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ISO Newsletter
May 28, 2021
ISO Closed next Monday

The ISO, along with other offices and departments at MIT, will be closed Monday, May 31, 2021 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

We will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Reminder: Please update iMIT with your scheduled visa interview or visa approved information
iMIT website
In order to help track visa processing experiences at U.S. Embassies/Consulates around the world, and to help advocate for our students, we ask for your assistance in reporting when you have secured your visa interview appointment and when you receive your visa.

You can complete this reporting in iMIT with the following steps:
*Login to iMIT (
*Click on the left-hand menu “Admissions”
*Click on the button “Visa Interview & Approval”
*Select the appropriate E-Forms, complete the information, and click “Submit”

Please note that if your visa interview appointment changes, please go into iMIT and submit a new “Visa Interview Scheduled” eform.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
Reminder: Check I-20 or DS-2019 for Travel Signature
If you are returning to the US in the summer or fall, please make sure you have a valid travel signature
For returning F-1 students and returning J-1 students, the travel signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 should be valid within one year when entering U.S.

This requirement does NOT apply to new students who have never entered the U.S. for their degree program at MIT

Some exceptions apply to returning students, and you may need a valid signature within the past 6 months

With the ISO working remotely, it is NOT possible to drop off/pick up your Form I-20 or DS-2019 to request a travel signature. Students will need to request a new Form via iMIT. To request a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 with travel signature:

(1) Login to iMIT 
(2) Click on the left-hand menu “(F-1 / J-1) Student Services”
(3) Click on and complete the eform “Request Replacement of Form I-20/DS-2019”, and select request reason “Travel Signature”
(4) Be sure to click “Submit” on the eform once you have completed all fields and document uploads to the eform. 

Once your new document is completed, ISO will scan/email you an electronic version that you can print/sign and carry with your previous Forms. 

*Processing time for a new document is 10 business days.

Please be sure to consult the “Visas and Travel” section of the ISO website, and specifically the “Entering the U.S." section for guidance on documents needed to travel/re-enter the U.S.
Digital Diplomas @MIT
Did you know that all graduating students are eligible to receive a digital version of their diploma at no cost?
Look out for an email from the Registrar’s Office inviting you to download the Blockcerts Wallet app on your mobile device and add MIT as an issuer. Complete these steps before Commencement to ensure that you receive your digital diploma as soon as it is available. 

Cooking with Antoinette
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
12:00 PM EDT
For her monthly cooking lessons, Antoinette will be teaching us how to cook Spinach & Mushroom Quiche and Macaroni Salad!  

More details soon.

Recurring Zoom Link:

Sign Up requested for new participants

Navigating MIT slides/recordings
Spring 2021 semester
On-Campus Graduate Housing
Self Selection Waiting List open through October 15
On-Campus Housing Self-Selection Waiting List process is currently open through October 15! This is a first-come, first-served housing selection process where students apply to enter the Self-Selection Waiting List.

Applications accepted through MyHousing and then they have the opportunity to view available units on a weekly basis and select a unit.

Visitors/Post Docs/Affiliates who are interested in living on-campus, they may express their interest in on-campus housing by submitting a Waiting List Interest Form.  Visitors may begin self-selecting an on-campus housing assignment on a weekly basis, starting June 7

Additional information about the Self-Selection Waiting List process is available on the HRS website
More Information
MIT COOK Recipe Submission

Share your recipes by Friday, June 11, 2021
Along with MITAC and MIT Women’s League we are proud to announce the MIT COOK (Culinary Offerings from Our Kitchens) Community! Please share your family’s favorite recipe and let us know why it is special to you. MIT Endicott House’s Executive Chef will be selecting three recipes to be prepared during a live cooking demonstration. Submissions will be compiled for a printed book to be placed for sale, proceeds to go to Cambridge, MA area charity of choice.

Submission must be received prior to June 11, 2021.
Submit Here
Wellness Events & Resources
Daily Table grocery store
Central Square
No one should have to choose between their health and their budget when it comes to food. That's why Daily Table sources nutritious, delicious food at prices that every budget can afford --an average of 30% less than other local supermarkets.
MIT Community Wellness
New classes beginning in June

Available Classes:
Qigong Meditation
Family and Baby Yoga
Roll + Restore
MIT International Students Office
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Office Hours:
9:00-16:00 (M-F)
Closed (W) 10:00-11:30
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