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ISSS-BU News 23 April 2012 ISSS-BU News


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CONTENTS:

1. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2012 International Student Orientation
2. International Student Fest, Sunday, April 29
3. Do You Need to Extend Your I-20 or DS-2019?
4. Pre-Registration for Fall 2012 Ends May 11
5. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
6. U.S. Immigration Requirements If You Are Leaving Binghamton Permanently
7. Attention: Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants on the State Payroll and Other Students Who Work On-Campus
8. Are You Male, from the Republic of Korea, and Planning to Enter Military Service?
9. Latest Information on H-1B Visa Processing
10. Planning to Travel Outside the United States With a Child?
11. List of 2012 Job Fairs for Japanese-English Bi-Lingual Students

1. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2012 International Student Orientation
Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding Leadership and U.S. Culture Training experience to your resume? Then, sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer!

Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.

Leadership Volunteers engage in a 5-day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program:
· Help New Students Feel Comfortable in a New Environment (Networking)
· Meet Students’ Needs
· Share Important Information
· Learn about U.S. Culture
· Build Trust

The Training Program includes activities that give all Leadership Volunteers the opportunity to:
· Become a Team
· Prepare Presentations for Small Group Activities
· Understand the Needs of New International Students

During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at Check-In, welcome them during the Introductory Meeting, lead small group discussions, accompany them to all meals, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.

Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24, 2012. International Student Orientation starts Monday, August 27 and ends on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please fill out the form at this link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LV/

Questions? Contact Associate Director Karen Keefe-Guzikowski at kkeefe@binghamton.edu

2. International Student Fest, Sunday April 29
The Vice President for Multicultural Affairs of the undergraduate Student Association and the Multicultural Resource Center is sponsoring International Student Fest, an all-afternoon event with free food and entertainment on Sunday, April 29 from 12 noon to 4:00pm in the Dickinson Amphitheater (between Dickinson Dining Hall and the Old University Union. There is no admission charge.

3. Do You Need to Extend Your I-20 or DS-2019?
Students whose I-20 or DS-2019 will expire in May, but who will continue at Binghamton for Summer 2012 and/or Fall 2012 are reminded that they must complete the required paperwork for an extension before their I-20 or DS-2019 expires! A student whose I-20 ends in May, but who continues to take classes during the 2012 summer session will be out of status, with very serious immigration ramifications unless they apply for an extension of stay in a timely manner. All students with I-20s or DS-2019s with ending dates of May or Summer 2012 were recently sent an e-mail message regarding extension procedures. Do not let the deadline pass!

Information on extension procedures is available in the ISSS, and also at these links:

To extend an I-20 (F-1 visa):http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/index.html#two

To extend a DS-2019 (J-1 visa):http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/index.html#four

4. Pre-Registration for Fall 2012 Ends May 11
Fall 2012 Pre-Registration is now underway, and will continue until May 13, 2012. For general information on registration times visit:
http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm For your specific registration time for Fall 2012 pre-registration, go to BU Brain and click on “registration status” under the Student tab.

Your Student Account balance for spring 2012 must be paid in full (or you must have made payment arrangements) by the due date listed on your bill notification in order to participate in pre-registration for fall 2012. To view and pay your balance: Log into BU BRAIN. On the main menu screen, click Student Tools and on Student Tools screen, click Student Accounts where you can view and pay your account balance.
Please note: release of financial holds will not occur until the next business day.

The Registrar’s Office has posted the Fall 2012 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.

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).

5. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
The latest Campus and Community Connections newsletter has been posted at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/connect/CCC-Spring2012-35.pdf

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) publishes Campus and Community Connections to provide BU students with information on ways to participate in activities both on campus and in the local community, including:
* Upcoming Campus and Community Events
* Volunteer and Service Opportunities
* Internships (Credit and Non-Credit)
* Community-Based Research Project
Previous newsletters are archived at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/campusconnect.html
For more information on the Center for Civic Engagement, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/

6. U.S. Immigration Requirements If You Are Leaving Binghamton Permanently
ISSS staff are often asked what the immigration requirements are if a student will no longer be continuing at Binghamton, either because the student is returning to his/her home country, or is beginning Practical Training or Academic Training, or because the student is going to begin study at a new school.

