax returns.

The Workshop recordings and slidedecks are posted on the MIT VPF “How to Get Tax Help” webpage.  

Additional tax information for international students and scholars is available on the VPF website.

Glacier Tax Prep Software
The ISO makes available to MIT international students for free a license for the Glacier Tax Prep software to assist in completing the Federal income tax return. The software is available here
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

Sign Up requested for new participants

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Language Conversation Exchange "Conversation Cafes"
Next Event on Thursday, 18 May, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

NOTE: We'll be using a new video-calling platform called Ohyay. You can find our LCE cafe space here:

After a short opening culture or language presentation, language learners will be sorted into breakout rooms by language where you can practice with native speakers.

Participants, please start arriving at 11:50 AM so that presentation can start promptly at 12noon.

To join our cafe, follow these steps:
  1. Create an Ohyay account (should only take a minute). Please use the email address you used to register for our Conversation Cafes—most likely your MIT email.
  2. Enter our Ohyay cafe at this link:
  3. If you have previously attended an LCE Virtual Conversation Cafe, you should be able to enter automatically! If not, please fill out this Google form so we can add you to the space.
  4. If you have any questions about getting started with Ohyay, check out this guide.
Subscribe to the LCE email list
MIT COOK Recipe Submission

Share your recipes by 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

SaveTFP Fridays
Last event: Final Countdown Game Night!
TONIGHT, Friday, May 14

Zoom link:

Celebrate the end of the semester with saveTFP’s final spring event! Play fun remote games like Poker, Gartic Phone, Avalon/Secret Hitler, Wikipedia race, Typing race, Explain To Me, and games that you request!

We'll be raffling off care packages to help you through the final weeks!

Escape the pset grind while meeting new friendos and competing for fun prizes (!) in virtual escape rooms! For on-campus people, race with your pod to locate clues spread out all over MIT.

Various events happening each Friday during each semester. 

Open to everyone

Fill out this form to be added to our mailing list for next semester!
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