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MIT | ISO | International Students Office
ISO Newsletter
June 11, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
SEVP Scam Alert
Report incidents to HSI tip line
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has been made aware of a spoofing scam involving individuals using an SEVP Response Center (SRC) phone number (703-603-3400) or a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office phone number (757-441-6533) to target nonimmigrant students. Fraudulent callers are claiming to be SEVP representatives and asking students to provide their immigration information, such as their Alien Registration Number or Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” information, or face deportation.

If you or one of your friends encounter, or are a victim of this spoof call, you are encouraged to report the incident to the HSI tip line. If you are unsure about the validity of a call from an SEVP official, you can also reach out to the ISO. 

Tips and items to remember:
  • NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • SEVP officials will NEVER ask stakeholders to provide credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
  • Report all suspicious calls to the HSI tip line and if you are unsure about the validity of a call from SEVP officials reach out to your designated SEVP field representative.
Reminder: 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 of your Form I-20 that you can print/sign and carry with your previous Forms. Form DS-2019s are required to be mailed.

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.
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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 (https://imit.mit.edu)
*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.
 
ISO SPONSORED EVENTS


Cooking with Antoinette
*POSTPONED* to sometime in July
Apologies for the change

More information to follow

Antoinette will be teaching us how to cook Spinach & Mushroom Quiche and Macaroni Salad

*See recipe flyers
 

Recurring Zoom Link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/96812389567

Sign Up requested for new participants

Discover Boston
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
12 Noon EDT

SIGN UP: https://tinyurl.com/47xnn65h 
 
Join us to learn about this amazing city which you will have the chance to explore this year! 

This event is open to all MIT students - new and current. 

Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/96251900919   
(MIT Kerberos required)
Zoom Breaks in Summer
(We have prizes for you!)
Survey Link Here
Tell us what you want to do for Zoom break this summer.

We want to make this fun and an opportunity for you to meet and play with other students. We would love to hear if there are any other games you want to play. 

Please fill out the survey and let us know! 
You will be entered into a raffle with several chances to win a $20 Amazon or Grubhub Gift Card!
Survey Link
Past Recipes: Cooking with Antoinette
Below you will find Antoinette's recipes she has shared with us since last fall semester---try them out and feel free to add your own spin to them!

American Chop Suey (pasta)

Quick Garlic Knots

Curry Cauliflower ingredients and recipe

10-minute Tiramisu

IAP "Cooking in a Mug" Series: Granola, Egg Muffin, Ramen, Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Brownie + Bonus 3-ingredient Chicken Teriyaki

Holiday Recipes: apple cider and chocolate fudge

Thanksgiving Recipes: stuffing balls and cranberry sauce
Navigating MIT slides/recordings
Spring 2021 semester
MIT EVENTS & PROGRAMS
WCC in June: Consultations
Open till June 30, 2021
 
The WCC Consultations
The MIT Writing and Communication Center (WCC) continues its remote one-on-one consultations through June 30th. The WCC communication experts are looking forward to working with you on your ideas, drafts, slides, and presentations.
 
These consultations can help you further develop your oral communication skills and learn about all types of academic and professional writing. The WCC hours are open on Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and fill up fast. You can learn more about consultations at the WCC website and book appointments with the online scheduler.
More Information
Panel with English-as-a-Second-Language Profs 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
1 -2 PM EDT

For non-native English speakers at MIT, the MIT Teaching + Learning Lab is hosting a Panel with English-as-a-Second-Language Profs on June 16th from 1 to 2 PM (EST), where 4 ESL professors from MIT will share their stories and answer your questions on teaching. We will cover topics such as teaching as an ESL instructor, the role of teaching in academic job search, and the relation between teaching and academic research.

RSVP here to reserve a spot and ask your questions! Grad students, postdocs, and undergrad students are all welcome. The Zoom link will be shared to RSVP’ed participants one day prior to the event.
RSVP Here
Wellness Events & Resources
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.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS WEBSITE
MIT International Students Office
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Closed (W) 10:00-11:30
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