The ISO is offering Travel Signature Days on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, December 6 for your convenience! Get a signature "on the spot" (immediately). See FLYER for more info.

Please note: if you plan to travel outside the U.S. over any holiday breaks, all international students are required to have a travel signature on their Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 that has been signed within one year in order to re-enter the U.S.
Signature valid for 1 year (with some exceptions). Drop off I-20/DS-2019 at front desk between 9am and 4pm on weekdays; pick up after 2 business days. Read our website for more info and to know what documents to carry when re-entering the U.S.
 

Recent Scam: do not give out last 4 digits of SSN 

Recently, multiple MIT international students have reported receiving phone calls regarding the suspension of their social security cards; THIS IS A SCAM. Do NOT give out your name or the last 4 digits of your SSN (unless you yourself are making the call). If something like this ever happens to you, please remain calm, do not give out any personal/bank information, and notify the ISO immediately! Read our website for more info about common scams. 
 

Sign up for F-1 Employment Session on iMIT

If you plan to work off-campus during IAP or the summer, or you are graduating soon and intend to do OPT, you are required to attend an employment session. Sign up for a weekly session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead! Read our website for more info.
 

Driving on a Foreign Driver's License

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has updated its guidance on ability for foreign nationals to drive in Massachusetts on a driver's license issued from their home countries/country of residence. The RMV allows individuals to drive the same type of vehicle as provided by the driver's license issued by the country of residence. Individuals must also have a full translation into English of the foreign driver's license. When driving, students must also carry with them their passport, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and a copy of their Form I-94 arrival record to prove their student status.  
Details on the requirements for driving on a foreign driver's license are available on the MA RMV website.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  The guidance by the MA RMV only applies to driving IN MASSACHUSETTS.  If you are planning to drive in another US State, please consult the Registry/Department of Motor Vehicles in that State to confirm their regulations. 
For details on applying for a Massachusetts Driver’s License, please see the ISO website

 

Scrutiny of F-1 OPT/STEM OPT & relation to degree field

USDHS Guidance on Additional Scrutiny of F-1 OPT/STEM OPT and Relationship to Degree Field
On September 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued new Policy Guidance to schools indicating that additional scrutiny is being placed on determination of the “direct relationship between employment and a student’s major area of study” for any employment pursued under F-1 Optional Practical Training and STEM Optional Practical Training extension.  You may read a copy of the Policy Guidance here. See more info at the ISO website, Major Immigration Updates. If students have any questions, please feel free to contact your ISO Advisor