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1. Problem with ISSS On-Line Web Forms
2. International Health Insurance Rates and Benefits for 2011-12 Announced
3. Warning: Income Tax E-Mail Scam
4. New U.S. State Department Website for J-1 Visa Holders
5. Opportunities to Get Involved and Make a Difference
6. I-94 Card Issues
Sometime after 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, a problem developed with the server that hosts the Office of International Student and Scholar Services on-line web forms. Therefore, international students and scholars who attempted to fill out the on-line forms listed below have been unable to submit them since that time. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to have the problem resolved as soon as possible. All web forms are confirmed within 24 hours of receipt.
The following web forms are affected by this problem:
Leadership Volunteer Application
Letter of Certification Request
Letter of Invitation Request
Also affected is the
International Student Response Sheet for new students
If you believe that you submitted an ISSS on-line form beginning 4:00pm on June 15, 2011 until the present but did not receive an email confirmation from our office, please follow the instructions below for re-submission. Also, if you have been attempting to submit any of the above ISSS on-line forms without success, please follow the instructions below for re-submission.
Click on the link above for the form you want to complete. Fill out the form but do not press the submit button. Instead, print out the information, and either scan it as a file attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax the form to 1-607-777-2889.
Again, the ISSS apologies for this inconvenience to you. If you have questions, please send an email message to email@example.com. International Health Insurance Rates and Benefits for 2011-12 Announced
The State University of New York (SUNY) has announced the international health insurance rates and benefits for the new policy year, for the period August 15, 2011 through August 14, 2012. The student international health insurance charge for the Fall 2011 semester (five months: August 15, 2011 – January 14, 2012) will be $477.00, an increase of $23.00 when compared with the rate from Fall 2010. The student international health insurance charge for Spring-Summer 2012 (seven months: January 15, 2012 – August 14, 2012) will be $667.75, an increase of $32.00 when compared with the rate from Spring-Summer 2011. The cost of medical evacuation-repatriation insurance for funded graduate students will be $42.60 for both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters, an increase of $5.10 per semester when compared with the semester rate for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
Questions? Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org
CINTAX, the income tax preparation software product used by Binghamton University, has issued a warning about a potential income tax e-mail scam that has come to their attention. Here is how it works:
An international student receives an email to which is attached what appears to be a letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on IRS letterhead and a Form W-4120B. The email appears to have been sent from the IRS and contains the subject line “LICR-Admin-l] [LICR]”.
The foreign national is then instructed to complete the attached Form W-4120B to be exempt from all U.S. interest income. The form asks for personal information (i.e., banking information). The international student is requested to fax the form to what appears to be a fax number located in Austin, TX. It all looks very legitimate, as one would expect from such a scam.
CINTAX strongly recommends that international students pay attention to these scams involving “emails” form the IRS. IRS will NEVER – not ever – send them an email. No exceptions. And, in no case should they ever respond to an email from the IRS (or any other governmental agency) seeking personal or banking information. IF the IRS needs to reach someone or has a question, the IRS will print a letter and then use the U.S. postal mail system. And, if there is missing information from a tax return, the original or a copy of the tax return is usually sent along with the letter requesting information, in which case, the person would re-submit the filing. The IRS will NEVER solicit a taxpayer to try to file a form to avoid paying tax.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural has announced the creation of the new J-1 visa web page http://j1visa.state.gov . The new website will make it easier for potential J-1 exchange visitors, as well as program sponsors and host families, to find the information they need to learn more about the various J-1 Exchange Visitor programs and how to apply.
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Most students and scholars are familiar with the I-94 card, also known as a departure card. It is the long white card that is distributed on airplanes (as well as land and sea ports) prior to entering the United States. It has three parts, and the bottom portion, the small white “departure” card, is stapled inside your passport after it is stamped by a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official at a US port of entry.
Unlike your passport, your US visa stamp, or your I-20 or DS-2019, the I-94 card is the one official travel document that is filled out by you. However, if what you write on the I-94 card (especially your name and date of birth) does not exactly match the information on your I-20 or DS-2019, there can be problems later if you are applying for a U.S. social security number or a driver’s license.
The I-94 card may not look very important, but it is the one U.S. immigration document that confers your ability to legally remain in the United States. It is supposed to stay with your passport, which is why it is frequently stapled next to the US visa page. It is very expensive to replace if lost, as the filing fee for a replacement I-94 is $330.
The I-94 card is supposed to be turned in to the airline whenever you travel outside the United States (except if you are traveling to Canada, Mexico or the adjacent islands for a trip of fewer than 30 days in which you will directly return to the United States to resume studies). However, sometimes airlines forget to collect the card.
In response to these issues, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services has a web page that explains how to correctly fill out an I-94 card, and instructions on what to do if your I-94 card is not collected when you depart the United States. This information on how to fill out the I-94 card is provided to all new students entering for Fall, but we want to share it with current students as well, since every return to the United States means you are filling out a new I-94 card.
For information on how to correctly fill out the I-94 card,
For information on what to do if you depart the United States and the airline fails to collect the I-94 card, visit:
Students who have lost their I-94 card should come to the ISSS for information on how to replace the card.
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Last Updated: 6/27/11