ISO Newsletter
May 10, 2019
Volume 4, Issue 9
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OneWorld@MIT performance from past event
Join the 2019 OneWorld@MIT Talent Show & Food Festival this Sat, May 11:

Photo Credit: Jake Belcher
In this newsletter

New scam alerts

Home Country Officers/Police - There are recent reports of new scams targeting international students through social media or phone with scammers posing as an officer from their home country Consulate or police. The scammers claim that the student owes money for unpaid fines and threaten to arrest or deport the student if they do not provide payment or personal identifiable information. Previously, most scammers posed as US officials and not home country officers.

Package Courier Companies - Students should also be careful if you receive a call from someone indicating they are from package couriers or express mail companies asking for funds or personal identifiable information. If you receive such a call or contact, you may wish to thank the caller and then you can hang up the phone and contact the shipping company directly to ensure the issue is real. DO NOT use the phone number provided by the caller, but rather go in person to your local carrier or use the official company contact number on their official website.

Please see our website for more info.
Remember these THREE steps to protect yourself from scams:

1) Please remain calm, 2) Do NOT give out any personal information over the phone or via email, and 3) Contact the ISO immediately!
Find out more information on previous scam alerts from our 
Dec 2018 news update

Not graduating yet? Extend your I-20 or DS-2019!

Please check NOW when your document expires. If you are not finishing by this date, please request an extension as soon as possible on  iMIT
NOTE: During this busy season, processing new immigration documents will take 10 business days.

Apply for post-OPT before you travel outside US

If you are completing your studies soon and plan to apply for OPT, you absolutely MUST apply for OPT BEFORE you exit the US after graduation. Please attend sign up for an Employment session on iMIT if you haven't already, in order to start the OPT process. 
NOTE: During this busy season, processing new immigration documents will take 10 business days.

Work authorization required for off-campus employment

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. Learn more about off-campus work options on our website
NOTE: During this busy season, processing new immigration documents will take 10 business days.

Here is the direct link to the Session Sign Ups. Select one of the bolded links in order to sign up for a session.

NOTE: If you've applied for OPT, You MUST have your EAD card in your hand , and the start date must be effective in order to start working.

ISO Closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day

The ISO and most MIT offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.  The ISO will re-open on Tuesday, May 28 at 9:00am.

Antoinette Browne receives "Mentor of the Year" Award

Antoinette was honored at the Mentor Advocate Program (MAP) awards ceremony

The International Students Office is proud to announce that ISO staff member Antoinette Browne was recently awarded “Mentor of the Year” for the Mentor Advocate Program (MAP) by OME. Our colleague is the epitome of selflessness and service, helping anyone she interacts with feel welcome and valued. Not only is she a mentor through MAP, she is also a beloved host in the ISO’s Hosts to International Students Program (HISP), as well as an active participant in the MIT Women’s League English Partner Program. She also regularly attends the MIT Language Conversation Exchange (LCE) events, helping international community members improve their English—not to mention practicing her Spanish and Italian. Congratulations, Antoinette! The ISO and MIT are so lucky to call you our colleague and friend.
Culture Corner

Culture Thursday Facebook posts

Check out our Culture Thursday Facebook post from May 9

"Mother's Day in the U.S. and Around the World"

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

ISO & PDA Afternoon Break: 5/13 (M), 4-5p, E19-202

Seeking 5 Undergrad Int'l Orientation Coordinators for 2019
Please send email/letter of interest and availability to
Position Description
Please note: For this position, you would be able to move in early by Thursday, August 15 to the dorms, upon request.


First-Year Advisory Board for CAPD 2019-2020
Seeking Undergrad International Students

Responsibilities & Benefits
Apply here if interested by TODAY, Friday, May 10
MIT Resources Highlight

Searching for anything MIT? Start here first!
MIT Puppy Lab
Catalyzing Community through Puppy Love
The Puppy Lab is a MindHandHeart Initiative at MIT. Its mission is to leverage the scientifically-proven stress-relieving effects of animal interaction to improve the state of community mental health and wellness. We envision an inviting space where MIT-affiliated certified therapy dogs are available in weekly shifts for anyone to visit. It provides an avenue for community members to connect outside of school and work, with unconditional puppy love catalyzing deep, lasting relationships. Thank you for supporting this initiative! Please let us know if you have any feedback, would like to volunteer in other capacities, or would like to remain informed of developments of the Puppy Lab!
Puppy Lab Hours for Spring 2019:  Wednesdays, 12-2pm
Location: Lobby 10 (Killian Court if it's nice out)


MIT Events & Programs

HIGHLIGHT: Events to De-Stress &Take Care: May 2019

One World @MIT Talent Show & Food Festival: 5/11 (Sa), 3-6p, Ice Rink, Kresge
MITBDT Ballroom Dance Social: 5/11 (Sa), 7:30-11:30p, Lobdell
Cook for CASPAR: 5/11 (Sa), 2:30-6p, CASPAR Shelter; RSVP

TLL Boba Workshop! Are Your Graphics the BEST They Can Be? Featuring Felice Frankel: 5/13 (M), 2-3p, 66-360; RSVP

GSC Paint Night: 5/14 (T), 7:30-9:30p, W20-301
Cookies With Canines: 5/16 (R), 2-3:30p, Hayden Library
Finals Week Study Breaks: 5/16 (R)- 5/21 (T), various times/locations
MIT Logs Present- SpongeLog SquareBam: 5/17 (F), 7:45-10p, Kresge
Classical Indian Dance Bharatanatyam5/19 (Su), 3p, Little Kresge Theatre
International Folk Dancing: 5/19 (Su), 8-10:30p, 5-234

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

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