News & Announcements

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This page has the latest news of interest to international scholars. Please address any questions to an advisor in the MIT International Scholars Office.

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Extended Winter Break - Saturday, Dec 23, 2023, to Monday, January 1, 2024

Extended Winter Break - Please note that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s winter break extends from Saturday, Dec 23, 2023, to Monday, January 1, 2024. During that time, the International Scholars Office will be closed.  The Institute will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Please see Resources and Emergency Protocol for guidance regarding travel emergencies.

ISchO Co-Sponsors Women's League Coffee Social and Holiday Wreath Making

MIT Women's League

Join the MIT Women's League for coffee and delicious bakery items and help create the large holiday wreaths that hang at the entrance to 77 Massachusetts Avnue. Co-sponsored by the International Scholars Office.

Additional New Support Offering for Staff, Postdocs, and Faculty

MIT will be hosting two small, moderated discussion groups for all staff, postdocs, and faculty on Thursday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 6: Processing Your Emotions During Troubling Times.

Upcoming Webinars to Help Navigate Uncertainty and Foster a Compassionate Community

Two upcoming webinars have been organized for the staff, postdoctoral and faculty community to help with processing distressing events and navigating difficult conversations. Staff members in all roles are welcome. Dates, times, more details, and links to join are available on the Human Resources website (Touchstone required); registration is not required.

MIT Postdoc Association Hosts Seminar, "U.S. Immigration and Employment Options for International Postdocs and Graduate Students"

The MIT Postdoctoral Association (PDA) will host Jim Arkell of the Arkell Immigration Team of Dunn Law Firm, LLP. The Arkell Immigration Team will discuss U.S. immigration and employment options for international postdocs and graduate students. The PDA's announcement and the signup link are below.

Potential impact on international students and scholars of a US government shutdown

UPDATE - November 13, 2023: The new deadline for Congress to pass a long-term spending bill to keep the U.S. government funded is November 17, 2023. Please see below for more information about the potential impact on international students and scholars of a U.S. government shutdown.

MIT International Education Week - November 13-17, 2023

International Education Week is November 13-17, 2023. Click here for a compilation of cultural and educational events happening around campus this week.

ISchO Fall Welcome Reception

ISchO's Fall Welcome Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 2 pm - 4 pm. Download flyer

Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Processing Suspended in Israel

he U.S. Embassy in Israel announced that due to the ongoing security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv are not offering nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services at this time.

Postdoc Appreciation Week

ISchO will begin issuing digitally-signed DS-2019s starting July 17, 2023

As a result of the recent regulatory change allowing for digital signatures and electronic transmission of DS-2019s, ISchO will begin issuing digitally-signed DS-2019s.

Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases to Take Effect June 17, 2023

On June 17, 2023, the nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, and J visas), will increase from $160 to $185.