ISO Newsletter
January 9, 2020
Volume 5, Issue 5
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IMPORTANT: Please read 

iMIT sites and services will be unavailable to MIT students and staff alike on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 due to a series of critical upgrades and maintenance. The work will be completed at 9:00 am on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at which point all iMIT services will resume.

ISO Closed Monday, January 20 for holiday

Please note that the ISO, along with most MIT offices, will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 21.

Immigration Attorney visit Monday, January 27

Are you planning to pursue an internship or training after graduation that may require time beyond your student Optional Practical Training or Academic Training? Planning to launch a startup? We invite you to attend a presentation from Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C., an immigration law firm in Boston, to learn about the various visa options and pathways that may be available to pursue these activities. It will be Monday, January 27 from 1pm to 2:30pm in 10-250. See Flyer

Reg Day and first day of classes
This year, Reg Day is Friday, January 31st and the first day of classes is Monday, February 3rd. This is an effect of the change of the date for commencement, which is the end of May rather than in June.

Sign up for F-1 Employment Session on iMIT

If you plan to work off-campus during the spring or summer using CPT, or if you intend to request OPT for the summer or after graduation, you are required to attend an F-1 employment session. Sign up for a weekly session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead, especially for OPT. Read our website for more info.

Tax Season is upon us

The tax deadline for year 2019 is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The ISO will be sending out more information and instructions by email in February. Tax workshops will be available to all students in March and April. Please stay tuned for details.

Travel signature required if traveling outside the U.S.

Please note: if you plan to travel outside the U.S. before classes resume, 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.
Travel signatures are valid for 1 year.
Exceptions: signature valid for 6 months if:  1) you are traveling with a Canadian passport 2) you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or the adjacent islands or 3) you are working while on OPT or STEM OPT. 

To obtain a travel signature, simply drop off your Form I-20/DS-2019 at the 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.

Reminder: Beware of Scams

Scams are even more prevalent during and right after tax season, but they can happen anytime of the year. We cannot stress this enough. PLEASE be careful if you receive any communication from someone claiming to be a government official or from law enforcement, either from the U.S. or another country. Unfortunately, MIT international students have been victims of scams and fraud very recently. Note: NEVER give out your name, bank info, or the last 4 digits of your SSN (unless you yourself are making the call). 

If someone contacts you by phone, email, or regular mail requesting information, 1) remain calm, 2) do not give out any personal/bank information, and 3) notify the ISO immediately! 
Read the ISO website for more info about common scams
Current Scam Alerts
MIT Activities Committee (MITAC)
Visit the MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) at Stata Center for discount tickets to museums, movies, shows, and more! Any MIT community member with an MIT ID can purchase multiple tickets using your MIT ID. Take advantage of this resource especially during Boston's cold months.
Upcoming Events
ISO Events

Explore various activities for credit or just for fun during the month of January for IAP (Independent Activities Period)
 See more info at the IAP website.

Find the list of ISO-sponsored IAP events here:

LCE Lunch: 1/13 (M) and 1/30 (R), 1-2p, 10-105
LCE Afternoon Reset: 1/21 (T), 3-4p, 10-105
Co-sponsored by LCE, ISO, ICEO, & OGE

Practice your English or another language by attending events, or find a language partner through the LCE website:

"What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment"- By Dan Beaudry: 1/17 (F), 10-11:30a, 54-100; RSVP

Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at, shares the potent job search system used by many international students to find U.S. employment. H-1B's are won in ways you likely don't expect. What you'll discover in this presentation may surprise you.
Registration requested in advance via CareerBridge, powered by Handshake.

Cultural Awareness: Communicating More Effectively in a Global Community
1/22 (W), 3-4:30p, E25-111; RSVP required

In this lively, interactive seminar, Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of MIT Professional Education and a globally-experienced senior executive and lecturer in intercultural communication, will make you aware of visible and invisible cultural differences that can dramatically impact communication between people of different cultures. Pant, who has addressed numerous MIT community groups over the years, will provide tips for minimizing intercultural misunderstandings and enhancing one’s effectiveness when communicating across cultures.

Coaching Well-Trained Fleas: How to become aware of the limiting beliefs that keep away possibilities
with Shayla Rivera, comedian, professor & former rocket scientist
1/28 (T), 2-4p, E25-111; RSVP required

Self-exploration & contemplation have never been given importance in our modality of education; however, they are paramount to success. This workshop will offer tools & guidance to help find our way through the cobwebs of our own limiting beliefs. 
Co-sponsored by De Florez Fund for Humor, Latino Employee Resource Group, Institute Community & Equity Office & International Students Office

MIT Events

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect: All MS&PC Events

Professional Development Fund: 1/10 (F) by 12p (application deadline)
This program will reimburse eligible applicants (up to $500) for activities related to their job search and career development.

Yoga Classes: 1/14 (T), 2p, E23-009 (every Tuesday in January)
Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration: 1/26 (Su), 3p, W20-306
The Power of Planning: 1/31 (F), 10:30a, 66-160

GSC Taste of Louisiana: 1/13 (M), 6p, Morss Hall;
RSVP to Volunteer

Open House Demonstration Meeting- Public Speaking for Everyone with Toastmasters:
1/18 (Sa),
10a-12p, 3-370

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration: 1/26 (Su), 3p, W20-306. Registration required
Around Cambridge & Boston
During the winter, discover museums

for FREE using your MIT ID

1. Museum of Fine Arts (MFA); free to the public on Wednesdays from 4pm to 9pm

2. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); free to the public on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm

3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; check out Third Thursdays for different themes, activities, and music

Discover Boston slides
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