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Editor’s Note: The University is currently on Spring Break. University offices remain open. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 26.
1. Workload Issues in the ISSS
2. Income Tax Update
3. New CPT Webinars Now Available on the ISSS Employment Webinar Webpage
4. April 8 Post-Graduation Employment Issues Workshop Now Available for On-Line Viewing
5. Canada Makes Changes to the Temporary Resident (Visitor’s) Visa Application Process
6. Recreation Hours for Spring Break Posted
7. Career Event for Japanese Students in New York City on Friday, April 29
8. Volunteers Needed for Make-A-Wish Foundation's Southern Tier Walk/Race For Wishes April 30, 2011
9. International Student Graduation Reception Update
10. J-1 Students and On-Campus Employment
11. Volunteers Needed for Commencement
As we get closer to May, the ISSS is in the midst of its busiest work period. New student visa documents are being mailed on a daily basis and current students come to the office with questions regarding travel, practical training employment, and extensions to name a few! The ISSS is always happy to be of assistance to you, but as will naturally occur during a busy period, it takes staff longer to accomplish office tasks. This includes forms processing, appointments and responses to e-mail messages. So, if it is necessary for you to meet with Karen Keefe-Guzikowski, Shawna Szabo or Ellen Badger, or need to have paperwork processed by ISSS staff, please allow extra time for an appointment, e-mail reply, or paperwork. They appreciate your understanding. Thank you!
CINTAX continues to be available to Binghamton University students and scholars for those who are filing late, and will stay available until July 15, 2011. After that date CINTAX users will be able to access the “printed .pdf” only, but will no longer be able to complete an income tax return. The ISSS will continue to provide CINTAX access codes through July 15 for those students who are filing late, and will maintain its supply of income tax forms for several months, for those who need to file amended returns. Then the forms will be placed in storage. Remember to print a copy of your CINTAX -prepared tax forms for your files before July 15, 2011.
To date, 1088 current and former BU international students and scholars have accessed CINTAX. 500 users were eligible for refunds, and nearly 7.6 million dollars in total gross income was reported by BU CINTAX users
Two new employment webinars have been added to The Employment Webinar webpage.
The first new webinar provides an overview of Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The second new webinar provides step by step instructions on how to apply for Curricular Practical Training. View all four employment webinars at this link:
On Friday, April 8, 2011, nationally known immigration attorney Stephen Yale-Loehr from the law firm of Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, New York presented a very informative workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues. This workshop addressed an number of employment topics, including employment options in the United States beyond Optional Practical Training, the H-1B Visa Category, Labor Certification, PERM, and Employment-Based U.S. Permanent Residency.
The workshop itself and the handouts that were provided as part of the presentation are now available on-line at this link:
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services thanks Mr. Yale-Loehr for granting permission to have his presentation recorded.5. Canada Makes Changes to the Temporary Resident (Visitor’s) Visa Application Process
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services’ travel web page has a section on traveling to Canada: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/index.html.
This section has now been updated with additional links. The changes have been made because Canada now has an electronic version of the Temporary Resident Visa (Visitor) Application http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/visa.asp, and they want applicants for the Temporary Visa to fill out the on-line form, print it, sign it and bring it with them to apply for the visa (or alternatively, mail it in).
The Canadian Visa information packet in the ISSS has also been updated. It no longer contains the paper version of the Temporary Resident Visa Application. Instead, the packet directs students to the link to the electronic Canadian Visa Application Information Page:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/visa.asp The information page contains a link to the actual visa application form, but it also contains important required information on how to complete the form. The ISSS also provides a separate link to the Guide on how to complete the application: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/guides/5256E.PDF
The Canadian visa application fee has not changed, but the list of countries for which there is a ten day waiting period has been updated, so the ISSS “Travel To Canada” webpage shows those additions: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/canada.html The ISSS also provides a link to the Country List for those who need Canadian Visas: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
That list is a very helpful reference that informs BU students if they will need to apply for a Canadian visa or not.
For the upcoming break, Campus Recreation is offering weekday recreation hours for FitSpace, swimming, basketball, badminton and racquetball, as well as a group exercise class each weekday. For detailed information about the break hours and classes go to http://campusrecreation.binghamton.edu and click on the Rec Activities or Group Exercise link in the upper left. Regular hours for recreation programs resume on Tuesday, April 26.
The New York Japan Student Association (NYJSA) announces a career seminar event for Japanese students in New York City on Friday, April 29:
Name: Networking Party between college students and workers
Time: April 29th (Fri.) 6:00PM~8:45PM (5:30PM Doors Open)
Place: Pearl Studios 4th Floor, 500 7th Avenue New York City (between 35th & 36th St.)
The primary purpose of this event is to increase awareness of trends and opportunities in the professions locally among students. It provides practical career and job advice and information from accounts of real life work experiences and success stories by professionals in industry.
This is a great opportunity for students to interact with professionals from the companies in the New York area, and students will be able to have opportunities to do interviews for internship and job positions.
NYJSA is the student association consisting of Japanese student from a variety of universities in New York area. This career/seminar event has been organized by NYJSA mainly for Japanese students and also international students to help find Internship opportunities and job offers.
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Help make it possible for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to continue granting wishes to children in our community who have life-threatening illnesses by volunteering at this annual fundraiser! This year, it will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 7:30am to 11:00am at MacArthur Park off of Vestal Avenue, on Binghamton’s South Side. You can sign up here for one or more areas where volunteers are needed at the event. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, check out their website!
The 25th annual International Student Graduation Reception is Friday, May 20 at 7:00 pm in the University Union Old Union Hall. Invitations will be sent by e-mail in about one week. All students completing their programs who plan to attend need to respond by completing the on-line reply card no later than Monday, May 16! Be sure to include any guests who may accompany you by indicating the appropriate number on the response form.
A large number of international students are graduating Binghamton this year, and we look forward to seeing many of you there. Please note that the date is the Friday of commencement weekend. Food and beverages will be served, there will be many photo opportunities, and a commemorative gift will be given to each student being honored.
Students frequently ask about appropriate dress for the reception. While business suits are not required, consider it a Friday evening out, so feel free to dress up in Western or traditional clothing! The reception should end before 9:00pm, so there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy other evening plans following the reception. Cameras are encouraged, as there will be lots of opportunities for picture taking. This is your evening to celebrate your achievement!
Students in J-1 status who have been offered on-campus employment opportunities for either Summer 2011 or Fall 2011 are reminded that even on-campus employment must be authorized in advance. The ISSS has developed a simple on-line form for J-1 students to complete so that the appropriate authorization letter can be prepared. Visit:11. Volunteers Needed for Commencement
The Office of Commencement invites all faculty, staff and students to support the Spring 2011 graduates by volunteering at one or more commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. Your participation will ensure the events run smoothly and the atmosphere is enjoyable to our graduates and their guests.
You may choose one or more ceremonies: Harpur College morning ceremony, Sunday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m.; professional schools (School of Management, Decker School of Nursing, College of Community and Public Affairs and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering) ceremony, Sunday, May 22, at noon; Harpur College afternoon ceremony, Sunday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m.; or The Graduate School ceremony, Saturday, May 21, at 5 p.m. Volunteers may choose from the following opportunities: ticket taking; ushering; guest seating; program distribution; student registration; and lost and found assistant. Students living on campus will be granted official permission to stay in the residence halls until after the ceremonies on Sunday, May 22. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email with complete volunteer details: parking locations, training, arrival times, event dress, behind-the-scenes info, activity responsibilities and more.
To register as a volunteer, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/commencement/spring/faculty-and-staff/volunteer.html
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