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SUBMIT QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE OF EACH ISO VIRTUAL FORUM. Use this form to ask questions that you would want answered during the ISO Virtual Forum on either Thurs, June 23 at 9:30am ET or Wed, July 27 at 7pm ET. Before submitting a question, please look through already asked questions to make sure you do not repeat a question.
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SCROLL DOWN TO MIDDLE OF PAGE TO WRITE QUESTIONS FOR FORUM ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 2022 AT 7PM; Below are Questions from Thursday June 23 10am to 11am: Visas & Travel Forum; Are you an Incoming or Continuing Student?
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What should a sample question look like? incoming
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I got my interview slot on August 2. However my flight departure date is 11 August. Can MIT issue a supporting letter to expedite my visa interview date to mid July? Incoming
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My visa was checked for administrative processing. Can MIT do something to help?incoming
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Will we have to pay taxes/How de we proceed?incoming
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Will we have to open a US bank account and if yes will we get some infos/tips on it?incoming
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Is there a list of items that we should preferably get from our country for the US?incoming
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How does the Customs check during immigration at the airport look like? Is there anything we need to prepare for it?incoming
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Can campus transportation be provided from Logan International Airport to MIT on-campus facilities?incoming
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Is it preferable to get Bank account and Sim card before landing in US?incoming
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I will be under the distance option the first year of the SDM program. Can I hold a Visa B1/B2 for the 2 week bootcamp? Will I receive any supporting document to present when entring the US?incoming
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I had my interview on May 17th and have been directed to a security check ( form DS5535 ) is there a way for MIT to expedite the check as it might take up to 6 monthsincoming
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My visa was checked and in this case, the visa only have 1-year validity. I was wondering how might that impact my entry to the US after one year, for example, when I travel during my OPT extension periods.incoming
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What is the latest date I should do my SEVIS transfer if I am on OPT right now sponsored by another institute?incoming
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When can we collect our student IDs? incoming
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Do we need to receive our I20 on the mail to proceed with booking the Visa Interview Appointment? I still haven't received my I20 and interview slots are very scarce over the following months. I'm afraid I won't be able to book it before my departure date (Aug 26th). Can F-1 visa students receive priority when booking interviews?
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If my F1 visa expires May 2024, how can I exit and enter the US during OPT period? I've heard some cases of people with OPT that were denied entry to the US because the F1 visa was already expired. How can we avoid this?!incoming
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Is the ASPE Health Benefits Plan provided by the Fulbright Commission sufficient to meet the minimum health insurance requirements for study in Massachusetts and can it be used to waive the MIT Extended Insurance Plan for graduate students?Incoming
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My scholarship requires me to waive the MIT's health insurance plan and use the health insurance that the scholarship provided. How can I do so?Incoming
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I am a canadian citizen and I just got admitted into SDM graduate program. I will have an in-person orientation from 8/22-9/1 this year. However, I am going to study remotely for the next year. I will come to campus in-person the following year. In this case, when should I request the I-20 form? Should I request it next year or I should request it now? incoming
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My I-20 was issued by MIT without a signature on page 1 (under school attestation). Can I still use this to apply for a visa?
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My I-20 is until May, but my program length is longer. Will I need to re-apply for a new I-20 by May?incoming
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I paid the SEVIS fee for my F1 visa to enter as a college student. I need to re-do the F1 visa application process for grad school at MIT as I travelled outside the US and my visa expired after college. Do I need to pay the SEVIS fee again too?incoming
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My in-person visa interview requirement was waived (I am a British citizen using the London US Embassy), and instead they placed me in a "virtual queue" to wait for the Consular Section to tell me they're ready to review my application. The email said it could take "several weeks or months" before I am contacted to mail them my documents for review. Is MIT able to help expedite this in a similar process to the in-person interviews?incoming
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My I20 from undergrad (4 yrs) in an US institution expires on July 2023. Do I need to appy for a new visa and obtain a new SEVIS to enter once I leave for the summer? I will have completed the SEVIS transfer before I leave but will not have obtained the new I20. With the SEVIS transfer successful, will my new I20 have the same SEVIS ID as the one I currently have? Thank you!incoming
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In my I20 form: How to answer to the question "will you attend MIT with your spouse"? Our wedding will be 4 days before the flight to MIT and at the beginning of the semester we will not be officially married in our country (it takes a few months to change the status..). My partner doesn't need a dependent visa.incoming
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I graduated in May but my OPT doesn't start until end of July. Can I leave the US if I am working on a startup idea and don't have a letter of employment?graduating
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Does MIT cover for your travel if you're on a full scholarship? If so, how is it done?incoming
