ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY
1
PLEASE SUBMIT QUESTIONS 1 DAY IN ADVANCE OF FORUM. Use this form to ask questions that you would want answered in the ISO Virtual Forums for Travel Guidance. These should be general questions. Before submitting a question, please look through already asked questions to make sure you do not repeat a question.Please indicate start of program (Example: Fall 2021; Spring 2019, etc.)
2
QUESTIONS Program Start Date
3
What should a sample question look like? Fall 2021
4
SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS FOR THE VIRTUAL FORUM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021 AT 7:00PM
5
QUESTIONS FOR FORUM ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2021 AT 12PM
6
I will join MIT in Spring term 2022 as a PhD Student. What is the earliest day I can enter the US with my F-1 VISA? I've been told it is 30 days before the start of the program but I am not sure when is that; Is it January 31 which is the first day of classes? Also, I submitted my I-20 request form ~6 weeks ago and have not received my electronic copy yet. What should I do?Spring 2022
7
My visa is F1 with multiple entrances and it will expire on 2022 July 22th. If I want to travel back to my country and return to the US before that expiration date, what documentation I need to fulfill? what I have to do if my return date is after my visa expiration date? my program is Ph.D.Fall 2021
8
I am from Ethiopia and my visa is F1. It expires in june 2022. Right now I am applying for a MISTI summer, which is going to be in another country. How is it going to work? Do I need to renew my visa before that or does my I20 acts as a visa? And to renew it do I need to go to Ethiopia?Fall 2021
9
Do Iranians need a Canadian visa to travel to Canada (In case of having a multiple F1 US visa)? Does MIT provide any letter or document that Iranians could travel to Canada without a Canadian visa?Fall 2021
10
What should a sample question look like? Fall 2021
11
QUESTIONS FOR FORUM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2021 AT 12PM
12
I plan to travel to Europe for the Winter Break and come back to the US in mid-January. Do you anticipate new travel restrictions to come to the US due to the new covid variant? If I get stuck in Europe, could I get funded by MIT and work remotedly? +1Fall 2016
13
Graduate students are required to be in the US for their appointments this year. Given that instruction, how long are we allowed to leave the US for winter break? E.g. is it okay to leave for two months (assuming the advisors are okay with it?)Fall 2017
14
If there is a travel ban for the EU, will my current N.I.E. excemption on my F1 visa be valid?
15
Does the recent travel ban affect students as well? I know that previously there was an exemption for students on an F1 Visa and we were able to come into the US. I am from South Africa and was scheduled to go back this December. It would be good to know if the exemption for students still applies.
16
I requested a new passport because my current one is set to expire in April 2022. It's not going to arrive sooner than 3 months. I still have the old one: can I use it to travel home for the Holidays? Or would I be denied re-entry due to it not being valid for 6 months or more at the time of re-entry to the US?
17
I'm submiting a OPT STEM-extension application to USCIS this week. My current Post-completion OPT expires in January. Assuming USCIS receives the application before Dec 20th, can I travel home for the holidays and return before my Post-completion OPT expires? Or is that too risky?
18
Would you advice a student from Kenya to travel home given the new travel reestrictions? Do we anticipate there will be any more restrictions, and if they are re-imposed, will I be able to complete the spring semester virtually from home?
19
I am from Ethiopia and my visa is F1. It expires in june 2022. Right now I am applying for a MISTI summer, which is going to be in another country. How is it going to work? Do I need to renew my visa before that or does my I20 acts as a visa? And to renew it do I need to go to Ethiopia?
20
How quickly will I receive my new i20 with a new signature for travel, once I submit the request and also ask for express shipment via UEMS? Thanks!
21
I received my new F-1 with travel signature, planned travel on 13th Dec. however, I may need to travel to another city in the US before I exit the country for personal reasons. Do I need to get another F-1 travel signature/document from the ISO for this domestic flight?Fall 2021
22
Any guidance available to people travelling to the newly restricted countries (e.g. South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, etc.)?
23
I am currently a graduate student enrolled in the SDM program. I have been conducting my studies remotely for the past semester, I am based in London. I will be travelling to Boston in January for a required in-person week. I am a US citizen, is there anything specific that will affect my travel plans?
24
I cannot attend any of those. Could you provide the recorded session?
25
I am submitting an post-completion OPT but my F-1 visa has expired. Can I go back to China once I get my phyiscal EAD card - is it ok to re-issue the visa at US embassy during the grace period (between my end of date of end of program list on i-20 and the start date on EAD card)?
26
SUBMIT QUESTIONS BELOW FOR FORUM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021 AT 7:00PM Eastern US Time
27
What should a sample question look like? Fall 2021
28
Can we renew our visa in the US or another country rather than where the visa was originally issued?
29
If I am planning to travel, how early must I get the travel signature? And what other criterias do I need to fulfill?
30
I'm planning to travel domestically for a research trip in January (i.e. not leaving the US, but leaving Massachussets). Do I need a travel signature? Are there any other documents (other than the "usual" visa documents, e.g. some letter authorising this research trip, etc.) that I'd need?Fall 2021
31
Does a negative MIT Covid Test work as a required proof at the airport?
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100