ISO Newsletter
December 14, 2018
Volume 4, Issue 4
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ISO Holiday Open House
Every day until Friday, December 21
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Good luck with finals & Congrats on the fall semester!

For a break, stop by and relax at our annual Holiday Open House, open daily from 9am to 4pm until Friday, December 21. Homemade hot apple cider and treats!
Enjoy the winter break! We will return with our weekly notices starting in January.

Beware of scams, especially during holidays

The ISO wanted to remind all members of the MIT community to beware of being a target of a scam, whether by email, phone, or by postal mail. The holidays are a common period given that we may be buying items more frequently – and scammers take advantage of this time.

In recent weeks, we have heard from students and colleagues who have been contacted by a few common scams, so we wanted to provide a warning to you about the following scam scenarios. Please go to our website for more information about the different scams and 3 steps for how to protect yourself.

Traveling outside the US for winter break?

DON'T FORGET: Get a travel signature if needed, and bring your ORIGINAL I-20 or DS-2019 with you while traveling!

See the ISO webpage on entering U.S. borders for detailed  information about returning to the US and what documents you should carry with you upon entry (Note: It typically takes 2 business days to process travel signatures at the ISO). 

ISO Winter Break Office Hours

ISO CLOSED - Monday-Tuesday, December 24-25, 2018
ISO CLOSED - Monday-Tuesday, December 31 - January 1, 2018
The ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday-Tuesday, December 24 and 25, and Monday-Tuesday, December 31-January 1.  The ISO will be open regular office hours for walk-ins, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, December 26-28 and from January 2 onward during IAP. 

Work Authorization required for any off-campus work

If you plan to do an off-campus internship or work experience during IAP or the spring term, work authorization is required! Sign up for a weekly employment session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead! Learn more about off-campus work options on our website.

IAP event: Immigration Attorney Visit

For the month of January, take advantage of the Independent Activities Period (IAP)!

ISO-sponsored IAP event:

Working After Graduation: Immigration Concerns
Thursday, Jan 31
11am-12:30pm in 10-250

Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C., Boston Law Firm, specializing in immigration, will present a seminar focusing on rules regulating employment opportunities after graduation for international graduates.


Culture Corner

Share your Confusion about American Culture

The ISO would like to hear from you! What are some confusing/surprising phrases or aspects of American culture that you would like clarified?

Please fill out this google FORM and let us know your thoughts. We may feature these in a future "Culture Thursday" post on Facebook!  

Happy Holidays!

Check out our Culture Thursday 
Facebook post from November 30 to find out about some of the major winter holidays celebrated in the US: Hannukah, Christmas, & Kwanzaa

Upcoming Events

ISO Events

ISO Holiday Open House: Every day until Dec 21 (F); 9a-4p

IAP- Immigration Attorney: Working After Graduation; 1/31 (Th) 11a-12:30p

*NOTE*: No Coffee Hour on Friday, January 4th. Date TBA
MIT Resources

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MIT Career Advising & Professional Development

Schedule career appointments year-round for in-depth discussions about your future plans. This might include self-assessment, career exploration, internship or job search strategies, resume/cover letter or other professional document reviews, mock interviews, networking strategies, negotiation, and more.Career Advising & Professional Development guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers and health professions. 

Book an appointment


MindHandHeart's Calendar to De-Stress & Take CareDecember 2018
IAP Blog Workshop (for grad students); Apply by Dec 18. More info at this website
Learn to Teach: For International TAs; IAP 2019 course
The First Year Experience: Fun-Sized; IAP 2019 course; Grad students can also join
Communicating in American Culture course: Spring 2019 courses
English Language Studies courses: Spring 2019 courses

Always check the MIT Events Calendar or the MIT mobile app to find out what's happening on-campus!
First Night Boston 2019New England’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration

Past ISO Event Photos & Slides

Holiday Open House (12/3-12/21)
Navigating MIT: Cheat Sleep (11/30) with Zan Barry, Community Wellness
Slides from Cheat Sleep presentation (11/30)
Slides from Preparing for Winter (10/29)
Slides from Dating Workshop (10/25)
Slides from Culture Shock (10/16)

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