ISO Newsletter
January 25, 2019
Volume 4, Issue 5
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Bars of Color Within Squares, Building 6C
By Sol LeWitt. Photo Credit: Christopher Harting
In this newsletter

Don't forget documents if traveling & returning to US! 

Bring your ORIGINAL I-20 or DS-2019 with you while traveling! Check NOW that you have a valid travel signature.

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). 

Tax Workshops

The ISO and VPF is offering several tax workshops again on March 6 and April 1, 2019!
See flyer for more information.


Glacier Tax Prep Software available mid- to late-February

The ISO tax website will be updated in middle to late February. We will be sending all international students an email about the updated website, which will also include links to the software Glacier Tax Prep to prepare your federal taxes. Please be on the lookout for the ISO email to you in middle to late February 2019 for Tax Year 2018.

Massachusetts Law on Marijuana Use & the Visa Impact

The ISO is reaching out to you with regards to questions concerning the recent changes in Massachusetts State Law regarding possession and recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts. It is a VERY important reminder to international students that immigration laws reflect standards of Federal Law. Therefore, under current Federal Law, the possession and use of marijuana remains a Federal criminal offense. Please read more at the Recent News section of the ISO website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your ISO Advisor (

IAP event: Immigration Attorney Visit

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.

Internship or employment this summer?

Sign up for required ISO Employment Information Session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options. Work authorization is required for any off-campus work. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead! Learn more about off-campus work options on our website.
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!  

Culture Thursday Facebook post
Check out our Culture Thursday Facebook post from January 10
The practice of removing shoes (or not) in the United States

Upcoming Events

ISO Events

Coaching Well-Trained Fleas: Jan 29 (T); 3:30-5:30 pm; E25-111. RSVP requested
Immigration Attorney: Working After Graduation: Jan 31 (Th); 11-12:30 pm; 10-250
ISO & PDA Afternoon Break: 2/11 (M), Every 2nd Monday; 4-5 pm; E19-202

MIT Resources

Searching for anything MIT? Start here first!
MIT Resources Highlight

Writing and Communication Center at MIT

The WCC at MIT (Writing and Communication Center) offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication experts. The WCC is staffed completely by MIT lecturers. All have advanced degrees. All are experienced college classroom teachers of communication. All are published scholars and writers. Not counting the WCC’s director’s years (he started the WCC in 1982), the WCC lecturers have a combined 135 years’ worth of teaching here at MIT (ranging from 5 to 25 years). The WCC works with undergraduate, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, alums, and spouses. The WCC helps you strategize about all types of academic and professional writing as well as about all aspects of oral presentations (including practicing classroom presentations & conference talks as well as designing slides). No matter what department or discipline you are in, the WCC helps you think your way more deeply into your topic, helps you see new implications in your data, research, and ideas. The WCC’s communication experts have helped literally thousands of clients over the past 36 years, not only with course papers and dissertations, but also with conference talks, journal articles, proposals, slide design, techniques for turning parts of dissertations into articles and dissertations into books, etc.

The WCC also helps with all English as Second Language issues, from writing and grammar to pronunciation and conversation practice. The WCC is located in E18-233, 50 Ames Street.  To guarantee yourself a time, make an appointment with our online scheduler. To register with our online scheduler and to make appointments, go to Read info about how appointments work here. Check the online scheduler for up-to-date hours and available appointments.


MIT Events & Programs

Japanese Tea Ceremony: 1/27 (Th); 2-3 pm; W20-306. RSVP
LCE Afternoon Reset: 1/28 (M); 3-4 pm, 10-105
 Meditation in the MIT all faith Chapel
: 1/29 (T) & 1/31 (Th); 11-11:45a, Building W15

How to craft your CV & LinkedIn Profile: 1/29 (T); 1-3 pm; 68-181
How to Get Your First Grant: 1/30 (W); 11-12:30 pm; 68-181
Festival of Learning: 1/30 (W); 9:30a-4p; 10-250, Lobbies 10 & 13

Dealing with Frustration and Disappointment: 1/31 (Th); 6-7:30 pm. Register
How to Give Engaging Research Talks: 2/1 (F); 11-12:30 pm; 68-181

Spring 2019
Upcoming English Language Studies courses (Spring 2019); See course list
MIT Student Comedy Showcase: 2/8 (F); 6pm; 6-120
MIT European Career Fair: 2/16 (Sa); 9-4 pm; Johnson Athletic Center (W34). SignUp

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

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