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Resources and Emergency Protocol for International Scholars

 

Travel and Immigration Emergencies

Contact the International Scholars Office (ISchO):

  • Call 617-253-2851 Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Come to E18-209 Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contacting ISchO After Hours:

  • If you have an emergency when the ISchO is closed, call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 from any campus phone.

    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.

If you are travelling outside the U.S.:

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

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

  • If your U.S. visa stamp is 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 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.

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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

  • Contact International SOS. International SOS is 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 covering five continents. Available to MIT employees (faculty, staff, Postdoctoral Associates). Not available to Postdoctoral Fellows, visiting scholars, and other non-employees. See 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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Helpful Resources

Last Updated: March 2018

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