ISO Newsletter
March 15, 2019
Volume 4, Issue 7
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In this newsletter

Tax deadline April 15; Glacier Tax Prep Software available

You must physically mail in your income tax paperwork by April 15. On February 27, 2019 the ISO sent an email to all international students, "Tax Filing Resources for Int'l Students - Now Available!" with tax info and links to the software Glacier Tax Prep to prepare your federal taxes for Tax Year 2018. Please also see our website for more information. 

Final Tax Workshop Monday, April 1

The ISO and VPF is offering another tax workshop on Monday, April 1, 2019!
flyer for more information. Open to international students, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens.


Beware of Scams during tax season

The ISO wanted to again remind all members of the MIT community to beware of being a target of a scam, whether by email, phone, or by postal mail. Scammers often try to take advantage during tax season but it can happen anytime.

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.
1) Please remain calm, 2) Do NOT give out any personal information over the phone or via email, and 3) Contact the ISO immediately!

Work authorization required for summer internship

Authorization by the government is required for any off-campus work. Sign up for a required ISO Employment Information Session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options, either CPT or OPT. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead! Learn more about off-campus work options on our website.

Traveling for spring break? 

Don't forget to check your I-20 or DS-2019 NOW for a travel signature! 
Note: It typically takes 2 business days to process travel signatures at the ISO.

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.
Culture Corner

Culture Thursday Facebook posts

Check out our Culture Thursday Facebook posts from March 14February 28

TBA” and “TBD” mean “to be announced” and “to be determined,” respectively. These terms are used broadly in event planning; they indicate that although something is expected to happen, a particular aspect, such as place and time, remains to be confirmed.
EXAMPLE: “The committee meeting will be next Thursday at 3 PM, location TBD.”

FYI stands for “for your information.” This term is used not only in informal conversation (like with your friends) but also in formal communications when you want to call people’s attention to certain information. People often put FYI in email subjects or in forwarding emails.
EXAMPLE: “FYI, tomorrow’s social ice cream is scheduled for 2 PM.”


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! 
Upcoming Events

ISO Events

LCE Lunch: 3/18 (M) & 4/1 (M); 12-1p, 10-105, Bush Room

 "How to Adult" Series: Sign up at
Leading as an Introvert: 3/19 (T), 7:30-9p, 66-154
Social Media- Best Practices: 3/20 (W), 12-1p, 4-145
Alumni Social Hour: 4/11 (R), 7-9p, Flowers Dining Room, Maseeh Hall

Final Tax Workshop: 4/1 (M); 5-6:30p & 7-8:30p,10-250

Grad Paint Night: 4/2 (T), 6:30-9p, Lobdell W20-208; 
Part of Grad Appreciation Week: Tickets (Limited Space)

Past ISO Event Photos

ISO & PDA Afternoon Break: 3/11 (every 2nd Monday)
LCE Lunch: 3/07; Brazilian food served in honor of Carnival
LCE Afternoon Reset: 2/26 

MIT Resources Highlight

Searching for anything MIT? Start here first!


MIT Events & Programs

DayBreaker@MIT: Saint Patrick's Day Sunrise Yoga/Dance: 3/16 (Sa),
10a-1p, E14-674;

NEW: BollyX & Bhojan (Fitness & Food): 3/16 (S), 6pm, Ashdown. Signup
GetFit Tunnel Walk: 3/18 (M), 1:10-1:55p, Lobby 7
NEW: The Interfaith Bridge Building Banquet (IB3): 3/19 (T), 6:30p, Walker Memorial
Improv Workshops: Networking Skills: 3/19 (T), 4-5:30p, 8-205
Introduction to Investing: 3/21 (R), 11:30-12:30p, 68-181
VISTA's Got Talent: 3/22 (F), 7-10p; Register to perform!
MIT Partners & Spouses Connect: Month of March


NEW: March edition of Tim's Kitchen Newsletter 

Always check the MIT Events Calendar or the MIT mobile app to find out what's happening on-campus!

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