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Resources and Emergency Protocol for International Scholars

 

Lost or Stolen Documents

  • If your passport was lost or stolen, immediately contact the embassy of your home country in the country where you are currently located, to apply for a new passport. Find embassies and consultes worldwide

  • If your U.S. visa stamp was in the passport that was lost or stolen, you will also need to apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate after your new passport has been issued. U.S. embassies and consulates

  • Lost or stolen document: Form DS-2019 or I-797 Approval Notice - Contact the ISchO during office hours.

    Travel validation on your DS-2019 - The need for a travel validation signature on your DS-2019 is not usually considered an emergency. Please plan ahead, and request a travel signature well in advance of your departure. If you have already left the U.S., contact the ISchO during business hours.

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Travel Emergencies

If you are detained at an airport or other U.S. Port of Entry:

  • You may not be allowed to make a phone call until you have seen an officer or until a minimum amount of time has passed. If/when you are allowed to use your phone, you may call the International Scholars Office (ISchO) at 617-253-2851 during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm).

  • Outside of business hours, call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212. Be sure to identify yourself as a non-student (for example, a "visiting scholar" or a "postdoc").

    If your situation requires assistance from the ISchO, the MIT Police will contact an ISchO staff member.

    Be sure to update the ISchO about any urgent situation that occurred after hours, even if the “emergency” part of the situation is over, or you are seeking assistance or resolution elsewhere.

Medical, security, and travel assistance for MIT employees who are outside the U.S.:

  • Contact International SOS, a company with which MIT has contracted to provide emergency medical, security, and travel assistance. International SOS has 24-hour alarm centers, international clinics, and remote-site medical facilities on all five continents.

    Available to MIT employees (faculty, staff, Postdoctoral Associates). Not available to Postdoctoral Fellows, visiting scholars, and other non-employees. See International SOS website for details.

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Medical Emergencies

For life-threatening medical or mental health emergencies:

  • If you are on campus, call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 from any campus phone

  • Call 911 if you are off campus

If you are travelling outside the U.S.:

  • Seek the nearest medical facility.

  • Contact the embassy of your home country in the country in which you are currently located and in need of emergency assistance. Find embassies and consulates worldwide

  • Medical, security, and travel assistance for MIT employees who are outside the U.S. - Contact International SOS, a company with which MIT has contracted to provide emergency medical, security, and travel assistance. International SOS has 24-hour alarm centers, international clinics, and remote-site medical facilities on all five continents. Available to MIT employees (faculty, staff, Postdoctoral Associates). Not available to Postdoctoral Fellows, visiting scholars, and other non-employees. See International SOS website for details.

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Other Emergencies

For emergencies of any kind including but not limited to:

  • theft
  • fire
  • violence
  • sexual assault and misconduct
  • missing person

If you are on campus, call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 from any campus phone.

If you are off campus, call 911.

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Last Updated: December 2018

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