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Editor’s Note: ISSS-BU News extends its hearty congratulations to India, winner of the World Cup in Cricket! A big crowd of fans assembled in Undergrounds in the University Union on Saturday to watch the match and cheer on the team.
1. Important Workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues Friday, April 8
2. International Students Receive Graduate School Awards for Excellence
3. In-Person Income Tax Assistance Ends Friday, April 15
4. Income Tax Information: How to Apply for an Extension If You Need More Time to File Your Income Tax Forms
5. Professors to Take Part in Panel Discussion on Tuesday, April 5th
6. Join The Center for Civic Engagement for its April 6 Open House Celebration
7. Career Workshop Especially for International Students: Finding a Job in the United States Thursday, April 7
8. Vietnam Night is Thursday, April 7
9. The Deadline for Filing Federal and State Income Tax Forms is Monday, April 18!
10. Pre-Registration for Fall 2011 Has Begun
11.Attention Undergraduates! Get Help With Planning Your Fall 2011 Course Schedule
Learn about your options under U.S. immigration law from special guest and featured speaker, nationally known immigration attorney Stephen Yale-Loehr from the law firm of Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, New York. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
We want to congratulate the following international students who were honored on March 15, 2011 with awards from the Graduate School for excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach. To read the biographies of each winner go to:
A total of fifteen graduate students, both domestic and international, were honored. Well done!!
Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research:
Bin Fang, Materials Science and Engineering
Bridgid Wanjala, Chemistry
Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching:
Tamkin Hussain, Comparative Literature
Emilly Obuya, Chemistry
Mr. Jim Rollo’s last day for providing assistance with income tax filing is Friday, April 15 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Until that date, Mr. Rollo is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the ISSS.
All individuals in F or J status, including F and J dependents, who were in the United States during any part of 2010 must file federal income tax forms, even if they did not have any U.S. earned income!
The deadline for filing income tax forms is Monday, April 18, 2011. What happens if you have income and are unable to file your federal and state income tax forms by the April 18 deadline? You can file for up to a six-month extension of your federal income tax form by completing form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File a Tax Return. You can obtain a similar extension from New York State by filing form IT-370. Supplies of federal form 4868 and New York State form IT-370 are available in the ISSS, in a special file drawer. You may also download them from the link below.
For instructions on how to complete the forms, and for the links for downloading the forms, go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxexten.htmlForms 4868 and IT-370 should be used if you are unable to meet the April 18, 2011 filing deadline for federal and New York State tax returns. Forms 4868 and IT-370 provide an automatic six-month extension. However, forms 4868 and IT-370 do not allow for an extension of any taxes owed. If you owe tax to the U.S. government or the State of New York, you must enclose payment (or an estimated payment) with forms 4868 and IT-370. Do not attempt to file the 4868 or the IT-370 electronically. File them as paper forms. Both forms include instructions.
Students sometime ask whether there are any consequences to not filing tax forms. There can be immigration consequences for failing to file tax forms. For example, applicants wanting to change from F-1 to H-1B (the specialty occupations visa) can be asked by the Immigration Service to submit copies of previous years' income tax forms as part of their H-1B application. Applicants for permanent residency ("green cards") can be asked to show copies of tax forms filed for previous years. A person who appears at a U.S. consulate abroad for consular processing of a permanent residency visa application may be asked to produce U.S. income tax forms from their previous years in the United States.
[From Monday’s Dateline] A roundtable discussion of issues facing the United States will take place from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Mandela Room. The panel features Alan Lockard, visiting assistant professor of economics; John McNulty, assistant professor of political science; Anthony Reeves, visiting assistant professor of philosophy; and Wendy Wall, associate professor of history. The discussion will be moderated by Donald Nieman, dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) will host an open house celebration from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in Room 252 of the Old University Union. The event is free and open to students. The open house is an opportunity for networking and to learn more about one of the University’s newest resources. Free refreshments and tours of the new and improved offices will be provided. CCE serves as the hub for coordinating community engagement and service learning at Binghamton University. Facebook event - http://on.fb.me/eBhZPH
Finding a job in the US for an international student takes much more than talent and a strong desire: it takes a lot of time, energy, effort and a little bit of luck. Come learn how to best prepare for your internship or job search in the US. The target audience is Sophomores, Juniors and first year Masters students. Thursday, April 7, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in Old University Union Room 252.
The Vietnamese Student Association presents Vietnam Night on Thursday April 7 at 7:00pm in University Union Old Union Hall. Advanced tickets are $7 and $9 at the door. Don't miss out on a night of delicious food, culture and entertainment featuring steaming hot pho beef noodle soup, perfectly crusted banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and personally wrapped summer rolls. For more info, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173631992685095 or reserve your ticket through e-mail at mailto:email@example.com
Do you need to know how to properly assemble and mail your federal and New York State income tax forms? Go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxaddress.html
Are you using CINTAX? More than 900 current and former BU students and scholars who are non-residents for tax purposes have requested CINTAX access passwords, but only 583 have gone onto the CINTAX website as of Sunday, April 4. Of those 583 individuals who have accessed CINTAX, more than 500 have completed their income tax forms.
CINTAX is reporting that the average federal refund for BU CINTAX users, for those students entitled to a refund, is $599.00.
For the most up-to-date information on services available to help you with your income tax forms, visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxsem.html
The Registrar’s Office has posted the Fall 2011 Schedule of Classes on BU Brain It can be viewed as a grid schedule of classes and as a detailed schedule of classes. The online schedule is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.
Fall 2011 Pre-Registration has begun. Pre-registration ends on Friday, May 13th. For general information on registration times visit: http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm For your specific registration time for Fall 2011 pre-registration, go to BU Brain
Students with outstanding financial obligations and students who haven't complied with health requirements to the Health Service office will be blocked from registering. Students can also view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through BU Brain.
Accessing your schedule: You can view and print your schedule online by logging into the BU BRAIN. Room assignments shown online are the most accurate and up to date, but know that these assignments are subject to change.
Credit limit: The maximum number of credits you may register for are listed by student level and term at http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm These limits include HPEY or MUSP credits and are enforced regardless of GPA. If you seek to register for more than the stated limit, please follow your school's procedure for petitioning for an overload (see http://bulletin.binghamton.edu).
Undergraduates are invited to attend a series of programs where you can receive assistance with selecting courses during the Fall 2011 pre-registration period.
Undergraduates from all schools are invited to an Academic Advising and Scheduling Fest on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in University Union Old Union Hall. This event is sponsored by the Discovery Center.
The Harpur College Academic Advising Office is offering two “Spring into Advising” programs for Harpur College undergraduates. The first will be held on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in Student Wing Room 331. The second will be held of Tuesday, April 26 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in University Union West Room 324. Attend either one.
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Last Updated: 4/12/11