News and Announcements

April 2020

Beware of Scams
March 24, 2020

The ISO has received new reports of some common scam phonecalls that are targeting international students (though some of these calls have also been received by ISO Staff).  We have also seen media reports of scammers using concerns about Coronavirus to try and convince that purchases or funds should be provided over the phone or […]

SCAM ALERT: SSN status, Calls from Government, Courier companies
March 23, 2020

The ISO has received new reports of some common scam phonecalls that are targeting international students (though some of these calls have also been received by ISO Staff).This includes a new scam by phone, claiming the ISO is calling and asking for signifcant amounts of money.  The IS will not contact students by phone to […]

U.S. Federal Tax Filing Deadline Changed to July 15, 2020
March 21, 2020

To follow up on our posting yesterday, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that they are officially changing the income tax filing deadline for 2019 income tax returns from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. As announced on March 20, individuals who owe tax as part of […]

Updating Address Information if Moving in the U.S. or Abroad
March 21, 2020

International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to continually update SEVIS about any address changes within 10 days of any move.  The following guidance will assist the ISO in assisting you in reporting address updates to SEVIS. (a) If a students is returning to home country or abroad during the Spring term, but […]

MIT International Scholars Office posts Q&A on COVID-19 Guidance Impact on International Scholars/Researchers
March 20, 2020

The MIT International Scholars Office (ISchO) issued this Q&A on the COVID-19.  This information was shared directly with MIT international scholars as well as Department, Lab, and Center HR administrators. The guidance can be accessed directly on the International Scholars Office website. 

U.S. State Department Suspends Routine Visa Services in Most Countries
March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of State has announced that, effective March 18, 2020, it is suspending routine visa services “in most countries”.  The official announcement is available on the State Department website. Individuals are advised to check the website of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate where they would be applying for any visa service to determine its current […]

USDHS Announces Restriction on “Non-Essential” Travel Between Canada-U.S.-Mexico
March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued joint statements with the Governments of Canada and Mexico that “Non-Essential” travel between the countries will be temporarily restricted in measures to combat COVID-19.  The restriction will go into effect on March 21, 2020 and will be in place for at least the next […]

USCIS Temporarily Suspends In-Person Services at Field Offices; No Change to USCIS Service Centers and Mail Lockbox Centers.
March 20, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the temporary closure of in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to combat the spread of COVID-19.  The temporary service suspension is from March 18-April 1, 2020. This suspension does NOT currently apply to USCIS Service Centers or USCIS Mail Lockbox […]

U.S Tax Payment Deadline Changed to July 15, 2020; Tax Return Filing Deadline Still April 15, 2020
March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that individuals who owe tax as part of the income tax filing process this year can defer payment of those additional taxes until July 15, 2020 without interest or penalties. This announcement does NOT change the income tax return filing deadline for 2019 […]

ISO Office Hours
March 19, 2020

The ISO will be OPEN today, Thursday, March 19, from 10:00am-3:00pm for document pickup/dropoff only. As of Friday, March 20, the ISO will operate virtually (no staff physically in the office) until further notice in line with MIT’s COVID-19 response. ISO Advisors are available by email, phone, or by scheduling a WebEx appointment (request appointment […]