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ISO Newsletter
April 23, 2021
Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 Expiring in May/June 2021?
Don't forget to request extension BEFORE expiration of form
If your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 will be expiring in April, May, or June 2021, and you will NOT be completing your degree requirements by that date, you will need to request an Extension of your visa document BEFORE the current document end date.

Please review the ISO Program Extension webpage for instructions on how to request an extension.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your ISO Advisor after reviewing the webpage information.
Tax Resources for May 17 deadline
Tax Workshop: Recording & Slides available here 
Students are required to file income tax returns for all who had been physically present in the U.S. during the 2020 calendar year. Students physically inside the U.S. during 2020, whether they worked or not, are required to file an income tax return. The usual deadline is April 15 of each year; however, the deadline for federal and Massachusetts state income tax forms for year 2020 was extended to May 17, 2021.

A brief overview of the available tax resources are as follows:

Tax Guidance for Non-Resident Tax Filers
The MIT Office of the Vice President for Finance, in cooperation with the International Scholars Office (ISchO) and the International Students Office (ISO), created a website for foreign nationals to provide resources and links related to receiving payments from MIT and guidance on income taxes. This is the best place to start with any questions about taxes and filing your income tax returns. 

MIT Tax Workshops Presentation Recordings/Slidedecks
On March 2, 2021, MIT hosted Tax Workshops for MIT students and scholars regarding the filing the 2020 calendar year income tax returns.

The Workshop recordings and slidedecks are posted on the MIT VPF “How to Get Tax Help” webpage.  

Additional tax information for international students and scholars is available on the VPF website.

Glacier Tax Prep Software
The ISO makes available to MIT international students for free a license for the Glacier Tax Prep software to assist in completing the Federal income tax return. The software is available here

By the end of February 2021, any students who have worked at MIT during 2020, including receiving assistantships or fellowships, should have received the necessary documents needed to complete their income tax returns by the May 17 deadline.
Navigating MIT Series - Spring 2021
Final Session:
Motivation and Productivity: COVID-19 Edition

Thursday, April 27, 2021 - 1:00 PM EST

Sign up for each virtual session at this link
Various topics to support international students with adjustment to MIT and the U.S. during the spring semester. Most topics are repeated from the fall semester since some students have newly arrived for the spring. Open to all international students.

All sessions will be held virtually over Zoom. Even if you cannot attend the session, if you register, you will receive the slides (a recording may not be possible).

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Zoom Break: Among Us
Thursday, April 29, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Join to play an hour of Among Us with us!

The game can be found here for Android and here for iOS.

A quick introduction video to how the game works is here!


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Language Conversation Exchange "Conversation Cafes"
Next Event on Friday, 7 May, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Co-sponsored by LCE & ISO

NOTE: We'll be using a new video-calling platform called Ohyay. You can find our LCE cafe space here:

After a short opening culture or language presentation, language learners will be sorted into breakout rooms by language where you can practice with native speakers.

Participants, please start arriving at 11:50 AM so that presentation can start promptly at 12noon.

To join our cafe, follow these steps:
  1. Create an Ohyay account (should only take a minute). Please use the email address you used to register for our Conversation Cafes—most likely your MIT email.
  2. Enter our Ohyay cafe at this link:
  3. If you have previously attended an LCE Virtual Conversation Cafe, you should be able to enter automatically! If not, please fill out this Google form so we can add you to the space.
  4. If you have any questions about getting started with Ohyay, check out this guide.
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SaveTFP Fridays
Next Event: Paint Night Ft. No Bake Brownies
Today, Friday April 23, 9:00-11:00PM EST

Zoom room:
All of the supplies for the event have already been requested, but feel free to join us if you'd like to meet new people and paint your own pot/make your own mug cake!
Open to everyone

Various events happening each Friday during the spring semester

Add our Google Calendar and/or fill out this form to be added to our mailing list!
MIT CAPD - Career Events in April
Office of Career Advising & Professional Development

Career Search Strategy: How to Identify Opportunities and Best Practices for Job Searching
Wednesday, April 28th at 12pm
This seminar provides advice on how to prepare and conduct an effective job search. This presentation includes questions that every job seeker should ask themselves before they begin their search to ensure a focused search on roles and companies aligned to the job seeker’s values, interests, and skills. This event is tailored for undergraduates. Graduate students, postdocs, and alumni are also welcome to attend.

General Overview of Career Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, April 28th at 1:30pm
This comprehensive seminar provides an overview of career opportunities for graduate trained students with emphasis on the various skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in sectors including academia, industry, government and non‐profit. This event is tailored for graduate students and postdocs. Undergraduates and alumni interested in exploring PhD career paths are also welcome to attend.
The guest speaker Lauren Celano has experience in the life sciences, biotech, consulting, venture capital, and investment banking. Learn more about Lauren here
The Personal Empowerment Series
Visit ENGAGE.MIT.EDU to RSVP for each workshop

May 4, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST:
Leading through Connections

May 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST:
How to leverage fear to achieve success 
Sponsored by Student Organizations Leadership Engagement (SOLE), in partnership with MCR, DUSP, Political Science, ISO, MITAA, VPR, PKG, CAPD, LGBTQ@MIT, and OMP
Wellness Events & Resources
Relationship Office Hours
Monday, April 26, 2021
12noon to 3pm
Sign up for 20 minute slot

Virtual Confidential Consults with a relationship and sexual health expert from the Office of Violence Prevention and Response. Sessions are up to 20 minutes.
*If you have an immediate concern about an unhealthy or unsafe relationship and you would like to connect, call us 617-253-2300 M-F 9-5 or email an advocate

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Coming up, the VPR office (in partnership with Student Advocates for Survivors) is hosting two events for the MIT community to learn coping and support skills. Learn about them below! 

Coping Skills to Support Healing
Join VPR & SAS in a workshop designed to increase your coping skills "toolbox" to use in moments of distress
Tuesday, April 27 @ 6:30pm

"What am I Supposed to Say?"
a VPR Workshop on supporting the survivors in your life
Tuesday, May 4 @ 6:00pm

*If you have an immediate concern about an unhealthy or unsafe relationship and you would like to connect, call us 617-253-2300 M-F 9-5 or email an advocate
VPR Website
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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