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Editor’s Note: Summer hours are now in effect through August 19, 2011. Most offices on campus will be open for most or all of the day from 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays. The ISSS will be open weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm, except Thursdays when we will be open from 11:30am to 3:45pm. We look forward to seeing you during the summer months.
It was wonderful to see students, family members and friends at Friday night's International Student Graduation Reception! The room was full and we hope that everyone enjoyed the evening. On behalf of the ISSS staff, I want to thank our co-sponsors: The Office of Alumni Relations and The Office of International Programs for helping to make this event possible.
My thanks to Jane Kalikanda, Melinda Hollicky and Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose for their timely and warm remarks.
ISSS staff will not be available on Tuesday afternoon, May 24. This means that employment walk-in hours are cancelled for that day and will be held instead on Thursday, May 26, from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. Staff will be participating in a division-wide event off campus.
A number of students who had indicated their intention to attend Friday's International Student Graduation Reception but then did not attend, have certificates of achievement ready for pick up in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. The ISSS will be sending e-mail messages early this week to students who did not pick up their certificates at the Graduation Reception.
Students who were at the reception and were informed that a certificate would be ready in the ISSS this week are asked to stop by beginning Wednesday. Thanks.
Congratulations to the approximately 3200 Binghamton University students who received their degrees at Saturday and Sunday's commencement exercises at the Events Center. There were more than 650 doctoral and master’s degrees awarded, and more than 2500 bachelor degrees. The ISSS will be posting photos from both the International Student Graduation Reception and the Graduate School’s Commencement Exercises soon.
Next Monday, May 30, 2011 is Memorial Day, a U.S. Federal holiday. All University offices and facilities will be closed. Locally, district schools are not in session, and banks and post offices are also closed. Binghamton University will also be observing the holiday. Summer Session classes are cancelled that day and offices, including the ISSS, are closed
Students traveling to the People’s Republic of China may find that they have difficulty accessing the Binghamton University e-mail account (BMail) at http://bmail.binghamton.edu This is because B mail is powered by GoogleMail, and access to various Google application services may be affected in China.
The May 09, 2011 edition of ISSS-BU News had an article on keeping B mail accounts after graduation. In that article, it stated that such accounts remain active for only a six-month period following graduation. But we have learned that this information is outdated. Now that the University has switched to B Mail as a Google application, all students keep their B mail account when they graduate. However, once you have graduated, the University is obligated to enable advertisements, as for any personal Gmail account you may already have.
For more information, visit: http://its.binghamton.edu/google-apps/faq
Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2011 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training after graduation are reminded to file their practical training applications well in advance of the date they would like practical training to begin. Currently, the USCIS Vermont Processing Center is taking approximately twelve weeks to process EAD cards for practical training.
In general, the ISSS recommends that practical training applications be filed at least 100 days (three months plus ten days) in advance of the requested starting date. So, if you would like your practical training to begin in late August to mid-October, now is the time to start the application process!
Your application must be received by the USCIS Vermont Processing Center no later than 60 days following your degree completion date, which is August 19, 2011 for Summer 2011 graduates.
Applications for OPT are available in the ISSS, and on-line at:
Please allow 7 to 10 days for ISSS processing. Still have questions? Then send an email message to email@example.com make an appointment with Karen Keefe-Guzikowski or Shawna Szabo, or attend the Tuesday afternoon employment walk-in appointment time, 1:30pm to 3:15pm.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2011, you must do two things:
Failure to take care of both steps may have negative consequences for your immigration status if you are an F-1 or J-1 student and have a SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 with a summer completion date.
10. Have You Received Your Income Tax Refund for 2010?
Students and scholars who filed their 2010 income tax forms by the April 18, 2011 deadline and were eligible to receive an income tax refund should have received their payments by now.
But, for those of you who expected a refund but have not received a response as yet, both the U.S. Federal government and the New York State government provide easy ways for you to check on the status of your refund.
The phone number for inquiries about federal income tax refunds is: 1-800-829-1954. Assistance is available Monday-Friday 7am to 10pm
You can also inquire on the web at:
The phone number for inquiries about NYS income tax refunds is:
1-800-443-3200. Assistance is available Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm
You can also inquire on the web at:
This information is also available on the ISSS tax web page. The direct link is:
You should have a copy of your income tax forms in front of you when you call or go on the web, as you will likely be asked to indicate the numbers of the forms you filed. You will also be asked for your social security number.
The most recent H-1B visa update was on Friday, May 13.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that applications continue to be processed, but the numbers continue to be much lower than a year ago. Approximately 11,200 H-1B cap-subject petitions (out of 65,000 visas available) and approximately 7,900 petitions (out of 20,000 visas available) qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption have been filed. Last year at this time, 19,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and 8,100 advance degree cap exemption petitions had been filed. So, cap-subject petitions have declined by 41% and advance degree cap exemption petitions have declined by 2.5%. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 H-1B petitions. The updates can be found on the USCIS’ Web site at www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count
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