Regardless of your plans, retain your old I-20s (or DS-2019s)! These forms represent your immigration history in the U.S. and should be kept in a safe place as you would any important document. In addition, you must complete a departure form, available on the ISSS website at

The immigration regulatory process for transferring your F-1 status from Binghamton to a new U.S. school requires you to provide proof of admission and complete a SEVIS Release Form with the ISSS so that your federal SEVIS record can be transferred to your new school. The SEVIS Release Form may be obtained in the ISSS or downloaded at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/essential-forms/SEVISRelse.pdf

Also, follow your new school's instructions for obtaining your I-20, and for reporting to that school in a timely fashion.

Students who will be ending their studies in May but have no plans to apply for practical training (F-1), academic training (J-1) or continue at a new school or in a new field or level of study, or seek a change of non-immigrant status must depart the United States within sixty days of completion of their academic program if they are in F-1 status, or within thirty days if they are in J-1 status. The ISSS departure form must also be completed at: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

7. Attention: Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants on the State Payroll and Other Students Who Work On-Campus
Any graduate assistants or teaching assistants who are completing their studies this semester are reminded that it is critical that they provide the State Payroll Office (2nd floor Couper Administration Building) or the Research Foundation Payroll Office (ITC Building) with a permanent home address for the remainder of 2012 to insure that all W-2 forms for income received in 2012 can be mailed to the correct address next January 2013.

In addition, any hourly student workers on the State Payroll or other campus payrolls (such as Sodexho Dining Services) who are completing their studies this semester are also reminded to provide the Payroll Office (2nd floor Couper Administration Building), if you are on the New York State payroll, or the payroll office of any other campus employer with an address for the remainder of 2012, to insure that all W-2 forms for income received in 2012 can be mailed to the correct address next January.

8. Are You Male, from the Republic of Korea, and Planning to Enter Military Service?
Many students who are from the Republic of Korea and male make plans to enter the military service for their required obligation some time during their years at Binghamton. If you are entering the Korean military this summer or fall, and will be pausing your studies while you are serving, please complete the ISSS on-line departure form at:

http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/ and read the important article at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/korean.html

9. Latest Information on H-1B Visa Processing
The most recent H-1B update was published less than two weeks ago, on Friday, April 13, 2012.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that approximately 20,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 9,700 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. 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.

It is interesting to compare these numbers with those of last year. On April 15, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 7,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 5,100 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. Thus, cap subject petitions have nearly tripled when compared with this time a year ago, and advanced degree petitions are ahead by more than 90%.

USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of FY2012 H-1B petitions. The updates can be found on the USCIS’ Web site at www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

10. Planning to Travel Outside the United States With a Child?
If you have a child (or children) with you in the United States, and plan to travel abroad with them this Spring or Summer, we recommend that you read an important article on the ISSS web site about travel with children. The article specifically addresses issues when only one parent is traveling with the children. Visit:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/parntchild.html

11. List of 2012 Job Fairs for Japanese-English Bi-Lingual Students
DISCO International, the organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals, the Boston Career Forum, will be holding several job fairs during 2012. Disco International encourages Japanese-English bilingual students to take advantage of these job fairs.

London Career Forum 2012
June 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/ldn/?lang=E

Tokyo Summer Career Forum 2012
June 30 and July 1 (Saturday and Sunday)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/tks/?lang=E

Los Angeles Career Forum 2012
Sept. 14 and 15 (Friday and Saturday)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/la/?lang=E

Boston Career Forum 2012
Oct. 19-21 (Friday-Sunday)
Website available in early May

Tokyo Winter Career Forum 2012: mid-December New York Career Forum 2013: February 2013

All the above Career Forums are for Japanese-English bilingual (at minimum conversational level in both Japanese and English) and looking for a full-time or internship position

Any questions about the Career Forum, please contact cfn@careerforum.net

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