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What documents should I bring to my F1 visa interview in addition to the ones mentioned on my DS160 confirmation page?incoming
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I am not able to get a visa appointment slot in India. My flight departure date is Aug 16, 2022. Can MIT help me in this?incoming
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What are the additional fees for using FlyWire to pay tuition from a non-US bank account?incoming
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Current MIT student in U.S. but visa has expired. Graduating this August and staying in the US. for 1year OPT without formal employment organised yet. Do I need to return home to renew my visa BEFORE graduation to ensure I get F1 renewed visa as I will still be an MIT student OR can I renew it after graduation without being a student / having formal employment and still have F1 status.graduating
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Questions for FOR FORUM ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 2022 AT 7PM
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What should a sample question look like? incoming
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What is a good way to get questions answered if my department ISO doesn't replay to emails after 1-2 weeks?incoming
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Is it possible to change my visa from J1 to F1 while subject to 2 years home residency requirement? If yes, can I do it while staying in the US using Form I-539? What if the J1 visa has expired and currently in Academic Training?continuing
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Will we have to pay taxes/How de we proceed?incoming
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Will we have to open a US bank account and if yes will we get some infos/tips on it? Are there partnershipts with MIT?incoming
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Where can we find the calendar for the upcoming year and integration/first few weeks thereincoming
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When will we select classes?incoming
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I was told that an F-1 Visa will not be issued for me since I will be studying the first year of SDM remotely. I will attend the 2-week bootcamp in august with my B1/B2 Visa. When entering the US can I state that I am attending a bootcamp?
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For summer internships between bachelors and meng, should we be on CPT, pre-completion CPT or post-completion OPT?continuing
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I need a visa letter from MIT for my visa interview, but the only one I find on ISO website is for Fall 2021 still. Can you update a Fall 2022 version?continuing
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Other than the required documents listed on the DS-160, what else should I bring to my visa interview? Where can I find this information on the ISO website?continuing
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I will be applying to renew my US visa in a third country (not my home country). What additional documents should I bring to my interview? What should I be aware of?continuing
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can some travel arrangement be done from Logan International Airport to MIT campus for the first time we arrive
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My flight will arrive Logan International Airport about 6pm and I will be carrying two luggages, what kind of transportation do you recommend to travel safely to MIT campus? E.g., subway, taxi, uber, shuttle bus?incoming
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I'm an international student with an F1 visa, if I'm doing an RA, what is my tax rate?incoming
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Can I apply a SSN from ISO?incoming
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I am a dual citizen and have two passports (let's call them Passport #1 and Passport #2). My US F-1 visa is in Passport #1. This summer, I would like to travel to Canada by car. Passport #1 is not accepted into Canada without a Canadian visa, while Passport #2 is accepted without a visa. Can I enter Canada by car with Passport #2 and return to the US by car with Passport #1? Would this affect my immigration status in the US somehow? Continuining
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I had an J1 visa in 2016 that is subject to 2 years home residency, and I have been on F1 since 2017. I'm planning to apply for green card, so I'm wondering whether I need to obtain my J1 waiver before I submit the green card application, or I can submit the application while the waiver is still in processing?graduating
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I will be couch surfing between 3 different apartments in August before my new lease starts in September. How and where do I report my new residential addresses in the interim?Continuining
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I'm still in process to secure my (PhD) funding, so I couldn't apply I-20 yet. Is there any deadline regarding I-20 / Visa processes?Incoming
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I am a continuing F1 student and haven't completed my I9 form yet (after being at MIT for over a year), should I fill the form now, or is too late (the form syas it should be filled no later than the first day of employment)?Continuining
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I graduated from Howard Univ. in Dec. and have been on OPT since, but my F1 Visa has expired. Would MIT issue me a Form I-20 without any issue? My understanding is that as long as your Form I-20 is valid and you do not leave the US, you are okay with an expired F1 visa.Continuing
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My visa application has been under administrative processing for more than a month at the date of the webinar. Based on past experience, what are my prospects of getting the visa on time to attend orientation?Incoming
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I am a PhD student and I plan to enroll next year as a non-resident student while residing in a different country. What's the process, and can I concurrently enroll in a different institute as a visiting student?Continuing
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Do we have to create a SSN? Can we have access to it as an international student?incoming
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If we're missing a mandatory US vaccine, can we do it upon arrival?incoming
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My MIT pay balance shows tuitions to pay but I have an RA position taking the tuitions in charge, what do we have to do?Incoming
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