The Newcomer's Almanac is a publication of the Interchange Institute and is brought to you each month compliments of the International Scholars Office. You must have an MIT certificate to access the newsletter.
March edition - topics includeTipping and the Minimum Wage, What's So Funny?, St. Patrick's Day, and Summer Camps.
February edition - topics include President's Day, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month.
January edition - topics include America's Weight Problem, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Your Car in Winter.
New! PowerPoint slides from ISchO's tax information session on February 26, 2014*
*You must have an MIT computer certificate to access these slides.
Presented by the International Scholars Office for MIT Faculty and Researchers (non-students).
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
9:30 am* - 10:30 am
Room 32-123 (Stata Center)
*Please arrive early so you do not miss any critical information. We will begin promptly at 9:30 am.
The ISchO staff will provide general information about federal (U.S.) and Massachusetts state tax filing requirements and give instructions for using Windstar Foreign National Tax Resource.
We regret that we will not be able to answer questions specific to your individual tax situation or tax return.
Windstar is an Internet-based system that is available to international scholars with MIT certificates and kerberos passwords. The website contains detailed tax-related information as well as tax preparation software.
Windstar tax preparation software is designed primarily for individuals who are Nonresident Aliens for Federal Tax Purposes in F, J, M, or Q visa status.
Limited information for H-1B, TN and O status will be available in this workshop. More information is posted on the ISchO website.
The United States Supreme Court has declared the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This is the statute that prevented the Immigration Service from recognizing as valid same sex marriages even where those marriages were legal in the state (or foreign country) where they took place.
In light of this development, it is now possible for foreign nationals who entered into a legal same sex marriage to immediately seek and obtain any benefits accorded to spouses under the immigration laws. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
May 24, 2013
A special presentation for MIT international Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows on "Permanent Residence Options for Future Employment" was held on May 15, 2013. Slides from the presentation can be downloaded here. You must have an MIT certificate to access the slides.
Starting in late April/early May 2013, arrival procedures at U.S. air and sea ports of entry will change:
Beware of a Scam Where Someone Pretending to be an Immigration Officer Calls You.
The ISchO has received notice about a new scam potentially victimizing foreign nationals and we wanted to alert you to it. According to one report, the individual will receive a call from someone claiming to be a US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer, who will have certain correct information on the individual, including the person’s name and address. The caller will state that there is some discrepancy in the USCIS records, and ask for confirmation of data, such as an I-94 number, an “A” number, or a visa control number. The caller will then tell the individual that there is a penalty for not clearing up the discrepancy, and that the individual is to send a sum of money via Western Union, to an address the caller provides.
Be on alert if you or any one you know receives such calls and report them to appropriate law enforcement authorities, which may include the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, whose Consumer Sentinel database is accessed by criminal and civil law enforcement authorities worldwide.