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ISO Newsletter
May 7, 2021
ISO Update
Sent May 1, 2021 from iso-broadcast email

(1) Executive Order Imposing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions to U.S. adds India
(2) U.S. State Department Announces Limits to Visa Services in India
(3) USDOS Provides Updated Guidance on National Interest Exemptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and India (effective August 1, 2021 for some countries on this list)
(4) USICE/SEVP Issues Enrollment Guidance for Academic Year 2021-2022

Reminder: Tax Resources for 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
MIT Announces Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021
FAQ Includes Specific Information for International Students
On April 30, 2021, MIT announced that all students enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
MIT has posted an FAQ on the vaccine requirement, and there is a specific section of the FAQ with responses to general questions received from international students with concerns about completing the vaccination process before arrival to MIT for the Fall 2021 semester.
ISO recommends that you read both the announcement and the FAQ in full as it should answer most questions.
If students have additional questions after review of these documents, you may contact MIT Medical directly ( (edited) 

Cooking with Antoinette
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
12noon to 1:30pm EDT

Join ISO staff member Antoinette as she teaches us again how to make two simple and fun recipes. You don't have to cook both recipes, only what you are most interested in. Or just observe! See ingredient flyers. 

Recurring Zoom Link here

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Zoom Break: Codenames
Thursday, May 13, 2021
:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Join  your fellow students and have some fun playing Codenames!

Recurring Zoom link here

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Open to entire MIT community during IAP
Co-sponsored by ISO and Postdoc Association (PDA)

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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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SaveTFP Fridays
Next Event: Scavenger Hunt Night
Friday May 7, 9:00-11:00 PM EDT

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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.


This is a great way to explore campus if you’re new to the area and have campus access via CovidPass! If you want to participate in the on-campus portion, please fill out this non-binding RSVP so that we can have an idea of how many teams to expect.

Various events happening each Friday during the spring semester. 

Open to everyone

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The Personal Empowerment Series
Visit ENGAGE.MIT.EDU to RSVP for each workshop

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST:
Alumni Social Hour
Sponsored by Student Organizations Leadership Engagement (SOLE), in partnership with MCR, DUSP, Political Science, ISO, MITAA, VPR, PKG, CAPD, LGBTQ@MIT, and OMP
Wellness Events & Resources
Daily Table grocery store
Visit in 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 International Students Office
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Cambridge, MA 02139
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